Football Hits The Road To Face Illinois

Sep 4, 2013

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Site: Memorial Stadium (60,670)
Surface: FieldTurf
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Twitter: @GoBEARCATS
Series Record: Cincinnati leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 11/27/09 (UC W, 49-36)
In Champaign: First Meeting

Rankings (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
2013 Record: 1-0
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Record at UC (Years): 1-0 (1st)

Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
2013 Record: 1-0
Head Coach: Tim Beckman
Record at Illinois (Years): 3-10 (2nd)

The University of Cincinnati football team, coming off a 42-7 win over Purdue in the season opener, travels to Champaign, Ill. Saturday to face Illinois, its second straight Big Ten Conference opponent, inside Memorial Stadium.

Illinois earned a 42-34 win over Southern Illinois in the opener last week. Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 28-of-36 passes for a career-high 416 yards and two TDs against the Salukis. The Illini had six scrimmage plays go for 30+ yards against the Salukis, equaling the team’s total for the entire 2012 season in one game. Only Oregon (7) had more plays of 30+ yards in week one.

Saturday marks the second game in the all-time series. UC won the previous meeting, 49-36, on Nov. 27, 2009 in Nippert Stadium.

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 131-77 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.

TIM BECKMAN enters his second season at Illinois with a 3-10 record. Prior to Illinois, Beckman, who has a career mark of 24-26, spent three years as head coach at Toledo, where he led the Rockets to two bowl appearances and a Mid-American Conference West Division co-championship.

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.


  • The University of Cincinnati football team is playing 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.
  • UC has won 58 games since 2007, the most among the current American Athletic Conference and are 21-6 since 2011 with two conference 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 permanent starter and both played in the opener.
  • UC opened 2013 with a 42-7 victory over Purdue that saw the Bearcats force four turnovers and rush for 221 yards while only accruing a pair of penalties.
  • Twenty-three UC players saw the field for the first time against Purdue with eight making their first career start.
  • Saturday’s season opener against Purdue was a record crowd of 36,007 fans at Nippert Stadium.
  • UC last defeated two Big Ten teams in the same year in 1946 when the Bearcats beat Indiana and Michigan State in road contests en route to UC’s first bowl game, the 1946 Sun Bowl.
  • The seven points allowed to Purdue were the fewest scored by a UC opponent in a season opener since the Bearcats defeated Eastern Kentucky 40-7 on Aug. 28, 2008.
  • Cincinnati is 80-38-10 in season openers in its 126 year history, having won 11 of the last 18.
  • 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.