CINCINNATI -- Running back Jawan Jamison was limited by an ankle injury on Saturday, so sophomore Savon Huggins carried the load for Rutgers, helping the Scarlet Knights keep control of their destiny in the Big East Conference title race.
Huggins rushed for 179 yards on 41 carries as Rutgers, ranked No. 22 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, defeated Cincinnati, 10-3, at Nippert Stadium.
Huggins had 175 total rushing yards this season entering the game.
Rutgers (8-1, 4-0 in the Big East) rushed for 236 yards while limiting the Bearcats to 90 rushing yards.
Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay, making his second career start, completed 17-of-31 passes for 251 yards.
The Bearcats (7-2, 3-1) had two interceptions and a blocked field goal on Saturday but couldn't convert those plays into points.
Both teams squandered scoring chances in the first quarter.
Rutgers drove to the Bearcats' 17-yard line but quarterback Gary Nova had his pass intercepted by Camerron Cheatham.
A promising drive by Cincinnati ended when Tony Miliano missed a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Rutgers scored the first touchdown after Logan Ryan intercepted Kay's pass at the Scarlet Knights' three-yard line.
Moments later, Nova found Mark Harrison for a 71-yard touchdown pass putting the Scarlet Knights ahead, 7-0, with 6:13 left in the second quarter.
Huggins rushed for 85 of the Scarlet Knights' 134 yards in the first half.
Rutgers, which ranked 17th nationally in rushing defense, held Cincinnati to 64 rushing yards in the first half.
The Bearcats drove to the Rutgers seven-yard line in the third quarter, but the Scarlet Knights tackled George Winn for a loss on fourth-and-inches.
Cincinnati's next drive ended with Kay's second interception, this time by Steve Beauharnais.
Jordan Stepp blocked a 22-yard field goal attempt by Nick Borgese, but Borgese later redeemed himself by tying a career-long with a 42-yard field goal to give Rutgers a 10-0 with 7:59 left in the game.
Milano kicked a 36-yard field goal to make the score 10-3 with 11 seconds left, but Rutgers recovered the onside kick.
NOTES: Cincinnati was shut out for the first time since Nov. 9, 2005, a 33-0 loss to West Virginia. ... Jawan Jamison remains 10 yards shy of becoming the first Rutgers player to reach 1,000 rushing yards since Ray Rice in 2007. ... Junior right guard Andre Civil (ankle) did not play for Rutgers. Sophomore Taj Alexander started in his place. ... George Winn of Cincinnati eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 15-yard run in the first quarter, becoming the 15th player in school history to reach that mark. ... Dominique Battle of Cincinnati made his first interception of the season and fifth of his career.