Cincinnati scored first, when Antauwn Gibbons recovered a blocked punt, and rushed it in 9 yards for a touchdown, giving Cincinnati an early 7-0 lead. Kevin Lovell added a 23 yard field goal to give Cincinnati a 10-0 lead. Marshall got on the scoreboard following a 14 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Stan Hill to wide receiver Josh Davis making it 10-7. They later took the lead when cornerback Willie Smith intercepted a pass, and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, putting Marshall on top 14-10.
The second quarter belonged to Cincinnati. Quarterback Gino Guidugli fired a 15 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brent Celek to put Cincinnati back on top 17-14. He later threw another touchdown pass to Earnest Jackson increasing Cincinnati's lead to 24-14. That score stood up at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Cincinnati scored on 2 field goals and a safety to make the final margin 32-14.