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Cincinnati Bearcats Postgame Notes: Coach Fickell homecoming not what he expected in 42-0 loss at #5 Ohio State

Luke Fickell UC coach wished his team had played better on a national stage (megasportsnews.com photo)

LUKE FICKELL PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

65,419 Luke Fickell UC coach On team got a humbling experience against Ohio State 9 7 2019

65,420 Luke Fickell UC coach On safety Tyriq McDonald getting injured Is he doing well 9 7 2019

65,421 Luke Fickell UC coach This game was a measuring stick to see where you measure up Has to get better going forward 9 7 2019

65,422 Luke Fickell UC coach On his return to alma mater sentimental to him at all 9 7 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, and No. 5 Ohio State coasted to a 42-0 rout of Cincinnati on Saturday.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Buckeyes (2-0) dismantled Cincinnati in Luke Fickell‘s return to Ohio Stadium. The third-year Bearcats coach played at Ohio State then spent 11 years on the other sideline as an assistant, and interim coach in 2011.

“They just ruined any sentimental thought you had,” Fickell said. “I’m just disappointed we couldn’t give them a real game.”

The Bearcats (1-1) came in with confidence after an opening week win over UCLA but their chances of beating Ohio State for the first time in 122 years began to dissipate when Justin Fields scurried up for the middle for a 7-yard touchdown run on the Buckeyes’ second drive of the game. By halftime it was 28-0.

The Ohio State defense held down Cincinnati and shut the door with a blocked field goal, an interception and fumble for a touchback on the three occasions the Bearcats threatened. The Buckeyes sacked quarterback Desmond Ritter five times.

“I think today was another step in the journey, the right step — where we want to be,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Cincinnati: With the drama surrounding the return of Fickell, the Bearcats were expected by many to give Ohio State more of a game. But the Buckeyes’ defensive line made it tough to establish any ground game. Ritter hit a few passes for big gains but otherwise the offensive highlights were few.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes exploited the talent deficit, and their skill players and defense improved from last week. The team made fewer mistakes and is clicking as it heads into Big Ten play next week at Indiana.

GAME NOTES

*UC had chances to score. In the 2nd quarter, PK Sam Crosa had a 32-yard FG blocked by OSU DE Chase Young when the score was still manageable at 7-0 Ohio State.

The other opportunity was in the 4th quarter and trailing 42-0, UC drove inside the 20-yard line and on the next play, had a 15-yard TD run in his grasp, but fumbled as he was being tackled at the 1 and the ball, after a scramble by both teams, trickled out of the end zone for no points and Buckeyes ball. So, a possible 10 points went down the drain.

FICKELL QUOTES

“Its tough on everybody in that lockerroom”!

“We never recovered our momentum after Tyriq McDonald got hurt”!

“A humbling experience”!

“The blocked field goal took away any momentum we had”!

 

PORTIONS OF GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS