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College Football: What to know about Saturday’s Miami-Cincinnati game

Who: Cincinnati (1-0) at Miami (0-1).

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Paul Brown Stadium (65, 535), Cincinnati.

Coaches: Cincinnati Luke Fickell, second season, 11-15 overall, 5-8 at Cincinnati; Miami Chuck Martin, fifth season, 90-41 overall, 16-34 at Miami.

Last time: Cincinnati scored 15 points in the last 2:52 to pull out a 21-17 win at Nippert Stadium. A 14-yard interception return for a go-ahead touchdown by Malik Clements with 1:07 left in the game capped the comeback.

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Series notes: Miami leads 59-56-7, including 2-2 at neutral sites. … This year’s game technically is a Miami home game. … Cincinnati has won 12 straight games and 13 out of the last 14 in the series. … RedHawks last win was 44-16 in 2005 in Oxford. … Bearcats edged Miami 31-24 in the 2014 game at Paul Brown Stadium. … The last four games all have been single-possession finales, decided by a combined 22 points.

Stat pack: Cincinnati RB Michael Warren II 35 carries, 142 yards, 4.1 average, 3 TDs; QB Desmond Ridder 13-of-24 passing, 100 yards, 0 TD, 0 ints; RB Michael Warren II 3 catches, 29 yards, 0 TDs; DT Marquis Copeland 7 tackles, 7 solo.

Miami RB Alonzo Smith 8 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD; QB Gus Ragland 25-of-46 passing, 357 yards, 3 TDs, 0 ints; RB Kenny Young 6 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD; LB Junior McMullen, 9 tackles, 6 solo.

Local flavor: Fr. DE Malik Vann, Fairfield; Fr. OL Colin Truett, Lebanon; Fr. RB TayvionThomas, Dunbar; Fr. CB Jake Tewart, Lebanon; Fr. TE Leonard Taylor, Springfield; So. LB Ty Sponseller, Mason; Fr. K Cole Smith, Middletown; Jr. WR Braxton Neal, Lakota West; Fr OL Cody Lamb, Miamisburg; Fr. RB Michael Kopaygorodsky, Mason; Fr. WR Meechi Harris, Xenia; So. OL Darius Harper, Springfield; Fr. S Will Adams, Mason.

Worth noting: Cincinnati’s current winning streak is by far the longest in series history. … The first game in the series was played in 1888 and the rivalry is college football’s oldest west of the Alleghenies and has racked up the fifth-most games among Football Bowl Subdivision programs. … The rivalry is the nation’s oldest among non-conference teams.

Quotes:

Bearcats senior cornerback Tyrell Gilbert on the rivalry: “Coming into the program, the UC-Miami game was always one of the biggest games of the year – something that all the guys always talk about. You see the (Victory) Bell when you walk through the facility, where all the trophies are. It’s a week that all the guys take very seriously – coaches, faculty members, everybody.”

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