Kay leads Cincinnati over Duke 48-34 in Belk Bowl

Posted on: 10:40 pm, December 27, 2012, by , updated on: 10:41pm, December 27, 2012

Duke's Brandon Connette (18) celebrates his touchdown run against Cincinnati as Conner Vernon (2) watches during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke's Brandon Connette (18) celebrates his touchdown run against Cincinnati as Conner Vernon (2) watches during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brendon Kay threw for 332 yards and a Belk Bowl-record four touchdowns, and Cincinnati capitalized on Duke’s inept play in the closing minutes to beat the Blue Devils 48-34 on Thursday night.

Duke appeared to have the game in hand and was driving for the go-ahead score — and its first bowl victory since 1961 — but the final 80 seconds proved disastrous. With the game tied at 34 and the Blue Devils positioning themselves for a winning field goal, running back Josh Snead fumbled at the Cincinnati 5-yard line with 1:20 left and Bearcats defensive lineman John Williams recovered.

Kay then connected with tight end Travis Kelce on an 83-yard touchdown strike down the middle with 44 seconds left for the go-ahead score.

Cincinnati (10-3) sealed it on the next series when Maalik Bomar came crashing into Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, forcing a deflection that Nick Temple returned 55 yards for a touchdown.

Renfree threw for 358 yards — another Belk Bowl record — for the Blue Devils (6-7).

Source: The Associated Press