CINCINNATI — Junior quarterback Tony Pike, making his first start for Cincinnati, was 20-of-24 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday in a 45-20 victory over Miami of Ohio, in the 113th meeting between the schools.
Pike, who had just 38 pass attempts coming in, replaced senior Dustin Grutza, who fractured his right fibula and sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter on Sept. 6 at Oklahoma.
Grutza, who passed for 514 yards and four touchdowns in two games, is out indefinitely.
Miami leads the nation's oldest non-conference rivalry 59-47-7. The first meeting, on Dec. 8, 1888, was the first college football game played in Ohio.
John Goebel returned the opening kickoff 43 yards, helping set up a 38-yard field goal by Jake Rogers to put Cincinnati ahead 3-0. Goebel later scored on a 5-yard run for a 10-0 lead.
Mardy Gilyard, who had 365 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma, had six receptions Saturday for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Junior QB Daniel Raudabaugh rallied the RedHawks from a 24-10 deficit; his second TD pass made the score 24-20 and DeAndre Gilmore recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Cincinnati 46-yard line.
But Cinicnnati's Mike Mickens intercepted a Raudabaugh pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bearcats ahead 31-20.
SYRACUSE 30, N'EASTERN 21: Doug Hogue gained 100 yards and scored two touchdowns and Curtis Brinkley ran for 145 yards and another score as the host Orange earned its first win this season.
Syracuse, which had lost its first three games by a combined 127-51, finally found an obliging opponent in Northeastern (0-3) of Division I-AA.
Still, it wasn't easy for a team that's 8-31 in Greg Robinson's three-plus years as coach. Northeastern converted 10 of 14 third downs, gained 383 yards on offense and never seemed out of the game against one of the worst defenses in the nation, even after falling behind 27-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Syracuse's Cam Dantley converted two third downs to set up Brinkley's 3-yard scoring run and a 24-7 lead. But the Huskies struck back quickly, going 80 yards in five plays. Anthony Orio hit Chris Plum for a 54-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 24-14. Orio drove the Huskies to another score, keying a 62-yard drive with runs of 10 and 6 yards to set up a TD that made it 27-21.
NAVY 23, RUTGERS 21: Matt Harmon kicked a late field goal to win it for the Midshipmen in a game attended by Naval Academy graduate and presidential candidate John McCain.
McCain was at the game for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1958, but it wasn't known if he stayed around long enough to see Harmon's kick put Navy up for good with 2:06 left in front of a record crowd of 37,821.
Ross Pospisil sealed the win with an interception with 1:34 left. Freshman Jourdan Brooks rushed for 134 yards and scored two touchdowns in his first-ever start for Rutgers, which is 0-3 for the first time since 1999.