Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


This date 2009: Pike to Binns, UC rallies to stun Pitt

December 5, 2009

Cincinnati 45 Pittsburgh 44

I'll never forget watching the end from RedsFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

No. 5 UC (12-0/7-0) trailed Pittsburgh by 21 points late in the first half with a perfect season and BCS bowl berth slipping away. 

But Tony Pike's 29-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns with :33 seconds left capped the comeback as the Bearcats stunned Pittsburgh 45-44 to secure their second straight Big East title.

Pitt had leads of 31-10, 38-24 and 44-38.

Mardy Gilyard gave the Bearcats a jolt with a 99-yard kickoff return only 70 seconds before halftime -- and he made it 31-24 in the third quarter with a 68-yard scoring catch.

Pike completed his final 11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. 

Binns made five catches for 104 yards.

Boxscore HERE

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