GAME INFORMATION Site: Nippert Stadium (35,000) Surface: UBU Speed Series S-5M TV: ESPN/WatchESPN Radio: 700 WLW AM/SiriusXM 91 Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com Twitter: @GoBEARCATS Series Record: Temple leads 9-5-1 In Cincinnati: Cincinnati leads 3-2-1 Last Meeting: 11/10/12 (UC W, 34-10)
TEMPLE Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na 2013 Record: 0-5 Head Coach: Matt Rhule Record at Temple (Yrs.): 0-5 (1st)
CINCINNATI Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na 2013 Record: 3-2 Head Coach:Tommy Tuberville Record at UC (Years): 3-2 (1st)
Football Returns Home To Face Temple The University of Cincinnati football team returns home for the first time in nearly a month, facing the Temple Owls in a Friday night primetime matchup under the lights at Nippert Stadium.
SCOUTING TEMPLE Temple is 0-5 on the season and coming off a 30-7 loss to Louisville. Kenny Harper (50.0) and Zaire Williams (43.6) lead the ground game. Harper has six TDs on the season. QB Clinton “Juice” Granger made his first start against Louisville. Ryan Alderman has 19 catches and a TD to lead the wideouts. LB Tyler Matakevich has tallied 67 tackles through five games.
THE SERIES Friday marks the 16th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1973. Temple leads the series 9-5-1 but UC has won the past three matchups in 2002, 2003 and last season at Lincoln Financial Field.
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 133-79 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.
MATT RHULE is 0-5 in his first season leading the Owls program. The State College, Pa., native, a former player at Penn State, has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including six seasons at Temple, and six bowl games, two with the Owls, on his resume. He spent the 2012 season as an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants.
HOMECOMING GAME TIME SET
UC and UConn will kick off at noon next Saturday (Oct. 19) on homecoming. The game will be televised by ESPNU and aired live on 700 WLW AM. For homecoming information, please click HERE.
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
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 60 games (60-22) since the 2007 season, most among current American Athletic Conference teams.
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.
Nippert Stadium now features a new UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system, the same product used at Paul Brown Stadium, Nippert will undergo an $86-million renovation and expansion starting in Dec. 2013. UC will play downtown at PBS in 2014.
OL Ben Flick, WR Mark Barr and WR Javon Harrison were involved in a car accident on Sept. 21, 2013. Tragically, Flick lost his life and Barr was seriously injured and remains hospitalized at UCMC. Harrison was treated and released.
QB Munchie Legaux suffered a knee injury against Illinois, had surgery on Sept. 13 and will miss the rest of the year.
UC will celebrate its annual Ring of Red game against Temple, donning the all-red unis for the first time in 2013.
The Bearcats will honor the 1973 team during Friday’s game. The team featured standout RB Reggie Harrison, as well as Dana Bible, Jim Kelly Jr., Tom Marvaso, Danny Raines and Clarence Sanders among others.
UC ranks No. 4 nationally in total defense, giving up 251.0 yards per game. The Bearcats have not allowed an offensive TD since the 2:44 mark of the second quarter of the NSU game, a span of 10 quarters or 152:44.
Temple DB coach Francis Brown played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2007-08.
UC DC Art Kaufman and Temple DC Allen Mogridge were on the North Carolina staff together from 2009-11.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Cincinnati scored on four of its last five first-half possessions and rode that momentum to a 34-10 win.
QB Brendon Kay, making his first career start for the Bearcats (7-2, 3-1), was an efficient 13-for-21 for 244 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes of 75 and 65 yards. But Kay did a little of everything, rushing for 71 yards on seven carries and also making a 5-yard reception, when he caught his own deflected pass.
Kay didn't turn the ball over in directing the Bearcats on scoring drives of 74, 75, 80, 94 and 71 yards.
The Bearcats were in firm control by halftime. A 29-yard Kay completion to Anthony McClung, along with a Temple personal foul penalty, in the first quarter helped set up the first of George Winn's two 1-yard touchdown runs. Kay's 40-yard run on a third-and-12 play in the second quarter set up Winn's second score.