Bearcats defeat Hokies in Military Bowl for 11th win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on New Year’s Eve. The Bearcats won 35-31 over the Hokies at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Bearcats improved to 11-2 on the season. They ended their season on a two-game win streak.

Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Hayden Moore is sacked by Quincy Roche against the Temple Owls
Hayden Moore is sacked by Quincy Roche against the Temple Owls (Getty Images)

Cincinnati had its best season since 2009 when the program went 12-1. It was their first 10-plus win season since the 2011 when the football team went 10-3.

The Hokies fell to 6-7 on the season. Virginia Tech had their two-game win streak snapped with this loss.

This is Virginia Tech’s first losing season since the 1992 season when the team went 2-8-1.

Bearcats backup quarterback Hayden Moore went 11 of 25 for 120 yards. He also had an interception.

Starter Desmond Ridder went 4 of 7 for 86 yards before being injured. He also had a touchdown.

Michael Warren II had 20 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Moore had nine carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Charles McClelland had two receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Rashad Medaris had two receptions for 43 yards. Trent Cloud had three receptions for 35 yards.

Hokies quarterback Ryan Willis went 20 of 31 for 219 yards. He also had two touchdowns and one interception.

Deshawn McClease had 13 carries for 102 yards. Jalen Holston had 10 carries for 40 yards. Willis had 12 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. Steven Peoples has nine carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Damon Hazelton had six receptions for 57 yards. Eric Kumah had three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. Tre Turner had a 40-yard reception. Chris Cunningham had two reception for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati scored 21 points in the second half. Warren II scored on a 40-yard rushing touchdown.

Moore also scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown. Warren II also scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown.

Virginia Tech had 17 points in the second half. Willis hit Cunningham for a two-yard touchdown reception.

Willis scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. Brian Johnson also made a 28-yard field goal.

The game was tied at 14 all at halftime. Willis hit Kumah for a 21-yard touchdown reception.

Peoples scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Bearcats’ Ridder hit McClelland for a 38-yard touchdown reception. Kahlil Lewis scored on a zero-yardage fumble return for a touchdown.

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