Football Set To Open 124th Season Saturday Night
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Sept. 2, 2011


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Cincinnati (0-0) vs. Austin Peay (0-0)
Sept. 3, 2011 | 7:05 p.m. EDT
Cincinnati, Ohio
| Nippert Stadium (35,000)
TV: FOX Sports Ohio HD/ESPN3.com
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 Gameday Central

The University of Cincinnati football team opens its 124th season Saturday, taking on visiting Austin Peay at 7 p.m. inside Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats are coming off a 4-8 campaign in 2010 while the Governors were 2-9.

GAME INFORMATION

  • Radio - 102.7 WEBN FM
  • Satellite Radio - n/a
  • Live Stats - GoBEARCATS.com
  • Internet Radio - WEBN.com
  • Twitter - @GoBEARCATS
  • Series Record - Cincinnati leads 4-0
  • Last Meeting - 09/04/93 (UC W, 42-10)
  • In Cincinnati - Cincinnati leads 4-0

CINCINNATI BEARCATS

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches) - nr/nr
  • 2010 Record - 4-8
  • Last Game - Dec. 3, 2010 in Cincinnati | Lost to Pittsburgh 28-10
  • Head Coach - Butch Jones
  • Record at UC (Years) - 4-8 (2nd)
  • Career Record (Years) - 31-21 (5th
  • vs. APSU - First Meeting

AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches) - nr/nr
  • 2010 Record - 2-9
  • Last Game - Nov. 20, 2010 in Richmond, Ky. | L, 17-3 to Eastern Kentucky
  • Head Coach - Rick Christophel
  • Record at APSU (Years) - 15-29 (6th)
  • Career Record (Years) - Same
  • vs. UC - First Meeting

ON THE AIR

TELEVISION - FOX Sports Ohio HD
Tom Gelehrter - Play-By-Play
Artrell Hawkins - Analyst
Ray Crawford - Sideline

RADIO - WEBN (102.7 FM)
Dan Hoard - Play-By-Play
Jim Kelly Jr. - Analyst
Troy Evans - Sideline
Mo Egger - Host/Engineer

THE SERIES
Saturday marks the fifth matchup between the two schools. UC has won each of the first four, which have all been played in Cincinnati.

THE COACHES
Butch Jones enters his second season at the helm of the UC program and is 4-8. Jones most recently led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances. He holds a 31-21 overall record and a 21-8 mark in league games.

RICK CHRISTOPHEL, a former UC assistant, is 15-29 in five seasons at Austin Peay. This is his first matchup against the Bearcats.

STREAKS, STORYLINES & SIDEBARS

  • The University of Cincinnati, one of the five oldest football programs in college football, enters its 124th football season with an all-time record of 551-550-51 (.502).
  • Head coach Butch Jones enters his second season at the helm of the program, returning 16 starters, including nine on defense.
  • UC also brings back the BIG EAST Conference's top retuning passer (Zach Collaros), rusher (Isaiah Pead), tackler (JK Schaffer) and leader in all-purpose yards and receptions (DJ Woods) along with  51 letterwinners from the 2010 squad.
  • Collaros threw for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns, earning unanimous First-Team All-BIG EAST honors at quarterback.
  • Pead ran for 1,029 yards and six TDs earning a spot on the Second-Team All-BIG EAST.
  • Schaffer led the team and placed second in the league in 2010 with 111 tackles, snagging Second-Team All-BIG EAST accolades. He's looking for his third-straight 100-tackle season in 2011.
  • Wide receiver and return man Woods was one of the most productive players in the league a year ago, leading the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards, averaging 154.9 per game and taking Second-Team All-BIG EAST honors at wide receiver.
  • On the history watch, Collaros needs 662 yards passing, 181 completions, and 14 touchdowns to become only the second QB in UC history to pass for 50 touchdowns, complete 500 passes, and throw for over 5,000 yards.
  • Key players returning from injury include: DB Dominique Battle, DB Reuben Johnson, DB Wesley Richardson, TE Adrien Robinson, LB Solomon Tentman and DB Adrian Witty.
  • QB Munchie Legaux earned the backup quarterback slot while K Tony Miliano earned the placekicking duties after a strong and consistent effort during training camp.
  • UC signed one of its best-ever signing classes this past winter and several of those players, including: WR Ralph David Abernathy IV, LB Clemente Casseus, WR Alex Chisum, LB Dwight Jackson, RB Jameel Poteat, RB Akise Teague, LB Nick Temple and WR Shaq Washington will see playing time this season.
  • Five members of the signing class, Jackson, DB Malcolm Murray, Temple, Washington, and QB Stephen Weatherford, enrolled in winter classes and participated in spring football.

LOOKING AHEAD
UC travels to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on SEC foe Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. UT leads the all-time series 4-1 and this will be the first matchup for the two school since the 1992 campaign. This is UC's first regular-season matchup with an SEC foe since 1996 (Kentucky, UC W, 24-3) and its first road trip to an SEC stadium since 1995 (Kentucky, UK W, 33-14).