Cougars Fall to Bearcats, 48-31

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    CINCINNATI (AP) (Oct. 7) - Ray Jackson rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and Adam Hoover passed for two more as Cincinnati beat Houston 48-31 on Saturday.

    Houston's Joffery Reynolds, left, scores a touchdown in the second quarter as Cincinnati's Dejuan Gossett tries to stop him at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Saturday, Oct 7, 2000. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
    Jackson had 23 carries and touchdown runs of 7, 1 and 27 yards for the Bearcats (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA). It was Jackson's third consecutive 100-yard game, but the first time Houston allowed an opposing runner 100 yards this season.

    Hoover was 15-of-25 for 268 yards, with two interceptions.

    Jason McKinley was 30-of-40 for 330 yards, with one touchdown and one interception for Houston (2-4, 1-1). It was McKinley's fifth 300-yard game this season and the ninth of his career.

    Hanik Milligan kept his interception streak alive, getting his fifth of the season, all in the Cougars' past three games.

    Cincinnati scored 17 points in the first quarter, a season high, on Jackon's 7-yard run, DeMarco McCleskey's 10-yard run and Jonathan Ruffin's 27-yard field goal. Cincinnati scored the first three times it got the ball, and Houston gave up the ball on a fumble and an interception its first two possessions.

    The Bearcats' 530 yards of total offense was their most in 56 games, and Houston's 77 yards rushing were the fewest by an opponent since East Carolina rushed for 35 yards on Nov. 13, 1997.



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