Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, George Winn added 70 yards and a score on the ground, and the Cincinnati Bearcats clinched a share of their 4th Big East championship in the last five years.
The Bearcats (9-3, 5-2 Big East) came out hot, opening up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind a perfectly executed trick play in which tight end Travis Kelce, who had already been on the receiving end of the game’s first touchdown, completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Brendon Kay.
The perfectly played game of role reversal put the Bearcats out in front and they never looked back.
Tight end Travis Kelce again stole the show for the Bearcats. The senior tight end continued to increase his draft stock with another outstanding showing.
Kelce caught 5 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns, all of which came in addition to his first career touchdown pass, which came on his first career attempt, in the first quarter.
Anthony McClung led the team in receptions with 6 catches for 70 yards on a night when eight different Bearcats logged at least one reception.
Despite allowed 264 yards through the air, the Bearcat defense did a good job of limiting the Huskies’ (5-7, 2-5 Big East) to just 17 points with their ability to turn the ball over.
The Bearcats recorded three interceptions on the night, including two off of Johnny McEntee and another off of Chandler Whitmer.
The win all but assures the Bearcats of a berth in the Belk Bowl, with a bid to the Russell Athletic Bowl also still in the play.
With a win in their bowl game, the Bearcats would reach the 10-win plateau for the 5th time in just six seasons.
More importantly, though, the win secures yet another Big East championship for a Cincinnati football program still working to earn its place amongst college football’s best.