Football Returns Home To Face Northwestern State
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CINCINNATI (1-1) vs. NORTHWESTERN STATE (2-0)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. (ET) • ESPN3 • 700 WLW AM • CINCINNATI, OHIO • NIPPERT STADIUM

GAME INFORMATION
Site: Nippert Stadium (35,000)
Surface: UBU Speed Series S-5M
TV: ESPN3/WatchESPN
Radio: 700 WLW AM/Sirius 98
Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
Twitter: @GoBEARCATS
Series Record: Cincinnati leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 9/10/77 (UC W, 41-0)
In Cincinnati: Cincinnati leads 1-0

NORTHWESTERN STATE
Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
2013 Record: 2-0
Head Coach: Jay Thomas
Record at NWSU (Yrs.): 2-0 (3rd/1st as HC)

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

FOOTBALL RETURNS HOME TO FACE NORTHWESTERN STATE
The University of Cincinnati football team will look to put a road loss behind it as the Bearcats welcome Northwestern State to Nippert Stadium for a  7 p.m. matchup Saturday.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN STATE
Northwestern State is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Missouri State (23-17) and Southern (55-14) to open things up. The Demons average 479.5 ypg on offense behind QB Zach Adkins (46-72-2/564/4), RB Robert Walker (25-105/2), WR Bryant Mitchell (1-142/0) and WR Ed Eagan (10-137/1). Defensively, Patrick Black (18 tackles), Tyler Roussel (13 tackles) and Adam Jones (12 tackles) lead an attack which is holding opponents to 92 ypg on the ground and 280 yards per game overall.

THE SERIES
Saturday marks the second game in the all-time series. UC won the previous meeting, 41-0, on Sept. 10, 1977 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 131-78 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Jay Thomas is in his first season as head football coach at Northwestern State. Thomas, 52, had been defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the past year at Division II Missouri Southern in Joplin, following two seasons as the Demons’ defensive line coach and assistant head coach in 2010 and 2011.

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.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARDS

  • 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 21-7 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.
  • QB Brendon Kay, who has played in UC’s first two games, will make his first start of the season Saturday against the Demons. Kay was 4-1 as a starter in the last five games of 2012, including earning MVP honors at the 2012 Belk Bowl.
  • QB Munchie Legaux suffered a knee injury against Illinois last weekend. His injury is still being evaluated.
  • 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.
  • The Bearcats suffered a reversal this past weekend, falling 45-17 on the road and committing seven penalties, five in the first half, despite tallying 456 yards of offense.
  • Twenty-three UC players saw the field for the first time against Purdue with eight making their first career start.
  • The season opener against Purdue was a record crowd of 36,007 fans at Nippert Stadium.
  • 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.