CINCINNATI — Desmond Ridder threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night.
Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) extended its school-record home winning streak to 19 games, the fourth-longest streak among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and kept its hopes alive for a College Football Playoff berth.
Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the last four games, including nine rushing touchdowns.
In Cincinnati’s three-point victory over East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. The Bearcats were motivated to prevent a repeat.
The offense got off to a fast start with Ridder’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Young to cap a 79-yard drive on Cincinnati’s opening possession.
The Bearcats had second and goal at the Pirates’ three-yard line but lost a fumble at the five. Six plays later,