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Bearcats nonetheless making an attempt to turn into bowl-eligible/
Tom Groeschen

The numbers are pretty plain. The College of Cincinnati soccer workforce should go four-zero in November to realize bowl eligibility, however first the Bearcats should discover ways to win only one recreation once more.

UC (2-6, zero-four American Athletic Convention East) has misplaced 5 consecutive video games, most lately a 31-28 home overtime loss to SMU on Oct. 21. After a bye week, UC next visits Tulane (3-5, 1-3 AAC West) Saturday at 4 p.m. in New Orleans.

“We’re just trying to win out, get bowl eligible and finish the season on a good note,” UC senior left tackle Korey Cunningham said Tuesday. “Finish my career here at UC on a high note.”

UC last won on Sept. 16, when the Bearcats needed a late rally to beat rival Miami University 21-17.

“I was thinking about that this morning,” Cunningham said. “Haven’t had that win since Miami of Ohio. I was like, man, I want to feel that feeling one more time. That feel of a victory.”

UC coach Luke Fickell, speaking Tuesday at his weekly media luncheon, said the Bearcats had some of their best practices of the season during the bye week. 

“It was a much-needed bye, a much-needed break in a lot of different ways,” Fickell said. “A bye after a loss like we had, one that was gut-wrenching in overtime, makes it very difficult. I think you heard some of our guys say that, ‘I wish we got to go right back out and play,’ because of that taste in your mouth after a game like that.”

Some coaches talk about byes helping to heal physical hurts. In UC’s case, Fickell said it was more of a mental break.

“It was a time for those guys to kind of get away and relax their minds a little bit, not prepare for a game,” Fickell said. “To kind of have a weekend where they can take a couple of deep breaths.”

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On the upside, the UC running game netted a season-high 249 yards against SMU. UC also held SMU’s nationally No. 6-ranked scoring offense (43.6 points per game) to 28 points in regulation. On the major downside, UC lost on the final play of overtime when quarterback Hayden Moore was intercepted. 

UC also still ranks in the lower echelon of most national statistical categories. That includes 111th in total offense (337.4 ypg) and 89th in total defense…