OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Another game of nothing but negatives on offense left Miami of Ohio without a win.
Hosey Williams' 1-yard touchdown run broke a scoreless tie with 4:55 to go, and self-destructive Cincinnati beat the RedHawks 14-0 on Saturday for an unprecedented eighth straight win in the rivalry.
Except for Bearcats players ringing the "Victory Bell" trophy in their locker room, this one was was about as quiet as it gets for a rivalry game, especially on Miami's side.
The RedHawks (0-3) had another dismal time with their run-based offense, managing only one net yard in the second half. The RedHawks' best play of the game was Zac Murphy's school-record 84-yard punt in the second quarter that helped keep Cincinnati at bay.
Miami ran 45 plays, with 11 of them losing yards. That doesn't include a pair of interceptions and a bunch of other plays that gained yards but not nearly enough. Miami went 0 for 11 on third-down tries and 0 for 3 on fourth down.
"You've got to be able to make big plays when you have the opportunity," coach Don Treadwell said. "At the end of the day, you've got to be able to take advantage. I think our players will tell you we left some plays on the field, plays they would all tell you they'd like to have another chance at, but you don't get that."
With 10,000-yard passer Zac Dysert gone, the RedHawks switched to a run-based offense that hasn't gone anywhere. Miami lost at Marshall 52-14 and at Kentucky 41-7. After Williams' run for the game's first touchdown, Austin Boucher's next pass was intercepted by Deven Drane, sealing the win for Cincinnati.
The RedHawks wound up with seven net yards rushing and 87 total yards. Boucher was sacked five times and threw two interceptions.
"We had too many things like that going on," said Boucher, who was 7 of 16 for 80 yards. "For every positive, there was a negative."
Cincinnati (3-1) put together a 16-play drive — its only notable one all day — that culminated in Williams' score. Quarterback Brendon Kay ran through a tackle to convert a third-down play and set up the touchdown.
After an interception, Kay went 1 yard on a keeper to put it away with 2:05 left.
"Some people will say it isn't pretty, but it is to me," Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Running the ball, playing defense and winning the game is always pretty to me."