College Football
Cincinnati 42, Murray State 7
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Head Official: Tim Rich
Attendance: 33498

Desmond Ridder went 14-of-22 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 7 Cincinnati to a 42-7 home win over FCS opponent Murray State on Saturday.

The game was tied 7-7 at halftime, but the Bearcats scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 2-0.

Jerome Ford rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries for Cincinnati.

Murray State quarterback Preston Rice went 17-of-29 passing for 149 yards and three interceptions in defeat for the Racers (1-1), who held the ball for 34:48.

But Murray State hurt itself with mistakes, committing five turnovers and 11 penalties for 60 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, Murray State opened the scoring in the second, taking a 7-0 lead with 13:41 remaining until halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by Rice.

Cincinnati answered, tying the game at 7-7 with 9:41 left in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Ridder to Noah Davis.

The Bearcats took a 14-7 lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by Ford with 10:05 remaining in the third quarter.

With 4:58 left in the third quarter, Ford scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to put the Bearcats ahead 21-7.

Following a fumble recovery at the Murray State 23-yard line, Cincinnati then took a 28-7 lead with 14:13 remaining in the game on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ridder to Tyler Scott.

Ford scored his third touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run with 10:50 left to make it 35-7.

Cincinnati rounded out the scoring with 1:08 remaining on an 18-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Evan Prater to Payten Singletary.

The Bearcats amassed 391 yards of total offense and committed just one turnover.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Murray State   Cincinnati
Damonta Witherspoon Player Jerome Ford
16 Attempts 18
52 Yards 113
3.2 Avg Yards 6.3
0 Touchdowns 3
0 Long 0
Murray State   Cincinnati
Deshun Britten Player Tyler Scott
5 Receptions 4
58 Yards 74
11.6 Avg Yards 18.5
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Murray State 242 93 149 1 0 0 0 0
Cincinnati 391 130 261 6 0 3 1.0 0