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Alabama Defense Overpowers Cincinnati In CFP Semifinal

Dec 31, 2021, 5:36 PM

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Cameron Latu #81 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the fourth quarter in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Desmond Ridder and the breakthrough Cincinnati Bearcats have stalled on the big stage against top-ranked Alabama.

The Bearcats help up pretty well as the first non-Power Five school to reach the College Football Playoff.

They just couldn’t do much in a 27-6 loss to the Crimson Tide in the CFP semifinal Cotton Bowl.

Cincinnati had a chance after an interception near midfield trailing by 11 late in the third quarter. But the Bearcats went backward and faded from there.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

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