Oct. 15, 2012
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No. 21/18 Cincinnati (5-0) vs. Toledo (6-1)
Oct. 20, 2012 • 7 p.m. ET • ESPN3 • 700 WLW
Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)
No. 21/18 Football Heads On Road For First Time In 2012
The No. 21/18 University of Cincinnati football team will play its first true road game on Oct. 20, taking on the Toledo Rockets in the Glass Bowl. UC has played four of five games in Nippert Stadium and was the home team in a Sept. 29 game against Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. UC is 5-0 and winners of eight-straight games dating back to last season, tied for the third-longest winning streak nationally. The Bearcats moved up to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches poll this week and No. 21 in both the Associated Press poll and Bowl Championship Series standings. The Rockets are 6-1, winners of six straight and averaging over 36 points per game (36.4). Toledo will return the trip to historic Nippert Stadium on Sept. 13, 2014.
UC leads the all-time series 4-2, but Toledo has won the last two games. The Bearcats are making their first trip to the Glass Bowl since 1993. The teams last met in the 2001 Motor City Bowl, a 23-16 UT win. UC is 2-0 all-time in Toledo.
Butch Jones, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, is in his third season with the University of Cincinnati program and his sixth as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 46-24. He has won three conference championships (2007, 2009 at Central Michigan, 2011 at Cincinnati).
MATT CAMPBELL is in the his first full season as the head coach of the Rockets. Campbell (32) is the youngest head coach in the NCAA FBS, three years younger than Western Kentucky’s Willie Taggart (36). He led UT to a 42-41 win over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl, 16 days after being named head coach. Campbell won three national titles as a player at Mount Union.
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STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
- The University of Cincinnati football team, under the direction of third-year head coach Butch Jones is playing its 125th season of football in 2012.
- The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and ranks as one of the 10 oldest in major college football and following a 10-3 campaign in 2011, holds an all-time mark of 561-553-51.
- UC has won three of the past four BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in five of the past six seasons.
- Jones, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, enters his third season with the Bearcats program and his sixth as a collegiate head coach.
- The Bearcats have won 60 games over the last seven years, the most among current members of the Big East.
- UC is one of only five NCAA FBS AQ programs to have won 10 games in four of the past five seasons, joining Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech.
- UC has won 24 straight home non-conference games at historic Nippert Stadium, dating back to a 30-24 win in three overtimes over Temple on Sept. 20, 2003.
- Cincinnati’s eight-game winning streak is tied for the third longest active streak in the NCAA FBS. The UC record for consecutive wins (12) and consecutive regular-season wins (18) were set in 2009 and over the 2008-09 seasons, respectively.
- UC has outscored its opponents 48-9 in the first quarter and 75-20 in the first half this season at Nippert Stadium.
- Through five games, UC is averaging 6.8 yards per play and 465.4 yards per game, both highs for Butch Jones coached teams. The Bearcats have topped 425 yards of total offense in each of the season’s first five games.
- UC moved up to No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll while maintaining its No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 and earning the No. 21 spot in the initial BCS rankings.