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Notre Dame hires Cincy's Freeman as defensive coordinator

Jan. 8, 2021 6:42 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame has found its new defensive coordinator, hiring Marcus Freeman away from Cincinnati. Freeman, who turns 35 on Sunday, had spent the last three seasons as Cincinnati’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. He now will fill both those roles at Notre Dame. He...

Georgia wide receiver George Pickens (1) is hit by Cincinnati cornerback Arquon Bush (9) during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

No. 6 Cincinnati comes up short as unbeaten season ends

Jan. 1, 2021 6:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Cincinnati came oh so close to toppling a Power 5 opponent on a big stage. The sixth-ranked Bearcats blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of the Peach Bowl on Friday, losing their perfect record when Jack Podlesny kicked a 53-yard field goal in the final seconds of Georgia's 24-21...

Georgia place kicker Jack Podlesny, offensive player of the game, stands with Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia won 22-21. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Podlesny's FG lifts Georgia past Cincinnati in Peach Bowl

Jan. 1, 2021 5:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Jack Podlesny told Georgia coaches before Friday's Peach Bowl that he felt confident attempting field goals from as long as 55 yards — a full 4 yards past his career best. Podlesny made good on his claim, kicking a 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, and No. 11 Georgia...

FILE - Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell shouts instructions to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, in this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, file photo. Fickell knew he might surprise some by suggesting No. 11 Georgia is the best team Cincinnati has faced in his four seasons as head coach. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

No. 6 Cincinnati an underdog in Peach against No. 11 Georgia

Dec. 31, 2020 12:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Luke Fickell knew he might surprise some by suggesting No. 11 Georgia is the best team Cincinnati has faced in his four seasons as head coach. After all, then-No. 5 Ohio State crushed the Bearcats 42-0 early in the 2019 season. Cincinnati has another opportunity against what he refers to as...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder runs for a touchdown against Memphis during the first half of an NCAA college football game for the American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is known for his dual-threat skills. JT Daniels has used his arm strength to add balance to Georgia's attack.The two quarterbacks also boast impressive football intelligence, and that may be the biggest reason neither has lost a game as a starter this season as they prepare to meet in Friday's Peach Bowl.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Unbeaten No. 6 Cincinnati to face No. 11 Georgia in Peach

Dec. 31, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Peach Bowl: No. 6 Cincinnati (9-0, No. 8 CFP) vs. No. 11 Georgia (7-2, No. 9 CFP at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Friday, 12:30 p.m. EST. Line: Georgia by 7. Series record: Georgia leads 2-0. WHAT’S AT STAKE American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati is trying to complete its first undefeated...

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is known for his dual-threat skills. JT Daniels has used his arm strength to add balance to Georgia's attack. The two quarterbacks also boast impressive football intelligence, and that may be the biggest reason neither has lost a game as a starter this season as they prepare to meet in Friday's Peach Bowl.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Ridder, Daniels put winning streaks on line in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2020 4:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is known for his dual-threat skills. JT Daniels has used his arm strength to add balance to Georgia's attack. The two quarterbacks also boast impressive football intelligence, and that may be the biggest reason neither has lost a game as a starter this season as...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart pauses during timeout against Florida in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Kirby Smart says rising COVID-19 numbers have him concerned as the No. 11 Bulldogs prepare for Friday's Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Georgia's Smart wary of COVID-19 results before Peach Bowl

Dec. 28, 2020 4:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Rising COVID-19 numbers have Georgia coach Kirby Smart concerned as the No. 11 Bulldogs prepare for Friday's Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Cincinnati. Smart said four players, including defensive standouts Eric Stokes and Monty Rice, will miss the game due to opting out for the NFL draft or...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder throws a pass during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 6 Cincinnati lands Peach Bowl date with No. 11 Georgia

Dec. 20, 2020 6:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coach Luke Fickell believes No. 6 Cincinnati has a lot on the line in its Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Georgia, even though the Bearcats didn't land in the College Football Playoff. Fickell said the Jan. 1 bowl game is a chance for the Bearcats to show they deserve the same respect given to...

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall (10) throws against Troy during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Troy, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Coastal Carolina, Cincinnati headline Bowl Day snubs

Dec. 20, 2020 6:10 PM EST

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers did everything asked of them and then some. Coastal played 11 games during a pandemic that wreaked havoc on schedules nationwide and won them all. The Chanticleers even added unbeaten BYU late in the season on short notice and pulled out a victory in one of the season’s...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder holds the trophy following the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 27-24. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 6 Cincinnati to face No. 11 Georgia in Peach Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EST

No. 6 Cincinnati (9-0, American Athletic Conference) vs. No. 11 Georgia (7-2, Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. ET LOCATION: Atlanta TOP PLAYERS Cincinnati: RB Gerrid Doaks and QB Desmond Ridder combined for 19 rushing touchdowns and almost 1,300 yards. Ridder passed for 2,090 yards with 17 touchdowns...