Football Returns Home To Face Akron Saturday
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Cincinnati (1-1) vs. Akron (0-2)
Sept. 17, 2011 | 3:34 p.m. EDT
Cincinnati, Ohio
| Nippert Stadium (35,000)
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The University of Cincinnati football team returns to Nippert Stadium Saturday, taking on The University of Akron at 3:30 p.m. The Bearcats are 1-1 on the season after defeating Austin Peay and dropping a road contest to Tennessee. The Zips are 0-2 after falling in matchups at Ohio State and against Temple.

GAME INFORMATION

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  • Series Record: Cincinnati leads 3-2
  • Last Meeting: 09/27/08 (UC W, 17-15)
  • In Cincinnati: Cincinnati leads 2-1

CINCINNATI BEARCATS

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
  • 2011 Record: 1-1
  • Last Game: Sept. 10, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn., lost to Tennessee 45-23
  • Head Coach: Butch Jones
  • Record at UC (Years): 1-1 (2nd)
  • Career Record (Years): 32-22 (5th)
  • vs. UA: 2-0

AKRON ZIPS

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches): nr/nr
  • 2011 Record: 0-2
  • Last Game: Sept. 10, 2011 in Akron, Ohio, lost to Temple 41-3
  • Head Coach: Rob Ianello
  • Record at UA (Years): 1-12 (2nd)
  • Career Record (Years): Same
  • vs. UC: First Meeting

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THE SERIES
Saturday marks the sixth meeting between Cincinnati and Akron. UC leads the all-time series 3-2, including a 2-1 advantage in Cincinnati. The last time the two squads squared off, on Sept. 27, 2008, UC won 17-15 on a late field goal by Jacob Rogers.

THE COACHES
Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the UC program and is 5-9. Jones most recently led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances. He holds a 32-22 overall record and a 21-8 mark in league games.

ROB IANELLO is in his second season at Akron and is 1-12 with the Zips. This is his first matchup against the Bearcats.

LOOKING AHEAD
UC has a quick turnaround for a Thursday, Sept. 22 primetime matchup with NC State at Nippert Stadium.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS

  • The University of Cincinnati, one of the five oldest football programs in college football, is in its 124th football season with an all-time record of 552-551-51 (.502).
  • Head coach Butch Jones is in 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.
  • The Bearcats scored an NCAA FBS high 72 points in its season-opening win over Austin Peay. The 72 points were the most for any UC team in the modern era.
  • UC ranks second in the nation in turnover margin (+3.5) and leads the BIG EAST Conference in rushing offense (276.5), total offense (478.5), scoring offense (47.5) and sacks allowed (1.0).
  • UC played eight true freshmen and eight redshirt freshmen in the opener with WR Shaq Washington earning a start.
  • KR Ralph David Abernathy IV is off to a good start, ranking second in the BIG EAST and 16th nationally with a 31.3 yards per return average. His long return of 60 yards came against Austin Peay.
  • RB Isaiah Pead rushed for a season-high 155 yards at Tennessee. The senior is averaging 11.5 yards per carry, a mark that leads the nation for running backs with 20 or more carries.
  • WR DJ Woods snagged nine receptions for 111 yards at Tennessee.
  • WR Anthony McClung has hauled in three touchdowns through two games, along with eight receptions for 81 yards.
  • QB Zach Collaros has been solid in two starts, going 33-of-53 for 364 yards and six touchdowns. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes and has completed passes to nine different receivers.
  • After finishing -15 in the turnover margin a year ago, UC has started off 2011 +7 (2 INT/5 FMB) on the turnover scale.
  • LB JK Schaffer leads the defense with 15 total tackles, including a season-high 12 at Tennessee.
  • DB Wesley Richardson (12), DB Camerron Cheatham (11), DB Drew Frey (10) and DT John Hughes (10) round out the Top-5 in tackles.
  • Cheatham had a career-high nine tackles at Tennessee.
  • The Bearcats will look to establish the pass rush Saturday as they enter the game with only two sacks on the season.
  • The City of Knoxville renamed Union Square Park in honor of Paul Hogue, a former UC basketball star and Knoxville native.