Pollsters Elevate Bearcats Inside Top 20

Oct. 7, 2007

CINCINNATI-- Less than 24 hours after utilizing its opportunistic defense and no-huddle offense to upend No. 21 Rutgers by a score of 28-23, the University of Cincinnati moved to No. 15 in this week's Associated Press Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

In its BIG EAST Conference debut, Cincinnati (6-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) quieted the home crowd of 43,768 at Rutgers Stadium by claiming four takeaways and scoring twice on ensuing drives en route to its ninth consecutive victory. Owning the second-longest win streak in the nation behind only No. 1 LSU, UC moved up in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches' Polls for the third straight week.

Since taking the reins of the program before the 2007 International Bowl, head coach Brian Kelly is off to one of the fastest starts in Cincinnati history. Kelly is the first head coach to start 7-0 at UC since Russ Cohen began his first season 7-0 in 1935.

Tops in the country in takeaways (25) and turnover margin (+2.5 per game), the Bearcats evened their all-time record at 3-3-1 when nationally ranked.

Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium to host BIG EAST rival Louisville (3-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) in the annual battle for the Keg of Nails. The game is Homecoming for Cincinnati and tickets are sold out.

Student tickets will be made available to the first 500 students with a valid UC student ID through the turnstiles at Gate 3 at the lower East Side of Dieterle Hall and Varsity Village. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Homecoming festivities begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is being televised on ESPNU.