By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Following the game, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and East Carolina Mike Houston had a lengthy conversation. Houston reportedly was not pleased with a fake punt with the Bearcats leading by 32 points.
“We haven’t talked about it at all this week,” Fickell said after the game. “Actually, we took it out of the books. I don’t even think it’s on record anymore. That game didn’t happen. No, I think for us in general, we’ve kind of said this is a redemption tour. It wasn’t just Memphis since they beat us twice. The act of trying to take something or gain something is still a championship.
“For us in general, that’s kind of the big picture, it’s a redemption tour, whether it’s ECU and the numbers they put up offensively against us last year, or it was Memphis, who beat us twice, it’s still, ‘How are we going to take a championship? How are we going to win a championship we believe we’ve worked for and deserve.’ It’s a part of it, but things that happened last year don’t go easily by the wayside and there are things you don’t forget, that’s for sure.”
Cincinnati is now 11-13 all-time in the series.
This is the third straight year that Cincinnati won in the series. They have outscored in those three games 157-66.
The Bearcats are now 7-0. The Pirates; however, dropped to 1-6.
Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder went 24 of 31 for 327 yards. He had three touchdowns.
Cameron Young had one carry for 75 yards and a touchdown. Tre Tucker had four receptions for 69 yards and one touchdowns.
East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahler went 9 of 20 for 87 yards. He also had three interceptions.
Keaton Mitchell had 17 carries for 124 yards and one touchdown. Mitchell also had one reception for 26 yards.
Young had an aforementioned rushing touchdown for the Bearcats. Ridder and Jerome Ford also combined for three additional rushing touchdowns.
Tucker had his aforementioned touchdown reception. Michael Young Jr. and Jayshon Jackson also had touchdown receptions, too.
Jarrell White also had a 26-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
Mitchell had an aforementioned rushing touchdown for the Pirates. Rahjai Harris also had a rushing touchdown, as well.
Jake Verity also made a 32-yard field goal.
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