Munchie Legaux scored on t 10-yard run in the second quarter to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead over Purdue.
The Cincinnati stopped the Boilermaker offense to setup the go-ahead score. Putdue had a first and goal from the UC five but lost 17 yards in three plays. A 39-yard field goal attempt by Paul Griggs was wide left.
Legaux ran the ball into the endzone to capitalize on the opportunity.
The Cincinnati defense pinned the Boilermakers inside its own 10 with three minutes left in the half.
A booming punt by Cody Webster sailed over the head of Anthony McClung'x head. The wide receiver/return man couldn't make an over the shoulder catch at the UC 20. The ball rolled off his fingertips with Purdue recovering the fumble at the Cincinnati seven.
Purdue quarterback Rob Henry scored on a keeper on the first play.
Leguax led the Bearcats on a 75-yard drive on seven plays. He tossed a touchdown pass to Blake Annen with 17 seconds left in the half to provide UC's 14-7 halftime lead.