Bearcats D wants better game against Murray State

Entering last week's 125th Battle for the Victory Bell, the University of Cincinnati defense had forced a turnover in 20 straight games. It was the longest active streak in the FBS.

Sixty minutes later, that streak was over.

The Bearcats failed to create a turnover in their 49-14 home win Saturday over in-state rival Miami University.

Well, kind of.

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With Cincinnati ahead 35-0 on the final play of the first half, UC senior defensive end Malik Vann appeared to have caused a fumble on a strip sack of RedHawks quarterback AJ Mayer. Vann returned the loose ball for a touchdown.

Miami Redhawks quarterback AJ Mayer (10) throws a pass in the first half of the NCAA football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Miami Redhawks on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

But Vann's forced fumble and score were negated after officials ruled the play an incomplete pass.

"Supposedly, afterwards in the second half, the official said that that should've been a fumble. I don't know," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said Tuesday. "To be honest with you, I was kind of surprised that they (Miami) took a shot at it. But I don't know if I watched it close enough to say, hey, it's close. But it's not like you're sending that in to get evaluated, so you just gotta move on and know close isn't good enough for where we are."

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