Cincinnati Bearcat football out to a 6-0 start after demolishing UCF

On a recent social media video posted by the University of Cincinnati, junior running back Jerome Ford wore a microphone in practice and repeatedly reminded teammates to "eat your vegetables".

On a sun-splashed Saturday at Nippert Stadium, Ford saw plenty of green, chewing up the home turf for his fourth 100-plus yard game of the season. The 215-pounder had 189 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Bearcats bashed UCF's Knights 56-21.

Though he broke a 79-yarder, Ford prefers the up close and personal trudges through the trenches.

"I feel the physical runs take the heart of the defense," Ford said. "I think when O-line drops the defensive line and we break tackles that takes the heart."

As for heart-healthy vegetables, he goes for cucumbers, mixed in vinegar with some salt and pepper.

"That's my secret," Ford said.

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UC (6-0) won its third straight game against future Big 12 mate UCF and the 24th in a row at Nippert Stadium.  As for the AAC, it was the ninth consecutive league win dating back to the 2019 conference championship. That said, the locker room apparently wasn't as celebratory as it was two weeks ago when the Bearcats won at Notre Dame.

Cincinnati Bearcats fans cheer during the NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated UCF Knights 56-21.

"I reminded those guys this is a far cry from where we were five years ago," UC coach Luke Fickell said, referring to a rain-shortened 51-23 thrashing UCF gave the Bearcats in 2017. "The guys that have been here for five years, the Desmond Ridders, Myjai Sanders, Joel Deblankos kind of turned this program and this culture around."

Ford scored 24 of UC's 35 points by halftime and began receiving endorsements from the ABC television crew for Heisman to go along with the accolades already received by senior quarterback Desmond Ridder. 

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