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       === Bedeviled: Cincinnati shocks Duke with a pair of late TDs ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC (Sports  Network) -  Travis Kelce  posted an  83-yard touchdown
 reception  and Nick  Temple added a 55-yard interception return -- both in the
 final  minute  of regulation -- as  Cincinnati rallied to down Duke, 48-34, in
 the Belk Bowl.
 
 Brendon  Kay  finished  with  332  yards passing  and  a bowl-record four  TDs
 on  17-of-25 efficiency  for  the Bearcats  (10-3),  who  finished  the season
 with  three straight victories.
 
 Kelce ended up with 123 yards on five catches, Anthony McClung added 110 yards
 and  another  score on three grabs,  while George Winn paced the ground attack
 with 130 yards and a 46-yard TD run on 16 carries.
 
 Sean  Renfree was  37-of-49 for 358 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions
 for  the  Blue Devils (6-7), who  were poised to  post their first bowl win in
 more than five decades but fell short in shocking fashion.
 
 Connor  Vernon struck  for 119  yards and  one score  on 10  receptions, David
 Reeves  posted a TD  catch, and Josh Snead totaled 107 yards on 17 carries but
 produced a costly fumble in defeat.
 
 Brandon  Connette  threw for  a score and  also rushed for  one, but it wasn't
 enough in Duke's first bowl appearance since 1995.
 
 Blue  Devils  freshman kicker  Ross Martin  made a 52-yarder  with 7:24 on the
 clock  for  a tie contest, and  though Cincinnati failed on its ensuing drive,
 the Bearcats defense came up huge in the final moments.
 
 Duke  reached the  Cincinnati 5-yard line, but Snead coughed up the ball while
 trying  to  break free  up  the  middle  on  2nd-and-goal, and  John  Williams
 recovered for Cincinnati with 1:20 to play.
 
 Four  plays later,  on  a 1st-and-10  from the  Cincinnati  17-yard line,  Kay
 found Kelce in the secondary and he raced untouched the rest of the way for an
 83-yard touchdown and 41-34 game with 44 ticks left.
 
 Duke  then took over on its own 32. Following a roughing-the-passer call which
 advanced  the  ball to  the Cincy 40,  Renfree was drilled  by Maalik Bomar as
 he  threw. The  ball fell into Temple's hands and he outraced several pursuers
 for the insurance score.
 
 Connette's  5-yard scamper  capped the  opening possession,  a 79-yard  march.
 Martin's  extra  point was blocked, and  though the alert kicker recovered and
 tried for the pylon on the right side, he was ruled down just short.
 
 Martin added a 33-yard field goal to cap Duke's next touch, then it was a 16-0
 game  for the  Blue Devils after Tony Foster  blocked a punt and fell on it in
 the end zone.
 
 Tony  Miliano's 45-yard attempt got Cincinnati on the board late in the first,
 and  the  Bearcats pulled within 16-10  after a 26-yard connection from Kay to
 McClung with just over four minutes left in the second period.
 
 Cincy  then  went ahead  by a point  with 42  seconds left in  the half as Kay
 lofted  a ball down  the left side for Ralph David Abernathy IV, who came down
 with it in coverage and dove across the goal line for a 41-yard score.
 
 Aided  by a  55-yard catch-and-run by McClung and a personal foul penalty, the
 Bearcats  went up 20-16  early in the third quarter on a Miliano 27-yard make.
 Renfree  was  picked off  five plays  later, and Cincinnati  took a 27-16 lead
 after a 46-yard run to paydirt by Winn.
 
 Vernon's  10-yard catch  from Renfree pulled Duke within five and a conversion
 pass to Issac Blakeney made it 27-24 with three minutes left in the third.
 
 Connette's 2-yard pass to Reeves pushed the Blue Devils ahead 31-27 with 12:45
 left  in  regulation, but  Cincy struck back  on the next  series as Kay found
 Chris Moore for a 25-yard score.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cincinnati reached the 10-win plateau for the second straight season and fifth
 in  the  last six ... The  Bearcats have won  two straight bowl games, after a
 31-24 decision against Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31, 2011 ... The
 Atlantic  Coast  Conference fell to 6-5  all-time in this bowl, which has been
 contested  every year  since 2002 in Charlotte ... Duke hadn't seen postseason
 action  since Jan. 2,  1995, when it lost to Wisconsin by a 34-20 count in the
 Outback Bowl ... The schools combined for 1,114 yards of total offense, 560 of
 those by Duke.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/28 09:30:53 ET

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