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Live updates: No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats lead UCF Knights 19-17 at halftime

University of Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell knows UCF had this game circled on its calendar.

Last season, the Bearcats beat the Knights at Nippert Stadium on their way to the American Athletic Conference title game. This year, No. 7 UC's matchup against UCF will also have high stakes.

Halftime: UC 19, UCF 17.

In the first quarter, UC played its worst 15 minutes of the season. Quarterback Desmond Ridder threw errant passes on third down, and the Bearcats had negative rushing yards. On defense, UC committed three offsides penalties and allowed two deep passes.