Quarterback Gino Guidugli got Cincinnati on the board first with a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tye Keith, to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead. Nick Bazaldua connected on a 30-yard field goal, before the end of the first quarter to make the score 7-3. In the second quarter, running back Patrick Cobbs scored on a 27-yard touchdown run, to give North Texas a 10-7 lead. Cornerback Jeremy Pearl intercepted a Cincinnati pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown, to increase the lead to 17-7.
In the third quarter, Kevin Galbreath scored on a 35-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 24-7. Johnathan Ruffin connected on two third-quarter field goals to cut the deficit to 24-13. Franklin Calicott returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left to cut the lead to 24-19. That was the final score of the game.