Cincinnati crushes SMU 41-3

Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Nick Temple returns a fumble for a touchdown against SMU as the Bearcat mascot celebrates.

DALLAS (AP) — Gunner Kiel threw for 241 yards and ran for 50 to lead Cincinnati over SMU 41-3 on Saturday.

Cincinnati (3-3, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) took the opening drive 60 yards in eight plays, with Rob Moore carrying from two yards for the early score, though the extra point attempt failed.

SMU (0-6, 0-2) responded with its most impressive drive of the day, marching 64 yards on 16 plays but settled for Cody Rademacher’s 29-yard field goal.

After that, it was all Bearcats.

Andrew Gantz hit a 40-yard field goal, which preceded Jarred Evans’ 7-yard touchdown scamper and Kiel’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton.

Just before the half, Jeff Luc sacked Garrett Krstich, who fumbled, and Nick Temple gathered it and went 27 yards for a touchdown to give Cincinnati a 28-3 lead at intermission.

Cincinnati added Mike Boone’s 1-yard plunge and Gantz’s two field goals in the second half.