Cincinnati’s historic season ends with loss to Alabama

ARLINGTON, Texas — The University of Cincinnati’s historic football season ended Friday after a 27-6 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and running back Brian Robinson led Alabama to a 17-3 lead at the half as the Bearcats struggled to keep up with the top-ranked Tide. While UC’s defense was able to come up with big plays in the second half, the offense was unable to make some noise.

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The loss is Cincinnati’s first of the season after an undefeated campaign led by many fifth- and sixth-year seniors. Alabama will face the winner of No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia in the National Championship.

While the loss was a disappointing end to the season, the game marks the first time a Group of Five team competed in the playoff since its conception in 2014. Alabama has the most playoff appearances, wins and championships.

One bright spot for the Tri-State: La Salle grad Devonta Smith is moving onto the national championship. The freshman defensive back has been recognized for his special teams play in his first season with the Crimson Tide.

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