Army Coach Bobby Ross breathed a big sigh of relief.
His Black Knights snapped the nation's longest losing streak at 19 games yesterday, with Tielor Robinson scoring five touchdowns and Carlton Jones running for 180 yards in a 48-29 victory over Cincinnati in West Point, N.Y.
"You can't imagine how the pressure starts to mount with your football team when" you have a losing streak, said Ross, who came out of retirement to take over the struggling program. "When you read about, hear about the longest losing streak in the country, it's difficult to deal with.
"It's a great win for us, a monkey off our back."
Robinson scored his fifth touchdown on a 93-yard pass from Zac Dahman with 11 minutes 32 seconds left to secure the win for Army (1-4, 1-2 Conference USA). Robinson ran for 82 yards as Army amassed 284 yards on the ground and he added 111 yards receiving.
Thousands of West Point cadets swarmed the field and tore down the goal posts in celebration.
Gino Guidugli went 25 of 39 for 350 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bearcats (2-4, 1-2). Hannibal Thomas caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
"This is the most disappointing loss of my life," Guidugli said. "We're probably the laughingstock of the nation."
Army's last victory came on Nov. 16, 2002, against Tulane, and its last home win was on Oct. 27, 2001, also against Tulane.
Cincinnati fumbled the ball five times, losing four of those, one of which was recovered for an Army touchdown. Another cost the Bearcats a key scoring chance in the third quarter.
"We have to go back to square one, I guess," Cincinnati Coach Mark Dantonio said. "We have to reexamine who we are as people and how hard we play, how much we know, in terms of what to do. . . . We've got to regroup."
Guidugli's five-yard scoring pass to Brent Celek capped Cincinnati's opening drive and gave the Bearcats a 7-0 lead.
But Army responded with four straight touchdowns. Robinson scored on runs of one and two yards and caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Dahman to give Army a 19-7 lead. Dahman completed 13 of 21 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns and was not sacked all day.
* NOTRE DAME 23, STANFORD 15: Ryan Grant ran for two touchdowns, the second following a muffed punt attempt by the Cardinal, to boost the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind.
Brady Quinn also scored on a quarterback sneak as Notre Dame (4-2) scored 20 points in the second half to help Coach Tyrone Willingham improve to 3-0 against his former team.
Stanford (3-2) couldn't finish its drives, settling for three field goals by Michael Sgroi, including two on its first two possessions when it drove inside the Notre Dame 10.
Notre Dame became just the second Division I-A team to win 800 games. Michigan has 838 victories following its win over Minnesota.
On the botched punt, Stanford's Jay Ottovegio dropped the snap late in the third quarter despite no pressure by the Irish. He picked the ball up and tried to get the punt off, but was tackled by Jerome Collins just as he released the ball and fanned on the kick. Stanford's David Bergeron recovered the ball on the 27, but the Irish took over on downs.
* NORTH CAROLINA 30, N.C. STATE 24: North Carolina stopped T.A. McLendon inches short of the end zone with six seconds left -- after a touchdown by McLendon on the previous play was disallowed -- and the Tar Heels (3-3, 2-2 ACC) hung on to beat the Wolfpack (3-2, 2-1) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
* ALABAMA 45, KENTUCKY 17: The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on four straight second-half possessions to win in Lexington, Ky.
Alabama (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) ran the ball on 63 of its 74 offensive plays, finishing with 304 yards rushing. Ray Hudson had 99 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and Kenneth Darby ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
* MICHIGAN STATE 38, ILLINOIS 25: Drew Stanton threw three touchdown passes and caught another to lead the Spartans at home.
Michigan State (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) has beaten the Illini (2-4, 0-3) eight straight times. Pierre Thomas ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for Illinois, but it wasn't enough to prevent his team's 11th consecutive conference loss.
* NORTHWESTERN 31, INDIANA 24: In Evanston, Ill., Noah Herron ran for a career-high 197 yards and three touchdowns, including a 16-yard scoring run in the second overtime that lifted the Wildcats. It's the second straight year Indiana (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) and Northwestern (3-3, 2-1) have gone to overtime, with the Wildcats winning both times.
* MONTANA 24, IDAHO STATE 22: Craig Ochs passed for 295 yards and two touchdowns and the Grizzlies (5-1, 2-0 Big Sky) blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt with 30 seconds remaining to win at home. Montana is ranked seventh in NCAA Division I-AA.
* UCLA 37, ARIZONA 17: Drew Olson threw three of his four touchdown passes to tight end Marcedes Lewis and the Bruins rolled in Pasadena, Calif. The win was the fourth straight for UCLA (4-1, 2-0 Pacific-10) after ending a six-game losing streak dating from last season. Mike Bell gained 134 yards on 21 carries for the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2).
* OREGON 41, WASHINGTON STATE 38: Kellen Clemens completed 36 of 55 passes for a career-high 437 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more scores for the visiting Beavers (2-3, 1-1 Pac-10). Oregon had 646 yards of offense. Josh Swogger threw three touchdown passes for the Cougars (3-2, 1-1).
* PITTSBURGH 27, TEMPLE 22: Raymond Kirkley scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Tyler Palko threw for another score as the Panthers (3-2, 1-1 Big East) rallied to win in Philadelphia.
* AIR FORCE 28, NEW MEXICO 23: The Falcons (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) held on at home after nearly blowing a 21-0 halftime lead against the Lobos (2-4, 0-2).
* TEXAS A&M 34, IOWA STATE 3: Reggie McNeal passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Aggies in Ames, Iowa. Texas A&M (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) has won four in a row to match last year's victory total. The Cyclones (2-3, 0-2) lost their 12th straight conference game.