UC kicker beats East Carolina with last-play FG

Posted at 5:15 PM, Nov 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-28 17:15:12-05

GREENSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Gantz kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired, sending Cincinnati to a 19-16 win over East Carolina on Saturday.

Gantz missed a 44-yard attempt on the Bearcats' previous possession, but Cincinnati's defense forced a three-and-out.

After Gunner Kiel drove Cincinnati (7-5, 4-4 American) to the Pirates' 25-yard line, Gantz split the uprights for his second game-winning field goal against East Carolina in as many years. 

Kiel finished 30 of 47 for 270 yards with a touchdown and interception. UC receiver Shaq Wasahington caught 15 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown to set school records for most catches in a game and in a season.

With UC down 10-0, Washington caught an 8-yard TD pass in the second quarter, and Cincinnati took the lead on its opening drive of the second half when Mike Boone capped off a 16-play drive with a 1-yard plunge, giving the Bearcats a 13-10 lead.

After Gantz hit a 50-yarder, East Carolina (5-7, 3-5) tied it at 16-all when James Summers found Bryce Williams for a 2-yard touchdown. But Summers was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play — a 15-yard penalty — and Davis Plowman missed the longer extra point try.