Drive Chart
AP
CINCY

No Text

Luke Fickell wins debut with Cincinnati, 26-14

CINCINNATI (AP) Hayden Moore was told by first-year Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell that he won the quarterback job over Ross Trail last week.

Moore responded with touchdown passes to Thomas Geddis, Kahill Lewis and Tyler Cogswell in the Beacats' 26-14 win Thursday night over the Austin Peay Governors in the season opener for both teams.

The Bearcats offense started slowly and didn't score until the 10:54 mark in the second quarter.

''It felt similar to last year's game against Tennessee-Martin,'' Moore said in referring to the 2016 opener. ''I definitely had a slow start. I missed some throws, but as we settled down and I started making some easy throws, everybody started to do their job. That's what Coach always talks about: If everybody does their job we'll be good.''

Fickell came to Cincinnati after 18 years at Ohio State, serving as defensive coordinator for the bulk of his career there.

''It's been a while coming for these guys, for myself,'' Fickell said. ''Seven-and-a-half, eight months of kind of grinding through a lot of different things and emphasizing the journey that we've been on. To have some ups and downs, but ultimately to get the win.''

Fickell knows what power-conference football is like but recognizes the challenges are similar at any level.

''It's not easy, winning,'' Fickell said. ''I don't care what level, I don't care who you're playing. It's not. To come away with a win, to do the things we did, to have the adversity. I think that's probably, as we look back and go to evaluate this night, to see what we're really made of is I think what we're really gonna grow from.''

The Bearcats' other touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Mike Boone in the fourth quarter after the Governors had cut Cincinnati's lead to six.

Cincinnati's defense made some huge plays to keep the Governors from a chance at a win on the road.

Austin Peay's JaVaughn Craig threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Kentel Williams in the first quarter but was intercepted by defensive tackle Bryan White in the last minute of the first half. Jeremiah Oatsvall took over the Governors offense in the second half and led a 13-play, 66-yard scoring drive capped by Josh Alexander's 11-yard run to get the visitors within 20-14 with under 12 minutes left in the game.

The Governors turned the ball over on downs on the Bearcats 7 with 1:32 to play.

''This is as resilient a group as I've ever been around. They fight. I felt all week long that we had a chance to come out and compete,'' Austin Peay coach Will Healy said. ''If we could get to a one-score game in the fourth quarter, that's exactly what we wanted and where we expected to be. They made a big stop there on fourth down. We turned the ball over a couple times. They made big plays when they had to and we didn't.''

Austin Peay had 313 yards offense to the Bearcats' 249.

The Bearcats won for the first time since Oct. 22, a 31-19 win over East Carolina. The Bearcats were 1-7 down the stretch of a 4-8 season under Tommy Tuberville.

Austin Peay fell to 0-6 all-time against Cincinnati, and dropped its 28th game in a row. The Governors last victory came against Murray State, 20-13, on Oct. 18, 2014.

THE TAKEAWAY

Austin Peay: The last time Austin Peay played the Bearcats, they lost by a 72-10 margin in 2011. ... The Governors totaled 4,042 yards last season but allowed 5,573. Thursday, they held Cincinnati to 248 yards, 80 yards fewer than in any game in 2016.

Cincinnati: Andrew Ganz missed a 26-yard field goal and an extra point. Ganz is a two-time, all-conference selection. Ganz missed all but two games with a leg injury last season. ... Moore was one of three Bearcats quarterbacks to start games in 2016. He started seven, Ross Trail two and the departed Gunner Kiel three. The Bearcats hope Moore can offer continuity.

UP NEXT

Austin Peay: The Governors play the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks on Sept. 9, fewer than 40-miles from the site of their season opener. This is the third straight season the Governors will play two FBS opponents and the first time since 2013 they play them in back-to-back weeks. It will be their first meeting with the Redhawks.

Cincinnati: Fickell has a long history with the University of Michigan as a player and coach for Ohio State. Fickell's team will meet Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sept. 7 in the first meeting between the teams

Copyright 2017 by STATS. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 5:13
5-M.Boone runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
42
yds
01:57
pos
14
26
Point After TD 11:41
37-L.Birchfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 11:41
15-J.Alexander runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
3
yds
03:19
pos
13
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 3:29
16-A.Gantz extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
7
20
Touchdown 3:29
8-H.Moore complete to 18-T.Cogswell. 18-T.Cogswell runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
5
yds
02:48
pos
7
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:06
16-A.Gantz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 2:11
8-H.Moore complete to 1-K.Lewis. 1-K.Lewis runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
43
yds
1:26
pos
7
13
Point After TD 6:45
37-L.Birchfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:54
3-J.Craig complete to 5-K.Williams. 5-K.Williams runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
81
yds
3:50
pos
6
7
Point After TD 10:54
16-A.Gantz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:54
8-H.Moore complete to 85-T.Geddis. 85-T.Geddis runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
-5
yds
02:35
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 15
Rushing 12 6
Passing 5 7
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 3-17 3-11
4th Down Conv 3-5 0-0
Total Net Yards 307 248
Total Plays 79 57
Avg Gain 3.9 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 224 97
Rush Attempts 60 29
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 3.3
Net Yards Passing 83 151
Comp. - Att. 9-19 17-28
Yards Per Pass 4.4 5.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-44 8-50
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 7-41.1 6-42.2
Return Yards 59 85
Punts - Returns 1-1 4-42
Kickoffs - Returns 3-58 2-41
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-2
Kicking 2/2 2/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/3
Field Goals 0/0 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Austin Peay 0-1 070714
Cincinnati 1-0 0146626
83 PASS YDS 151
224 RUSH YDS 97
307 TOTAL YDS 248
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Craig 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 63 1 1 97.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 63 1 1 97.1
J. Craig 7/14 63 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Craig 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 92 0
J. Craig 15 92 0 25
K. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 40 0
K. Williams 18 40 0 13
A. Tanner 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 31 0
A. Tanner 7 31 0 14
J. Alexander 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 18 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 18 1
J. Alexander 5 18 1 11
P. Momodu 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
P. Momodu 2 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 34 1
K. Williams 2 34 1 19
J. Coleman 8 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 20 0
J. Coleman 2 20 0 15
J. Alexander 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
J. Alexander 2 18 0 13
G. Soumare 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
G. Soumare 1 13 0 13
J. Bond 7 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Bond 0 0 0 0
A. Tanner 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -7 0
A. Tanner 1 -7 0 -7
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Boynton 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Boynton 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Birchfield 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
0/0 2/2
L. Birchfield 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Stuart 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.1 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 41.1 1
D. Stuart 7 41.1 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
H. Moore 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.7% 151 3 0 141.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.7% 151 3 0 141.4
H. Moore 17/28 151 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Boone 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 100 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 100 1
M. Boone 19 100 1 26
H. Moore 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
H. Moore 2 9 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Geddis 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 48 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 48 1
T. Geddis 4 48 1 21
K. Lewis 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 41 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 41 1
K. Lewis 4 41 1 16
J. Rollins 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
J. Rollins 2 22 0 17
D. Gray 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
D. Gray 2 18 0 11
T. Cogswell 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 13 1
T. Cogswell 3 13 1 6
M. Boone 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
M. Boone 2 9 0 5
J. Deguara 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Deguara 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Young 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Young 1-0 0.0 0
T. Gilbert 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Gilbert 1-0 1.0 0
B. Wright 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Wright 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Gantz 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 2/3
SEASON FG XP
0/1 2/3
A. Gantz 0/1 0 2/3 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Smith 37 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 42.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 42.2 3
J. Smith 6 42.2 3 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Geddis 85 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
T. Geddis 1 24.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Gray 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 10.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 10.5 18 0
D. Gray 4 10.5 18 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 AP 22 3:11 6 26 Punt
10:47 AP 40 5:03 11 0 FUMBLE
3:41 AP 31 1:51 3 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AP 21 1:19 2 -1 Punt
10:49 AP 19 4:04 12 81 TD
5:48 AP 8 1:52 3 5 Punt
2:06 AP 25 2:01 10 -17 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:58 AP 13 1:32 3 -12 Punt
8:28 AP 20 2:00 5 -12 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AP 44 3:19 11 56 TD
9:36 AP 10 2:06 4 1 Punt
5:09 AP 40 3:14 11 53
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:37 CINCY 5 0:43 5 6 Punt
5:36 CINCY 40 1:48 4 -15 Punt
1:41 CINCY 28 1:08 3 5 FUMBLE
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 CINCY 47 2:35 9 -5 TD
6:40 CINCY 30 0:39 3 -2 Punt
3:46 AP 43 1:40 6 -15 TD
0:01 CINCY 8 0:00 1 -3 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 CINCY 29 2:46 5 20 Punt
10:08 AP 26 1:37 5 18 FG Miss
6:17 CINCY 42 2:48 10 58 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 CINCY 33 1:54 6 21 Punt
7:10 AP 42 1:57 5 42 TD
1:32 CINCY 7 0:57 3 -3 End of game