Akron Game Captains: Brian Wagner, Adam Steiner, Jake Anderson and Oren Wilson
Akron won the coin toss and opted to defer. UC will receive and defend the north goal.
The Bearcats improve to 4-2 all-time against Akron, including a 3-1 mark in Cincinnati. UC head coach Butch Jones moves to 3-0 all-time against the Zips.
UC has won 20 consecutive home non-conference games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a three-overtime, 30-24 win over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
Cincinnati grabbed four interceptions and forced two fumbles against Akron. The Bearcats returned one fumble for a score and two interceptions for touchdowns - all in the first half.
Cincinnati becomes the first BIG EAST Conference team to post three defensive touchdowns since Miami (Fla.) scored on two interceptions and one fumble against West Virginia in a 41-10 victory on Sept. 23, 2000.
The Bearcats' six forced turnovers are the most for UC since forcing seven against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
UC's four interceptions against Akron are the most since snagging six against Oregon State on Sept. 6, 2007.
UC's 103 interception return yards against Akron are the most since recording 110 interception return yards against Oregon State on Sept. 2007.
Cincinnati's 49 points in the first half were its most points in the first half since leading Southeast Missouri State 49-3 at halftime on Sept. 12, 2009.
UC scored on its opening drive of the game for the third consecutive week - a one-yard run from Isaiah Pead. It marked the third consecutive game Pead has scored a rushing touchdown. The drive covered 60 yard on nine plays in 3:19.
Maalik Bomar put Cincinnati up 14-0 at 8:21 in the first quarter when he picked up a fumble from Akron quarterback Clayton Moore and ran it 54 yards for a touchdown. Bearcats defensive lineman Derek Wolfe forced the fumble. It marked UC's first fumble recovery ran for a touchdown since Angelo Craig returned a fumble recovery 16 yards for a score at Syracuse on Nov. 24, 2007. It also marked UC's first defensive touchdown since Brandon Underwood returned an interception 20 yards for a score at Hawaii on Dec. 6, 2008.
The defense scored again to give the Bearcats a 21-0 advantage when defensive back Dominique Battle intercepted a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown at 14:51 in the second quarter. It marked the first time UC returned an interception for a touchdown since Brandon Underwood returned an interception 20 yards for a score at Hawaii on Dec. 6, 2008.
UC quarterback Zack Collaros rushed seven yards for a touchdown at 11:40 in the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 28-0 edge. The five-play, 67-yard drive was highlighted by a 50-yard reception by DJ Woods from Collaros that gave UC a first-and-goal situation.
Tight end Adrien Robinson caught a 15-yard touchdown from Collaros at 7:56 in the second quarter to give UC a 35-0 lead.
Running back George Winn recorded his first career rushing touchdown, a three-yard run, to give UC a 42-0 lead at 4:54.
Defensive back Camerron Cheatham recorded UC's third interception of the first half when he picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown at 1:41 in the second quarter to give UC a 49-0 lead.
Freshman placekicker Tony Miliano connected on a career-long, 47-yard field goal at 6:17 in the third quarter to give UC a 52-0 lead.
Running back Jameel Poteat earned his first career rushing touchdown, a seven-yard run, at 14:26 in the fourth quarter to give UC a 59-0 lead.
Running back Anthony King fumbled with 2:02 left in the game for UC's first turnover of the season. The Bearcats own a plus-12 turnover margin this year after forcing six turnovers against the Zips.
Cincinnati has outscored its home opponents 90-0 in the first half this season (41-0 vs. Austin Peay and 49-0 vs. Akron).
Senior quarterback Zach Collaros posted his first rushing touchdown of the season, a seven-yard score at 11:40 in the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 28-0 edge. He also completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 157 passing yards.
Collaros moved into sixth place on UC's career passing yards list with 4,859, surpassing Lance Harp (1991-93) who threw for 4,803 yards. Collaros also moved into a tie for seventh place with former Bearcat Danny Barrett (1980-82) with 352 pass career pass completions.
Jameel Poteat recorded 10 rushes for 55 yards - both career highs - including his first collegiate touchdown, a seven-yard run, at 14:26 in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Clemente Casseus led the Bearcats defense with five tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe recorded a forced fumble and had two sacks in the first quarter. The forced fumble was returned 54 yards by Maalik Bomar to give UC a 14-0 lead at 8:21. Wolfe has three career forced fumbles.
Defensive lineman Dan Giordano recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery at the 2:15 mark of the first quarter when he stripped the ball from Zips quarterback Clayton Moore. It marks Giordano's second career forced fumble.
DJ Woods' 50-yard reception in the second quarter was a season long. His career long is 69 yards set last season at N.C. State on Sept. 16.
Adrian Robinson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Collaros with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter. It marked the second consecutive week the tight end has recorded a touchdown reception. He caught a 13-yard TD pass from Collaros in the first quarter at Tennessee.
Linebacker JK Schaffer intercepted a Patrick Nicely pass at 6:38 in the second quarter. It marks Schaffer's second interception of the season and the sixth of his career.
Defensive back Camerron Cheatham earned his first interception of the season and the second of his career when he picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown at 1:41 in the second quarter to give UC a 49-0 lead.
Defensive back Deven Drane picked off a Clayton Moore pass at 10:38 in the third quarter. It marked his first career interception.
Freshman Tony Miliano connected on a career-long, 47-yard field goal at 6:17 in the third quarter to give UC a 52-0 lead. He had a 43-yard field goal attempt blocked in the second quarter. He has made three-of-five field goal attempts on the season.
Punter Pat O'Donnell had three punts for 123 yards against Akron, including a 53 yard punt in the third quarter. He placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.