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November 18, 2006

Cincinnati Chops down Rutgers 30-11

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CINCINNATI -- Nick Davila showed Rutgers what the value of senior leadership is all about.

Davila completed 11-of-15 passes for a career-high 277 yards and cornerback DeAngelo Smith returned an interception for an 84-yard touchdown as Cincinnati ended seventh-ranked Rutgers' bid for a perfect season with a 30-11 Big East Conference victory.

After coming off the bench to throw for 167 yards and two touchdowns in last week's loss to West Virginia, Davila - who also set a personal best in completions - led the Bearcats (6-5, 3-3 Big East) to their first win in five tries against top-10 opponents this season.

Entering fourth nationally in total defense (231.7) and scoring defense (10.9), Rutgers (9-1, 4-1) surrendered a season high in points while scoring a season low. The Scarlet Knights were denied in their bid for their first undefeated season since 1976.

Coming off a dramatic comeback victory against Louisville on November 9, Rutgers fell into a three-way tie with the Cardinals and West Virginia in the race for the Big East championship. The Scarlet Knights meet Syracuse next Saturday before closing the regular season against the Mountaineers.

After Kevin Lovell opened the scoring for Cincinnati with a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, Davila capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run on the second play of the second period for a 10-0 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Scarlet Knights quarterback Mike Teel's pass was intercepted by Smith, who raced 84 yards to the end zone for a 17-0 advantage. It was Teel's 10th interception of the campaign.

The teams traded field goals before the lefthanded Davila connected with Brent Celek for an 83-yard touchdown with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter, widening the Bearcats' margin to 27-3.

Cincinnati limited Rutgers to 288 yards on offense, including just 85 in the first half, while gaining 402 to become bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years. The Bearcats face Connecticut next Saturday.

Despite becoming Rutgers' all-time single-season rushing leader (1,388), Ray Rice was held to just 54 yards on 18 carries, snapping a seven-game streak of 100-yard outings. He scored a one-yard TD late in the fourth quarter.

Teel finished 18-of-54 for 238 yards and four interceptions for the Scarlet Knights, who fell to 1-4-1 here all-time.



1st Quarter
5:04Cincinnati: FG, K Lovell 32 YD
2nd Quarter
14:16Cincinnati: TD, N Davila 1 YD RUN (K Lovell KICK)
9:43Cincinnati: TD, D Smith 84 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (K Lovell KICK)
5:38Rutgers: FG, J Ito 34 YD
3rd Quarter
5:35Cincinnati: FG, K Lovell 19 YD
3:11Cincinnati: TD, B Celek 83 YD PASS FROM N Davila (K Lovell KICK)
4th Quarter
9:15Cincinnati: FG, K Lovell 27 YD
5:34Rutgers: TD, R Rice 1 YD RUN (M Teel PASS TO T Underwood FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
CincinnatiRutgers
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS1514
TOTAL NET YARDS402288
Total Plays6163
Average Gain6.64.6
NET YARDS RUSHING12550
Rushes4621
Average per rush2.72.4
NET YARDS PASSING277238
Completions-attempted11-1521-42
Sacked01
Yards Lost07
TOTAL TURNOVERS34
Interceptions04
Fumbles Lost30
OTHER
Penalties76
Penalty Yards7045
Time of Possesion32:4127:19
Punts45
Punt Average4641.4
Return Yards9211
CincinnatiCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Nick Davila (9)1115277-018.5
RutgersCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Mike Teel (14)2142238-45.7
CincinnatiATTYDSTDAVG
Greg Moore (48)1656-3.5
Bradley Glatthaar (11)1327-2.1
Nick Davila (9)623-3.8
Butler Benton (23)814-1.8
Doug Jones (86)35-1.7
RutgersATTYDSTDAVG
Raymell Rice (27)1854-3.0
Brian Leonard (23)23-1.5
Mike Teel (14)1-7--7.0
CincinnatiATTYDSTDAVG
Brent Celek (85)183-83.0
Derrick Stewart (10)263-31.5
Butler Benton (23)162-62.0
Dominick Goodman (16)119-19.0
Kazeem Alli (83)217-8.5
Connor Barwin (14)19-9.0
Bill Poland (84)18-8.0
Jared Martin (24)18-8.0
Doug Jones (86)18-8.0
RutgersATTYDSTDAVG
Clark Harris (81)5102-20.4
James Townsend (83)224-12.0
Kenny Britt (88)991-10.1
Brian Leonard (23)413-3.3
Tiquan Underwood (7)18-8.0


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