No. 21 Cincinnati holds on to edge SMU 29-27

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Cincinnati edge SMU
Cincinnati running back Charles McClelland (10) is congratulated by offensive linemen Joe Huber (60) and James Tunstall (72) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against SMU, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Coe kicked a school-record five field goals, including a season-long 52-yarder, and No. 21 Cincinnati held on for a 29-27 win over SMU.

The Bearcats broke up a potential game-tying two-point play in the closing minutes to clinch their sixth consecutive victory.

McClelland and Montgomery provided a 1-2-punch

Charles McClelland and Ryan Montgomery scored on runs of 76 yards and 1 yard for the Bearcats, who have won 19 consecutive games against American Athletic Conference opponents.

Cincinnati edge SMU

After Tyler Lavine scored on a 1-yard plunge with 1:57 left to pull SMU within two, Preston Stone’s pass intended for Roderick Daniels Jr. was incomplete.