Football Opens 2013 Against Purdue Saturday
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Aug 26, 2013

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CINCINNATI (0-0) vs. PURDUE (0-0)
SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013 • NOON (ET) • ESPNU • 700 WLW AM • CINCINNATI, OHIO • NIPPERT STADIUM

Site: Nippert Stadium (35,000)
Surface: UBU Speed Series S-5M
TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN
Radio: 700 WLW AM
Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
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Series Record: Purdue leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 9/2/01 (PU W, 19-14)
In Cincinnati: Purdue leads 1-0

FOOTBALL OPENS 2013 AGAINST PURDUE SATURDAY
The University of Cincinnati football team opens up 2013 against visiting Purdue inside Nippert Stadium. The game, which is a whiteout, is sold out and will be televised nationally by ESPNU. UC has gone 10-7 in its past 17 lid lifters and is 79-38-10 in 125 openers all time.

COME EARLY, BE LOUD, WEAR WHITE
The Bearcats season-opening whiteout against visiting Purdue is an official sellout. Fans are encouraged to come early, be loud and wear white. UC's last sellout occurred on Oct. 6, 2012 when a homecoming crowd of 35,097 filled the stands to watch the Bearcats defeat rival Miami (Ohio) for the Victory Bell. The all-time attendance record of 35,106 was set against Illinois on Nov. 27, 2009, a 49-36 UC win.

THE SERIES
Saturday marks the second game in the all-time series. Purdue won the previous meeting, 19-14, on Sept. 2, 2001 in Nippert Stadium.

THE COACHES
Tommy Tuberville, a 17-year head coaching veteran was named the 41st football head coach at the University of Cincinnati on Dec. 8, 2012. Widely regarded as one of the top coaches and recruiters in the collegiate game, comes to Cincinnati after three years at Texas Tech. Tuberville holds a 130-77 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Darrell Hazell enters his first season at Purdue. Hazell (HAY-zull) came to the Boilermakers from Kent State, where he was head coach in 2011 and 2012, with a 16-10 mark. KSU finished 11-3 in 2012 and played in the school's first bowl game in 40 years.

CONSTRUCTION COMING SOON
Nippert Stadium will undergo an $86-million renovation and expansion starting in December of 2013. The 98-year old facility will feature a new five-story west side pavilion with suites and patio and club seats as well as concourse, restroom and concession enhancements on both the west and east sides. The capacity will increase to 40,000. UC will play off site in 2014 at Paul Brown Stadium downtown and return to Nippert in 2015, the 100th anniversary of original construction on the stadium. For more information on premium seating opportunities click here or call 877-55-UCATS.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS

  • The University of Cincinnati football team will be playing in its 126th season in 2013. The Bearcats' program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in major college football.
  • UC won four of the final five BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in six of the past seven seasons and two straight years.
  • The Bearcats have won 65 games over the last six years, the most among the current American Athletic Conference.
  • The Bearcats are 20-6 over the past two seasons with two BIG EAST titles and a pair of bowl wins.
  • Nippert Stadium now features a new UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system, the same product used at Paul Brown Stadium, the Superdome and Metrodome.
  • QBs Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux have been battling for the starting spot since the spring. Tuberville has not yet named a starter but said both will play in the opener.
  • Kay was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. The 2012 Belk Bowl MVP after going 17-of-25 for a career high 332 yards and four TDs, Kay played in 11 games, starting the last five at QB and helping to lead UC to a 4-1 record.
  • Legaux is 8-4 as a starter, throwing for 2,465 yards and 18 TDs while completing just over 50 percent of his passes. He averages 5.8 yards per carry with four rushing TDs.
  • LB Greg Blair, a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection, ranked 12th nationally, led UC and the BIG EAST with 138 tackles, averaging 10.6 per game.
  • UC returns its entire starting offensive line for the 2013 season, including First-Team All-BIG EAST selections Austen Bujnoch and Eric Lefeld and sophomore Parker Ehinger, who earned FWAA Freshman All-America honors in 2012.
  • UC is the only school in the country among the BCS AQ Conferences (American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) to win four conference titles in the last five years.
  • UC is one of only four NCAA FBS AQ programs to have won 10 games in five of the past six seasons, joining Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon.