Luke Fickell had hoped his return to Columbus would’ve been a little more competitive. He was hoping his Cincinnati team could give Ohio State at least a run for its money.

That wasn’t the case on Saturday in The Horseshoe, though. From the opening kickoff until the final gun, Ohio State dominated the game. The Buckeyes posted a 42-0 victory over the Bearcats, one of the ugliest memories Fickell has ever had in Columbus.

Fickell had plenty of thoughts after the game, saying he was humbled by the experience. While he knew the Buckeyes were good, he expected his team to be a lot more competitive than what the final score indicates.

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“We took one in the mouth for today for four quarters,” Fickell said, according to Eleven Warriors. “Not like we only took it in the mouth for two quarters. We took it in the mouth for four quarters and it’s a humbling experience for a lot of us.

“I hope everyone in that locker room uses it as the humbling experience I’m going to. Probably ask every one of them if they’ve had their absolute butts whipped before and if they haven’t, they just did.”

Fickell said he didn’t do a good job of preparing his team, either.

Cincinnati ended the game with two turnovers, 10 penalties and just 273 yards of total offense. Defensively, they surrendered over 500 yards of offense and couldn’t force a single turnover.

It wasn’t the best day for anyone wearing a Bearcat uniform.