Tion Green's two-yard touchdown run put the Cincinnati Bearcats ahead with 5:09 left in the game determined the final score in the 27-20 win over the rival from Oxford.
The Miami Redhawks (Redskins) and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats met for the 12st time with Miami leading the series 59-54 with seven ties/
The game was tied at halftime but Cincinnati pulled away on a 12-play 54-yard drive.
Miami held a 20-17 lead at the end of three quaters on a 58-yard strike from Miami quarterback Billy Bahl to Jared Murphy.
Mike Boone countered with a two-yard run that knotted the game at 17. The play capped a 66-yard, 12 play drive for the Bearcats.
Miami's Nick Dowd put his team up 20-10 but Josh Pasley tied it after Miami stopped the Bearcats after a first and goal from their own seven.
The Redhawks had one more chance but lost two yards after getting the ball on their own 39 with 5:02 left.
The Redhawks defense needed a stop on a third and 12 from the Cincinnati 45 but Ross Trail, playing for the injured Hayden Moore, threaded the needle to a tightly covered Kahill Lewis who made the key catch.
(Trail) “I though he did well for his first start," Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We kept it pretty light. Ross made some mistakes. Hayden has a lower ankle sprain – he played on it in the second half last week. Hopefully he’ll get some practice time this week.”
The Bearcats ran the clock down to nine seconds from the Miami 19.
“It went exactly as we thought," Tuberville said. "We knew it was going to come down to the end, as they all have. We turned the ball over a couple of times. I knew that was going to happen with a new quarterback.”
Miami won the turnover battle 3-2 with two interceptions and a recovered fumble. Cincinnati intercepted Bahl once and recovered his fumble after a sack.
"For us to win we have to win the turnover battle," Miami coach Chuck Martin said. "With us being a 17-point underdog being even wasn[t good enough. Billy had some turnovers, fumbling in the pocket. I know he's a big strong guy and wants to make a play but we have to learn to cut our losses."
Cincinati outgained Miami 461 to 313. It was the most yards the Miami defense has allowed this season.
Cincinnati 3-1 will play the University of South Florida in a conference game at 7:00 pm October 1 at Nippert Stadium.
Miami (0-4) will open its Mid American Conference schedule at home against the Ohio University Bobcats at 2:30 pm.