Cincinnati - Louisville Postgame Notes

Oct. 15, 2011

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Cincinnati 25, Louisville 16
Oct. 15, 2011 – Paul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio



  • Cincinnati Game Captains: Zach Collaros, J.K. Schaffer, Chris Burrell and Derek Wolfe
  • Louisville Game Captain: Greg Scruggs and Ryan Kessling
  • Louisville won the toss and deferred. Cincinnati will receive and defend the north goal.
  • Saturday’s attendance of 40,971 at Paul Brown Stadium marked the third-highest attendance figure at a UC home football game in school history behind Ohio State (66,319) on Sept. 21, 2002 and Oklahoma (58,253) on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • UC leads the all-time series 29-21-1 as well as 16-12 in games played in Cincinnati. The Bearcats have won the last four meetings for the Keg of Nails.
  • Cincinnati is 1-2 all-time at Paul Brown Stadium, home to the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. The Bearcats dropped a 31-29 thriller to then-No. 8 Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2010 and a 23-19 decision to then-No. 6 Ohio State on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • Cincinnati improves to 5-1 on the season and surpasses its 2010 win total.
  • UC head coach Butch Jones moves to 2-0 all-time against Louisville.
  • Cincinnati’s 25-16 win over Louisville marked the first Bearcats victory after trailing after three quarters since their 45-44 win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 2009.
  • The Bearcats limited Louisville to 70 rushing yards and have held their last three opponents to a combined 41 yards. UC limited Miami (Ohio) to minus-3 yards and N.C. State to minus-26 yards.
  • UC has outscored its opponents 59-7 in the second half during the last three games. The Bearcats have outscored their last two foes 39-0 in the second stanza, including a 21-0 margin against Miami (Ohio) and an 18-0 margin against Louisville.
  • Cincinnati trailed Louisville 3-0 when Chris Philpott made a 42-yard field goal at 5:13 in the first quarter. It marked the first time this season a UC opponent scored the first points of a game. The UC defense recorded four sacks, nine tackles for loss and an interception.
  • Louisville led 6-0 after the first quarter following a 51-yard field goal by Philpott. It marked the second consecutive game Cincinnati did not score in the first quarter. The Bearcats have enjoyed jumping out to an early lead most of the season, outscoring their opponent 62-20 in the first quarter on the year.
  • Cincinnati grabbed a 7-6 lead at 5:01 in the second quarter when DJ Woods caught a 26-yard reception from Zach Collaros.
  • Louisville’s Mike Evans intercepted a Zach Collaros pass and returned it 63 yards for a score with six seconds remaining in the second quarter. It marked the first time since 2008 a UC opponent returned an interception for a touchdown. Connecticut’s Robert McClain returned an errant UC pass for 28 yards and a score against the Bearcats on Oct. 25, 2008.  
  • UC lineman Walter Stewart tipped a Teddy Bridgewater pass and Bearcat defensive back Dominique Battle pulled in the interception on Louisville’s first drive of the second half. It marked Battle’s second interception of the season and fourth of his career.
  • Battle’s interception marked UC’s 10th pickoff of the season. The Bearcats entered the game ranked tied for eighth in FBS.  
  • Zack Collaros pulled UC within a 16-14 on a one-yard run at 3:10 in the third quarter. It was the 12th career rushing touchdown for Collaros and his fourth of the season.
  • Isaiah Pead gave UC the lead following a 50-yard touchdown run at 12:19 in the fourth quarter.
  • Collaros found Adrien Robinson in the end zone for the two-point conversion to give UC a 22-16 lead. It was UC’s first two-point conversion since Dec. 5, 2009 at Pittsburgh.
  • Tony Miliano connected on a 21-yard field goal at 1:21 in the fourth quarter to give UC a 25-16 advantage.
  • NEXT GAME: UC plays at USF Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ESPN3 and the BIG EAST Network. The Bearcats next home game is Nov. 12 when they play host to West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium.


  • Running back Isaiah Pead ran 20 times for 151 yards and one rushing touchdown.
    • Marked Pead’s eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career and the third of the season.
    • Has compiled 320 rushing yards on 41 carries and one touchdown (7.8 yards per carry) in two games at Paul Brown Stadium. He ran 21 times for 169 yards against Oklahoma last year at PBS.
    • Has 23 career rushing touchdowns to grab sole possession of fifth place on the UC charts, moving past Bob Heuck (1910-12) who ran for 22.
    • His eighth career 100-yard rushing games ranks eighth in school history.
  • Quarterback Zach Collaros completed 18-of-26 pass attempts for 152 yards and an interception. He also ran 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown.  
    • Ties for fourth on the UC career pass completions list with Tony Pike (2007-09) at 421.
    • Climbs into sixth place on the career pass attempts list with 670, passing Dustin Grutza (2005-08) at 646; Greg Cook (1966-68) at 655 and Danny Barrett (1980-82) at 658.   
    • Has four rushing touchdowns on the season and 12 in his career.
  • Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe recorded a career-high 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. His previous career high of eight tackles came at Fresno State on Sept. 4, 2010. His previous career-high of two tackles for loss came against Akron on Sept. 17 of this year.  
  • Linebacker JK Schaffer registered 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass break up.
  • Senior wide receiver DJ Woods moved into a four-way tie for seventh place at UC in career touchdown receptions with 14. He caught a 26-yard strike from Collaros in the second quarter to record his second touchdown of the season.  
  • UC punter Pat O’Donnell kicked a 41-yard punt to pin Louisville on its own 1-yard line at 8:19 in the second quarter. He entered the game having nine punts downed inside the 20-yard line this season.
  • Defensive back Dominique Battle recorded his second interception of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a Teddy Bridgewater pass at 10:47 of the third quarter.
  • Freshman offensive lineman Eric Lefeld made his first collegiate start Saturday at right tackle.