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Video: Cincinnati With The Touchdown Of The Day So Far

Luke Fickell motivates a Cincinnati player.

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Luke Fickell of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with James Wiggins #32 after Wiggins intercepted a Virginia Tech Hokies pass late in the fourth quarter during the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 31, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Cincinnati has suffered plenty of heartbreaking losses to Memphis over the past few years, but Luke Fickell's squad is looking to flip the script this afternoon.

After turning over the football during the opening drive of the game, the Bearcats made a statement by going 75 yards in just six plays on the following drive. It was capped off by the best touchdown catch of the afternoon so far.

Desmond Ridder threw a deep pass into double coverage that Alec Pierce managed to high point and come down with for a 43-yard touchdown grab.

ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Mark Jones had a great call on the play, saying "Trick-or-treat, Bearcats. What a grab!"

Here's the touchdown reception by Pierce:

Pierce missed the first few weeks of the season due to a knee injury, but he's clearly back to full strength.

Last season, Pierce had 37 receptions for 652 yards and two touchdowns. As you can tell from that touchdown, he's got the ability to make a huge play at any moment.

Memphis has tied up the score in this AAC showdown, but Cincinnati should be in good shape as long as Ridder and Pierce are on the same page.

Fans can watch the rest of this game between the Bearcats and Tigers on ESPN.