EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gunner Kiel passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns and Cincinnati's defense held Connecticut to 129 total yards in a 41-0 shutout on Saturday night.
Cincinnati (7-3, 5-1 American) remained in the hunt for the conference championship, a half-game behind first-place Memphis (6-1) and tied with Central Florida (5-1).
Cincinnati has two games left including next week at Temple.
After Kiel's touchdown pass to Johnny Holton early in the third quarter gave the Bearcats a 34-0 lead, Kiel gave way to backup Munchie Legaux. Rob Moore rushed for 108 yards and Mike Boone ran for 52 yards and a touchdown.
UConn's offensive output was its lowest of the season. It was the first time UConn (2-8, 1-5) was shut out at home since Navy in 1978. Tim Boyle was 13 of 21 for 70 yards in his first start of the season.
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Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.
An officiating error led to an Oklahoma State touchdown Saturday in the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State.
Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was ejected for targeting midway in the second quarter of Saturday's game, took to Twitter late in the game, retweeting a tweet that questioned the call.
As if things weren't going bad enough at Texas, the Longhorns appear to have players on Twitter during lopsided losses and jabs at their coach accidentally being sent from other nearby teams.