With the win, Cincinnati (9-3) earns a piece of the four-way split league title, along with Louisville, Rutgers, and Syracuse, all which ended the season with 5-2 Big East records. Because the Bearcats' two conference losses came against the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights, they did not earn a BCS berth and today accepted a bid to play Dec. 27 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. They will face an ACC opponent to be named later. The bigger concerns for UC fans, however, should be the conference-realignment situation that has left UC in the dark, and the courting of coach Butch Jones by Purdue.
Archbishop Moeller Crusaders
Moeller 20, Toledo Whitmer 12
Big Moe won its eighth state championship in school history, returning the Division I title to Cincinnati. The game was played a the National Football Hall of Fame's Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Moeller (12-3) lost three games in a five game stretch during the season, but rebounded to end the year with a six-game winning streak. Whitmer (14-1) entered the game averaging 43.9 points per game and had outscored its previous four postseason opponents 178-78, according to Cincinnati.com
Newport Central Catholic
NewCath 30, Caldwell County 26
Across the river, Newport Central Catholic hoisted the Class 2A Kentucky State Championship trophy after a last second touchdown lifted them to victory. NewCath threw a 54-yard pass to gain the necessary field position, then senior quarterback Josh Cain connected with junior receiver Tyler Lyon for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining in the game.