OXFORD, Ohio — In surprising, can-you-consider-this trend, the College of Cincinnati rallied to beat Miami College 21-17 and retained the collection’ touring Victory Bell right here Saturday night time.

It was the twelfth straight yr that UC has crushed Miami, regardless of the Bearcats showing hopelessly crushed. Miami had even greased the objective posts beforehand, in order that spectators couldn’t tear them down within the occasion of a RedHawks victory.

UC junior security Malik Clements returned an interception 14 yards for a landing with 1:07 left, which lifted UC to a 21-17 lead. UC trailed 17-6 with four:forty five remaining, however scored 15 factors in a span of two:fifty two to take the lead.

What did Clements assume when he out of the blue noticed the ball coming his method, thrown by Miami junior quarterback Gus Ragland?

“I used to be saying that I’ve to catch it,” Clements stated, smiling. “The sport was on the road, and large-time gamers make huge-time performs. I simply needed to make a play for my staff.”

Miami marched downfield for a remaining drive, however on 4th-and-5 from the UC 20-yard line, Ragland was pressured closely by defensive deal with Cortez Broughton and different Bearcats. Ragland’s throw fell incomplete with 7 seconds left, and UC gamers quickly raced over for his or her annual Bell ringing on the sidelines.

“It is an unimaginable program win,” first-yr UC coach Luke Fickell stated afterward, to the tune of extra Bell-ringing simply outdoors the locker room. “To place your self behind the eight-ball like we did, and to see guys proceed to struggle and scratch and claw. There was no give-up. There was no pouting. No chins down, heads down. That is what I am most pleased with.”

The staff additionally made a postgame journey over to its followers, to sing the varsity struggle track in a decrease nook of Yager Stadium seats.

Miami followers watched all this in surprised silence, some unable to maneuver from their seats for a number of minutes. Attendance was 21,811 at a stadium that seats 24,286.

UC (2-1) entered as a four-level underdog, the primary time in a few years that Miami was favored on this rivalry recreation.

Miami (1-2) is coming off a bowl look, after a resurgent 2016 season beneath coach Chuck Martin.