Friday December 12th, 2014

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Virginia Tech Hokies will meet Saturday afternoon in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. The Bearcats (9-3) finished 7-1 in American Athletic Conference play, earning a share of the conference title for the first time since moving from the Big East. The Hokies (6-6) finished 3-5 in ACC play, placing them sixth in the ACC Coastal Division. 

After starting 2-3, Cincinnati finished the season with seven straight wins. Virginia Tech lost four of its last six games, but the Hokies took down Virginia 24-20 in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28.

How to watch

Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live-streamed here

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio: For a list of Cincinnati affiliates, click here. For a list of Virginia Tech affiliates, click here.

Recent results

Cincinnati

12/6: Cincinnati 38, Houston 31

Munchie Legaux filled in at quarterback for Gunner Kiel after Kiel left with leg cramps, going 10-of-14 for 158 yards to help Cincinnati hold off Houston and clinch a share of the American Athletic Conference championship. Kiel threw two touchdowns before exiting in the second quarter, helping the Bearcats put the Cougars out of reach with 14-point second and third quarters. Both teams enjoyed explosive offensive performances, as Houston outgained Cincinnati 594-500.

11/29: Cincinnati 14, Temple 6

Cincinnati scored all its points in the second quarter, but that was all it needed as it held Temple to a pair of field goals. The Bearcats also forced the Owls to punt eight times. Gunner Kiel went 19-of-31 for Cincinnati, connecting with Mekale McKay on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

11/22: Cincinnati 41, UConn 0

Gunner Kiel threw three touchdown passes while Cincinnati held UConn to just 129 yards of total offense. The game was 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Bearcats put up 20 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third. Four different Cincinnati rushers combined for 249 rushing yards.

Virginia Tech

11/28: Virginia Tech 24, Virginia 20

Virginia Tech won the Commonwealth Cup and extended its bowl streak, the second-longest in college football, on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Bucky Hodges with 1:48 remaining. VT enjoyed a balanced attack with 235 passing yards and 198 rushing yards, and it survived three turnovers to pick up the win.

11/22: Wake Forest 6, Virginia Tech 3 (2OT)

Each team punted nine times as offense was in low supply in Wake Forest's third win of the season. Both teams struggled especially on third down, as the Hokies went 3-of-15 and the Demon Deacons went 5-of-20. Zero points were scored in regulation. Wake Forest opened overtime with a 49-yard field goal from Mike Weaver, then Virginia Tech's Joey Slye tied the game with a 28-yarder. In the second portion, Weaver connected on a 39-yard game-winner.

11/15: Virginia Tech 17, Duke 16

Virginia Tech held on for an upset road win when Duke was unable to convert on 4th-and-21 from its 40-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. The Blue Devils outgained the Hokies 326-293, but were forced into five goals and missed two.

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