BearcatReport – VIDEO: Fickell Post ECU

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In one spurt in the first half, Cincinnati had its offense, defense and special teams going and also claiming momentum. But the trick is to keep it.

Cincinnati went down 5-0, scored 21 in a row and held off East Carolina for a 27-25 win on Friday night. In that sprint, the Bearcats got a 100-yard kickoff return from Jadon Thompson and touchdowns from Tyler Scott and Tre Tucker.

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For Cincinnati, it was another case of a close game when there were a few negatives that kept the game close. But there were just enough positives to win.

The Bearcats won 454-310, but made some big stops when needed, including one trailing fourth to East Carolina, which handed the ball back to Cincinnati in the final minutes.

For coach Luke Fickell, style points don’t really matter. The Bearcats are back in second place in the AAC with two games to go. And if they can win, they’ll play in the AAC championship game, with the opportunity to host.

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“November is for champions and November is for champions teams,” Fickell said. “You want to play for something in November. We could all say we always play for things, but what you do in January and what you do off-season is really meant for November.”