Scores

Final

South Florida 6

(5-3, 1-2 American)

Cincinnati 23

(4-4, 1-2 American)

8:00 PM ET, October 22, 2006

Nippert Stadium, CINCINNATI, OH

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 0 0 66
CIN 2 0 7 1423

Top Performers

Passing: P. Julmiste (USF) - 80 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: G. Moore (CIN) - 12 CAR, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Hill (USF) - 3 REC, 26 YDS, 1 TD

Cincinnati thumps USF for first Big East win of season 

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kevin McCullough returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown, and Greg Moore and Butler Benton had touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to lead Cincinnati over South Florida 23-6 Sunday night.

Neither offense reached the end zone until the fourth, when Moore's 1-yard run and Benton's 27-yard score helped the Bearcats (4-4, 1-2 Big East) take a 23-0 lead.

Two linebackers combined on the play that put Cincinnati ahead 9-0 in the third. Trevor Anderson stripped the ball from South Florida's Taurus Johnson, and McCullough ran back the fumble for the game's first touchdown.

The Bulls (5-3, 1-2) committed three turnovers. Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Grothe lost a fumble in the first quarter, and he was intercepted at the Bearcats' 11-yard line by Dominic Ross in the third.

South Florida avoided a shutout on backup quarterback Pat Julmiste's 10-yard touchdown pass to Amp Hill with 50 seconds remaining.

The game started four hours after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Carolina Panthers 17-14 a couple miles south of the University of Cincinnati campus and drew a crowd of only 15,889 -- almost 4,000 below the Bearcats' average in four previous home games.

Fans who had ticket stubs from the Bengals' game were eligible for discounted tickets to the college game.

The Bearcats had a 2-0 lead at halftime. Bulls running back Benjamin Williams was tackled by Anderson in the South Florida end zone for a safety with 5:39 left in the first quarter.

The Bulls came in averaging 379.4 yards of offense and were held to 219, their fewest in 15 games since gaining 174 in a 27-7 loss at Miami on Oct. 1, 2005.

Both teams played on Sunday night for the first time.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
CIN
1st Downs1317
Total Yards219296
Passing127105
Rushing92191
Penalties6-355-55
3rd Down Conversions3-144-14
4th Down Conversions2-41-2
Turnovers30
Possession25:3434:26

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Julmiste8/15805.310-
Grothe11/21472.201-
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Grutza11/181055.800-

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ponton9384.2011
Grothe7223.1010
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moore12665.5124
Benton11555.0127

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Randolph4358.8024
Hill3268.7111
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goodman3175.708
Jackson3124.009

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFCIN
S5:39TEAM SAFETY02
THIRD QUARTERUSFCIN
TD1:02KEVIN MCCULLOUGH 39 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (KEVIN LOVELL KICK)09
FOURTH QUARTERUSFCIN
TD12:52GREG MOORE 1 YD RUN (KEVIN LOVELL KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 27 yards.
016
TD2:47BUTLER BENTON 27 YD RUN (KEVIN LOVELL KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yards.
023
TD0:50AMP HILL 11 YD PASS FROM PAT JULMISTE (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yards.
623