By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston College Eagles had to wait more than a year to play in a Bowl game that mattered. Due to inclement weather, the Eagles and the Boise State Broncos had their 2018 game ruled a no contest.
The Eagles were defeated by (21) Cincinnati Bearcats, 38-6, in the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl on Thursday at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 6-7 on the season. The Bearcats improved to 11-3.
Cincinnati has won 11 games in back-to-back seasons. This is the first-time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons that the team has won 11 or more games in a season.
They went 11-3 during the 2008 season. The following year, the team went 12-1.
The Bearcats improved to 8-8 all-time in Bowl games. This is their second straight Bowl game, as they also won 35-31 over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on Dec. 31, 2018.
The Eagles fell to 14-13 all-time in Bowl games. This is their second straight Bowl loss, as they were defeated by the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Pinstripe Bowl, 27-20, at New Yankee Stadium in New York, New York on Dec. 27, 2017.
Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder went 14 of 24 for 95 yards. He threw one touchdown pass.
Ridder had 21 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns. Jayshon Johnson had two receptions for 33 yards.
Eagles quarterback Dennis Grosel went 8 of 17 for 87 yards.
David Bailey had eight carries for 28 yards. Hunter Long had two receptions for 45 yards.
Cincinnati outscored Boston College, 21-6, in the second half. Ridder hit Malick Mbodj had an eight-yard touchdown reception.
Ridder also scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown. Ryan Montgomery also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Eagles’ Brandon Sebastian scored on a 58-yard blocked field goal returned for a touchdown. Following the touchdown, the two-point conversion failed.
The Bearcats led 17-0 at halftime. Ridder scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown. He also added a 14-yard rushing touchdown.
Sam Crosa also made a 32-yard field goal.