Monday, April 23, 2018
Sports

Bearcats beaten for first time

TOLEDO, Ohio — Bernard Reedy scored on a 91-yard kickoff return and Toledo beat No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23 Saturday night, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season.

Cincinnati's only lead came late in the third quarter, and it only lasted a few seconds. Reedy was barely touched as he scampered up the field to put the Rockets in front 26-20. It was Reedy's third touchdown on special teams in three weeks.

Toledo also got five field goals from Jeremiah Detmer, the last with 42 seconds left after the Rockets ate up seven minutes with a pivotal drive. The Rockets have won six straight after an opening loss at Arizona.

The Bearcats had one last chance but Munchie Legaux's second interception ended any hope. Jermaine Robinson returned Legaux's first interception for a 75-yard touchdown in the first half.

The Rockets, who allowed 624 yards and a lot of big plays a week earlier against Eastern Michigan, kept the multitalented Legaux and his high-scoring offense in check. The Bearcats had averaged 37 points per game. Legaux had 228 yards passing and 66 yards on the ground but never totally got on track.

NO. 19 RUTGERS 35, TEMPLE 10: Once Gary Nova and Jawan Jamison got going, undefeated Rutgers couldn't be stopped.

It just took the visiting Scarlet Knights 30 minutes to get started.

Nova threw four touchdowns in the second half to lead unbeaten Rutgers to a comeback victory.

Jamison had 114 yards rushing and 81 receiving and Nova threw for 232 yards as the Scarlet Knights erased a 10-0 halftime deficit in their first game with Temple since the Owls were kicked out of the Big East in 2004.

"In the second half we were just able to execute better," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "I wish there was a magical speech."

Held to 110 yards in the first half, the Scarlet Knights scored on their first four possessions in the second and racked up 271 yards in the last 30 minutes.

Nova hit Tim Wright on a 32-yard score to cap a 75-yard drive and cut Temple's lead to 10-7. Jamison then caught a short pass over the middle, broke a tackle, juked a defender, and ran to the end zone for a 32-yard TD catch that gave Rutgers a 14-10 edge.

"We just have the ability to fight," Jamison said. "We play together and punch adversity in the face."

"It's one of the worst third quarters I've seen in a long time," Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "You take a game in which we had complete and utter control in the first half and came out in the third quarter and just totally blew the third quarter out. To their credit, in the third quarter I felt like they played like a big-time team."

PITTSBURGH 20, BUFFALO 6: Rushel Shell and fellow running back Ray Graham had a touchdown each for the visiting Panthers in slick and blustery conditions. "Me and Ray got pretty excited about the rain, so we just knew that sometime in the game it was going to depend on us," Shell said. "It was pretty fun."

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