Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV's 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put Cincinnati ahead to stay as the Bearcats edged Vanderbilt 31-24 on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl.
Photos from UC's week in Memphis, Tenn. for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Game photos from the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (photos by Chad Greene)
Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt - AP Photo Gallery
Photos from day four in Memphis, Tenn. during preparations for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Photos from the University of Cincinnati's second day in Memphis, Tenn., during prep for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
2010: Opened up the season with seven tackles at Fresno State.
2009: Entered the starting lineup in the second game of 2009 and started the final 12 games at linebacker ... second on the team with 100 tackles, ranking eighth in the BIG EAST Conference ... set a career best with 14 tackles against Illinois and added his second double-digit tackle game with 10 against Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl ... added 5.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU, and 1.5 sacks ... made a pair of tackles and an interception in the season opener at Rutgers ... made his first career start against Southeast Missouri State and responded with four tackles ... set a then career high with eight stops, including seven solo tackles, at Oregon State ... also added a tackle for a loss, pass break up, and interception ... made nine tackles against Fresno State ... added six solo stops, two pass break ups and a tackle for a loss ... had eight tackles at Miami (OH) ... also made a crucial interception in the end zone and returned it 13 yards vs. the RedHawks ... had five tackles, including one of a loss at USF ... made seven tackles and recorded a half sack against Louisville ... set a career best with eight solo tackles at Syracuse ... made eight stops against Connecticut ... tallied eight tackles against West Virginia ... set career highs with 10 assisted tackles and 14 total stops against Illinois ... marked the first double-digit tackle game of his career ... tallied seven solo stops and nine total tackles at Pittsburgh ... also added 1.5 tackles for a loss and a sack vs. the Panthers ... recorded his second career double-digit tackles game with 10 stops in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Florida.
2008: Played in 12 games as special teams ace ... finished the season with 12 tackles ... made two tackles against Miami (OH) and at Marshall ... recorded a season-high three tackles, all of them unassisted, against Syracuse.
LaSalle High School: Two-year letterwinner at linebacker ... named first-team Associated Press Division I All-Ohio, all-Southwest District, and all-Greater Catholic League as a senior ... honored as the GCL Linebacker of the Year after totaling 150 tackles, including 26 for loss, and 13 sacks to lead the Lancers' defense in 2007 ... earned second team all-Greater Catholic League mention during his junior season in which he collected 95 tackles and 4.5 sacks ... established program records for most tackles in a game, tackles in a season, and sacks in a season ... coached by Tom Grippa.
Jerome Kyle Schaffer: Born June 10, 1990 ... son of Jerry and Mary Schaffer.
Academic Major: Health Promotions Education.