Booj on 'The Bell'

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Written by Scott Springer

Austen Jack Bujnoch has a five-year history with the Victory Bell and even more when you factor his brother Digger's tenure as a UC Bearcat.

After Digger had played his last snap here in 2007, Austen was the top lineman in the Greater Catholic League-South for Elder in 2008.
  The Panthers were the Division I Ohio runners-up that year.

He came to UC in 2009 under Brian Kelly and redshirted, so his time on the field didn't actually start until after the Bearcats played Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

However, for our purposes, we count 2009 as the "Austen era" which makes him 4-0 in Victory Bell games against Miami going into Saturday's trip to Oxford.

With Austen Bujnoch wearing a C-Paw logo, the Bearcats have outscored Miami 161-30.

Yeah, it's not near as competitive as it was.

I can recall (as I mentioned to Coach Tuberville) the Ben Roethlisberger years where Gino Guidugli, as good as he was, couldn't lead UC over Big Ben.

As the stats show, UC has won the last seven.
  For a better appreciation of that, you probably need to know that in 16 games from 1990-2005, Miami won 10 and tied one with UC winning only five.

As a matter of fact, Austen Bujnoch (as he describes in the video) witnessed the last Miami win in this series in 2005 when Digger was on an extremely young squad that Mark Dantonio had recruited.
  Many of those players had great careers and some are pros, but they took it on the chin that night, 44-16.

(For your extra trivial nugget, the TV sideline reporter that night was Heather Mitts. I remember such things.)

Austen was one of several Bearcats slated to speak to the team on the history and importance of the rivalry.
  Before he addressed the team, I caught up to him outside of the fabled Bob Goin team room.

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