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Cincinnati clocks Louisville

Nov 15, 2008 - 6:30 AM LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Cincinnati won a nail-biter to capture the Keg of Nails.

The 22nd-ranked Bearcats remain in control of their Big East and BCS destinies after a 28-20 victory over Louisville on Friday.

The victory snapped a stretch of five consecutive losses to the Cardinals (5-5, 1-4 Big East) by the Bearcats.

"I think I said earlier in the week that this wasn't much of rivalry. We had not won any games against Louisville in quite some time. I think we all can officially say the rivalry is back on," Bearcats coach Brian Kelly said. "I thought both teams played really hard, and there was a lot of emotion in the game tonight. And that is fitting of teams that are in the same conference 90 miles away."

Tony Pike was 18-of-32 for 250 yards passing and two touchdowns in the victory.

The game was a see-saw battle with Cincinnati (8-2, 4-1) jumping on top on a touchdown pass from Pike to Marshawn Gilyard that covered 48 yards in the first quarter.

Cantwell came back and led a drive that finished with a 2-yard run by James Bryant to tie it at 7-7.

A field goal by Ryan Payne from 23 yards gave the Cardinals their first lead, but Pike went back to work and had the Bearcats in front when Jacob Ramsey scored from a yard out.

Louisville regained the lead at the half, driving 75 yards and scoring on Victor Anderson's 3-yard run.

Payne kicked a field goal to make it 20-14 in favor of Louisville, but that was the end of the Cardinals' scoring.

Pike hit Dominick Goodman for a 32-yard scoring play to make it 21-20 in the third quarter. The reception was Goodman's 21st TD catch of his college career, tying Jim O'Brien's school record. That would be the same Jim O'Brien who kicked a field goal for the Baltimore Colts to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.

"It means a lot to this program, especially with Louisville having the keg for so long," said Goodman, who had nine catches for 134 yards. "For us to come out here on there home place, and winning the keg back. It means a lot to us, to bring it back to Cincinnati. That was a great thing."

Pike was knocked silly and let the game. Cincinnati sent Dustin Grutza into the game, his first appearance since suffering a broken right leg against Oklahoma on September 6.

Grutza led a touchdown drive that bumped the lead to 28-20 when John Goebel scored on a 6-yard run in the final period.

"Yeah, the one where I almost fell, yea, we went off the tackle, behind Jeff Linkenbach, he made a great block," Goebel said. "I think it might have been Dominick Goodman running the route, the DB was locked on, and basically it was an automatic touchdown. I tripped over the famous invisible man. But I'm happy we got in, on the play after that."

Cincinnati had a chance to ice the game with less than two minutes left, but Jake Rogers missed his third field goal of the game. Rogers has missed four straight after making 13 in a row.

Louisville's Hunter Cantwell threw four consecutive incomplete passes and the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs.

"We need to get going in the right direction," Cantwell said after the Cardinals lost their third straight game. "We gotta get ready to beat WVU and that is the only thought in our heads. ... We have to stick together. We can't listen to what people are saying and get ready to beat WVU."

Kragthorpe is looking to steady a shaky ship.

"I'll take all of the blame for what has happened over the course of the last year and a half," the Cardinals' coach said. "I'll take the blame for what happened tonight. The players just have to stay positive and keep grinding. They've got to keep battling. I take full responsibility for what's happened, so don't blame the players, blame me."

Kelly, meanwhile, loves the resiliency of his team.

"Once again we have to go back to the drawing board at the quarterback position," Kelly said. "Tony Pike was injured, Dustin Grutza came out and limped his way to a huge drive, that set up the eventual score, it was kind of a magical situation for those that have followed in our trials and tribulations this year."






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    Cincinnati 28, Louisville 20  FinalNov 14 11:43 PM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CINCINNATI (22) 7 7 7 7 28
    LOUISVILLE 7 10 3 0 20 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CINCINNATI - TD, MARSHWAN GILYARD 48 YD PASS
    FROM TONY PIKE (JAKE ROGERS
    KICK), 3:18. CINCINNATI 7-0
    LOUISVILLE - TD, JAMES BRYANT 2 YD PASS FROM
    HUNTER CANTWELL (RYAN PAYNE
    KICK), 12:01. CINCINNATI 7-7
    2N

    Nov 14 11:31 PM


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    CINCINNATI (22) 28
    LOUISVILLE 20 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Nov 14 11:30 PM
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    Cincinnati 28, Louisville 20  4th - 3:18Nov 14 11:24 PM
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    Cincinnati 28, Louisville 20  4th - 6:29Nov 14 11:13 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CINCINNATI
    JOHN GOEBEL 6 YD RUN
    (JAKE ROGERS KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 28
    LOUISVILLE 20 6:29 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cincinnati 28, Louisville 20  4th - 6:29Nov 14 11:05 PM
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  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CINCINNATI (22) 7 7 7 21
    LOUISVILLE 7 10 3 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CINCINNATI - TD, MARSHWAN GILYARD 48 YD PASS
    FROM TONY PIKE (JAKE ROGERS
    KICK), 3:18. CINCINNATI 7-0
    LOUISVILLE - TD, JAMES BRYANT 2 YD PASS FROM
    HUNTER CANTWELL (RYAN PAYNE
    KICK), 12:01. C

    Nov 14 10:43 PM
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    Cincinnati 21, Louisville 20  3rd - 6:38Nov 14 10:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CINCINNATI
    DOMINICK GOODMAN 23 YD PASS FROM TONY PIKE
    (JAKE ROGERS KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 21
    LOUISVILLE 20 6:38 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cincinnati 21, Louisville 20  3rd - 6:38Nov 14 10:24 PM
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    Cincinnati 14, Louisville 20  3rd - 11:35Nov 14 10:20 PM


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    FG LOUISVILLE
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    CINCINNATI (22) 14
    LOUISVILLE 20 11:35 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cincinnati 14, Louisville 20  3rd - 11:35Nov 14 10:06 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CINCINNATI (22) 7 7 14
    LOUISVILLE 7 10 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CINCINNATI - TD, MARSHWAN GILYARD 48 YD PASS
    FROM TONY PIKE (JAKE ROGERS
    KICK), 3:18. CINCINNATI 7-0
    LOUISVILLE - TD, JAMES BRYANT 2 YD PASS FROM
    HUNTER CANTWELL (RYAN PAYNE
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    Nov 14 9:34 PM


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    TD LOUISVILLE
    VICTOR ANDERSON 3 YD RUN
    (RYAN PAYNE KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 14
    LOUISVILLE 17 1:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cincinnati 14, Louisville 17  2nd - 1:47Nov 14 9:23 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CINCINNATI
    JACOB RAMSEY 1 YD RUN
    (JAKE ROGERS KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 14
    LOUISVILLE 10 4:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cincinnati 14, Louisville 10  2nd - 4:46Nov 14 9:14 PM
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    Cincinnati 7, Louisville 10  2nd - 10:13Nov 14 9:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG LOUISVILLE
    RYAN PAYNE 23 YD
    CINCINNATI (22) 7
    LOUISVILLE 10 11:52 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cincinnati 7, Louisville 10  2nd - 11:52Nov 14 8:52 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CINCINNATI (22) 7 7
    LOUISVILLE 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CINCINNATI - TD, MARSHWAN GILYARD 48 YD PASS
    FROM TONY PIKE (JAKE ROGERS
    KICK), 3:18. CINCINNATI 7-0
    LOUISVILLE - TD, JAMES BRYANT 2 YD PASS FROM
    HUNTER CANTWELL (JON PAYNE
    KICK), 12:01. CI

    Nov 14 8:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD LOUISVILLE
    JAMES BRYANT 2 YD PASS FROM HUNTER CANTWELL
    (JON PAYNE KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 7
    LOUISVILLE 7 2:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cincinnati 7, Louisville 7  1st - 2:59Nov 14 8:37 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CINCINNATI
    MARSHWAN GILYARD 48 YD PASS FROM TONY PIKE
    (JAKE ROGERS KICK)
    CINCINNATI (22) 7
    LOUISVILLE 0 11:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cincinnati 7, Louisville 0  1st - 11:42Nov 14 8:15 PM
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