Bearcats defeat Miami (Ohio) in season-opener

The University of Cincinnati football team won the Battle for the Victory Bell, again.

Bearcats senior quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for five total touchdowns, including a career-long 81-yard score through the air, and No. 8/10-ranked (Associated Press/Coaches) Cincinnati coasted to a 49-14 win over in-state rival Miami University on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Nippert Stadium.

The lopsided victory marked the 15th straight for the Bearcats over the RedHawks, as UC knotted the nation's oldest non-conference series at 59 wins apiece all time (59-59-7).

Miami hasn't beaten Cincinnati since Sept. 28, 2005. Ridder was 6 years old.

Saturday also marked the reintroduction of Mike Tressel to UC fans. After 14 years at Michigan State, Tressel, who served as the Bearcats' linebackers and special teams coach from 2004-06, replaced Marcus Freeman as defensive coordinator in January after Freeman left for Notre Dame.

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