Nov. 3, 2009
Game Notes | Roster | Gametracker | Live Audio
AT A GLANCE
Date: Nov. 7, 2009
Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Venue: Nippert Stadium
Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
Series Record: UC leads 4-1
In Cincinnati: UC leads 3-0
ON THE AIR
The game will be televised regionally by ABC. Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), and Lisa Salters (sideline) will have the call.
The game will air over the Cincinnati Bearcats Radio Network presented by IMG College starting at 11:30 a.m. on 700 WLW AM, XM 203, and Sirius 122. Dan Hoard (play-by-play), Jim Kelly Jr. (analyst), Tom Gelehrter (sideline), and Mo Egger (host/engineer) make up the UC broadcast team.
The radio broadcast can also be heard over the internet at GoBEARCATS.com.
No. 4/7 Football Opens Three-Game Homestand Saturday Against Connecticut
The University of Cincinnati football team returns home to open up a three-game homestand against Connecticut at 8 p.m. Saturday in front of an ABC national television audience at Nippert Stadium. Saturday marks the sixth meeting between the two teams with UC holding a 4-1 lead in the series, including a 3-0 mark at Nippert Stadium. UConn defeated the Bearcats, 40-16, a year ago at Rentschler Field, UC’s only BIG EAST loss. The Bearcats, one of seven undefeated teams in the nation, have a nine-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium, and a 14-game regular-season winning streak. The Huskies are 4-4 on the campaign, and 1-3 in BIG EAST play. Their four losses have come by a combined 14 points.
The schools have met five times with UC holding a 4-1 advantage, including a 3-0 mark at Nippert Stadium.
Brian Kelly, the two-time reigning BIG EAST Coach of the Year, is in his third full season at the helm of the Cincinnati football program with a 30-6 record and a 19-year career mark of 167-57-2. Kelly led the Bearcats to a school-record 11 wins, a BIG EAST Championship, and a Bowl Championship Series game berth in 2008. He won two NCAA Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State and led Central Michigan to the 2006 Mid-American Conference Championship. He is the leader in victories among active BIG EAST coaches and is the only current BIG EAST coach with 150 or more career wins.
Randy Edsall is 62-64 in his 11th season as the head coach at Connecticut. The Syracuse alum is 1-3 all-time against the Bearcats, leading the Huskies to a 40-16 win over UC at Rentschler Field a year ago.
A LOOK AHEAD
UC will continue a three-game homestand at Nippert Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13 against West Virginia. The Bearcats and Mountaineers have met 17 times on the gridiron with WVU holding a 14-2-1 advantage in the all-time series. WVU has a seven-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium, but UC knocked off the Mountaineers, 26-23, in a 2008 overtime thriller.
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS ...
- The Bearcats are off to their best start since 1954. This is the third time in school history the Bearcats have started a season 8-0 (1951, 1954).
- Cincinnati has won 14-straight regular season games.
- UC sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 5 in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings. UC is 16-7-1 all -time when ranked.
- QB Tony Pike suffered an injury in the second half of the USF game. His left (non-throwing) arm is in a cast and his status for the Connecticut game is unknown.
- QB Zach Collaros has made two starts in relief, going 41-of-52 (78.8 pct) for 620 yards and seven touchdowns while running for 206 yards and two scores in 2.5 games.
- WR Mardy Gilyard has eight touchdown receptions this season and 22 for his career, tying him for UC’s all-time lead with former teammate Dominick Goodman (2005-08).
- UC leads the nation in tackles for a loss (9.5), ranks second in sacks (3.6), third in turnover margin (1.6), and ninth in scoring defense (12.9).
- Offensively, the Bearcats lead the country in passing efficiency (168.49), rank fifth in scoring offense (39.1), eighth in total offense (454.0), and 10th in passing offense (305.3).
- UC has turned the ball over four times in 2009, all on INTs, the fewest turnovers in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
- UC is also the lone NCAA FBS team to have not lost a fumble in 2009.