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Cincinnati Scouting Report

This week's Scouting Report, breaking down OU's Week 4 opponent, the Cincinnati Bearcats, including roster, strengths, weaknesses, stats, and more.

Last Week

Cincinnati was defeated by Miami of Ohio 31-24 in OT at home.

Box Score

Miami (OH) RedHawks7773731
Cincinnati Bearcats10338024
Saturday, September 16th, 2023. Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Stat Leaders

Emory Jones – 18/34 (52.9%), 265 yards, 7.8 Y/A, 0 TD, 2 INT, 61.6 QBR
Ryan Montgomery – 20 carries, 104 yards, 5.2 avg, 0 TD, 26 long
Emory Jones – 20 carries, 101 yards, 5.1 avg, 1 TD, 17 long
Xzavier Henderson – 12 catches, 140 yards, 11.7 avg, 0 TD, 22 long
Dee Wiggins – 3 catches, 51 yards, 17.0 avg, 0 TD, 20 long

Jack Dingle – 7 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Byron Threats – 6 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.0 TFL
Dorian Jones – 6 tackles
Taj Ward – 4 tackles, 1 PD
Malik Vann – 2 tackles, 1.0 sack

Find the full season stats below.


CINCINNATI — Brett Gabbert threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Joe Wilkins Jr. in overtime and the Miami Redhawks defeated its oldest rival the Cincinnati Bearcats 31-24 on Saturday night, breaking a 16-game losing streak in the series.

Cincinnati’s Emory Jones‘ pass on fourth down from the 2 was intercepted by Yahsyn McKee to end it.

Carter Brown‘s 35-yard field goal attempt was blocked by McKee as time expired to force overtime. They also played overtime games in 1996 and 1997.

Cincinnati was inside the Miami 10-yard line four times, but managed just three field goals in the first three quarters after scoring on their first possession.

Miami (2-1) shocked the Bearcats with a 79-yard scoring strike from Gabbert to Gage Larvadain on the first play from scrimmage, forcing Cincinnati to play from behind for the first time this season. The Bearcats responded on the next series with an 80-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown plunge by Corey Kiner.

The lead changed four times after that.

Gabbert, the younger brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert, threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He also led Miami with 58 yards rushing.

Miami last defeated it’s oldest rival in 2005 and are 60-60-7 in the series.

-Associated Press


Record: 2-1
Points PG: 39 (30th of 133)
Opp PPG: 21.7 (62nd of 133)
Strength of Schedule: 91st of 133

I’m not quite sure what to make of Cincinnati at this point. They are 2-1 on the season with a blowout win over FCS Eastern Kentucky 66-13, a close win at Pitt 27-21 & they dropped a game in OT this past week to Miami (OH) at home 31-24.

Eastern Kentucky looks pretty rough at 0-3, with on of those losses being to fellow FCS foe Western CarolinaPitt is 1-2 with losses to Cinci & West Virginia, with their lone win also being over a winless FCS foe (Wofford).

Cincinnati has run the ball well in all 3 games this season. Averaging 239 ypg on the ground. Even vs Pitt, who typically has a stout defense, the Bearcats rushed for 216 yards & 5.1 ypc. Though 93 of those yards came on 2 carries, a 68 yard run by RB Corey Kiner & a 25 yard pop on a reverse to WR Aaron Turner.

A huge key to the game will very clearly be how OU consistently holds up vs the run.

The Bearcat passing game has not been nearly as consistent as the run game. While they are averaging 286 yards passing per game, a 438 yard outing vs Eastern Kentucky (FCS) inflates their numbers a bit. Against Pitt, Jones only passed for 125 yards (2 TD 1 INT). With 30 of Cincinnati’s 155 yards passing vs Pitt coming off a trick play pass from WR Braden Smith.

Defensively Cincinnati has been really solid to date. They have only given up an average of 310 yards per game vs FBS opponents, & are only giving up 102 rush ypg vs the FBS. But again, it’s difficult to know exactly how well they are playing on that side given just how bad Pitt has shown to be offensively this year. Pitt is averaging just 236 ypg in total offense vs FBS opponents this year. The Miami (OH) game is an odd one that stick out in a lot of ways. Cincinnati outgained them 538 to 358 & had multiple drives that should have ended up in points where they came up emptyhanded, & it ultimately cost them the game. But…Miami (OH) averaged 7.3 yards per play, which is a bit surprising IMO seeing them be that efficient offensively vs a more talented unit.

As BV said today, it will be a line-of-scrimmage game. OU has gotta stop the run, including the quick perimeter passing game is part of teams rush offense these days. The OU OL also needs to have their best game YTD IMO. While I don’t think Cincinnati is dominant along their front, they are easily one of the better units this Sooner team will face in 2023. If Cincinnati can consistently stop the OU run game with a light box, it’s going to make things that much more difficult for the OU passing game to find space vertically. – Caleb Cummings

PFF Grades

Cincinnati BearcatsOFFENSEDEFENSE
SCORING (PPG)39.021.7
PASSING (AVG)286.0197.7
Comp-Att (AVG)60-8835-77
Compl. % (AVG)68.245.5
Sacks (Against/For)610
3rd Down24-4712-35
3rd Pct.51.634.3
4th Down5-73-5
4th Pct.71.460.0
Field Goals52
No Conversion30

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