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Cincinnati beats No. 20 Tulsa


Cincinnati running back Cameron Young, left, is tackled by Tulsa cornerback Allie Green IV, right, during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell believes his team deserves a spot in the College Football Playoff. On Saturday night, his focus was on winning an American Conference championship.

“I don’t want to be distracted from what we did tonight,” Fickell said. “When we came in here four years ago, we said we want to play for championships. I believe this team deserves a shot.”

Cole Smith made a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 6 Cincinnati a 27-24 victory over No. 20 Tulsa in the rainy AAC Championship game.

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