UC adds two touchdowns in the second quarter.
Toim Green scored on a three-yard run. Backup quarterback Bennie Coney led the Bearcats on a 75-yard drive in eight plays.
Northwestern State aided by a pair of defensive penalties scored on a six-yard run by De'Mard Llorens with 3;43 left in the half. The Demons were stopped short of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt.
Cincinnati scored again with 1:34 left in the half on a 15-yard pass from Kay to Anthony McClung.
Demons kicker Chris Moore kicked a 47-yard field goal with eight seconds left to make the halftime score, 35-9