Nov. 8, 2011
The University of Cincinnati football team, winners of six-straight games, return home to Cincinnati to take on visiting West Virginia, Saturday at noon in a BIG EAST Conference contest at Paul Brown Stadium. UC (7-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) controls its own destiny in the conference race, holding a one-game lead over second-place Louisville. The Bearcats have staged come-from-behind wins in each of the last three games, overcoming margins of nine, 10 and 10 points in the second half over Louisville, USF and Pittsburgh, respectively. WVU (6-3, 2-2 BIG EAST) has lost two of three, falling at Syracuse, earning a road win at Rutgers and losing at home to UofL.
CATWALK INFORMATION | MAP
- The CATWALK will move downtown Saturday along with the UC's matchup with West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium.
- With kickoff slotted for noon, the CATWALK will take place outside the northwest side of the stadium at 9:45 a.m.
- The CATWALK will be at the corner of Central Ave. and Pete Rose Way and will end at the entrance to the stadium as they make their way into the locker room.
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- Satellite Radio: n/a
- Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
- Internet Radio: 700wlw.com
- Twitter: @GoBEARCATS
- Series Record: WVU leads 15-3-1
- Last Meeting: 11/13/10 @ WVU (WVU W, 37-10)
- In Cincinnati: WVU leads 7-1
- Rankings (AP/Coaches): 23/18
- 2011 Record: 7-1, 3-0 BIG EAST
- Last Game: Nov. 5, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pa., UC defeated Pitt 26-23
- Head Coach: Butch Jones
- Record at UC (Years): 11-9 (2nd)
- Career Record (Years): 38-22 (5th)
- vs. West Virginia: 0-1
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
- Rankings (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
- 2011 Record: 6-3, 2-2 BIG EAST
- Last Game: Nov. 5, 2011 in Morgantown, W.Va., WVU lost to Louisville 38-35
- Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen
- Record at School (Years): 6-3 (1st)
- Career Record (Years): Same
- vs. UC: First Meeting
- Mark Neely (Play-By-Play)
- Ray Bentley (Analyst)
RADIO: WLW (700 AM)
- Dan Hoard (Play-By-Play)
- Jim Kelly Jr. (Analyst)
- Tom Gelehrter (Sideline)
- Mo Egger (Host/Engineer)
UC Game Notes | WVU Game Notes | BIG EAST Notes
- Saturday marks the 20th matchup between the Mountaineers and Bearcats. WVU leads the all-time series 15-3-1, including a 7-1 mark in Cincinnati. UC has won two of the last three matchups in the series which dates back to 1921.
- Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the UC program and is 11-9. Jones most recently led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances. He holds a 38-22 overall record and a 25-8 mark in league games.
- Dana Holgorsen is in his first season at West Virginia with a 6-3 record. He joined WVU after stints as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, Houston and Texas Tech. This is his first matchup against the Bearcats as a head coach.
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 558-551-51 (.503).
- Head coach Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the program, returning 16 starters, including nine on defense.
- UC returned the league’s 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 2010.
- With its 7-1 record, UC has surpassed its 2010 win total (4) and is bowl eligible after not playing in the postseason a year ago.
- UC is atop the BIG EAST standings with a 3-0 league mark. The Bearcats control their own destiny in the conference race.
- UC checks in this week at No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press poll.
- UC is one of three teams nationally (Michigan, Wisconsin) whose football and men’s basketball teams both appear in the polls.
- Entering the week, UC leads the BIG EAST in scoring offense (39.1), rushing defense (86.1), punting (40.1), sacks allowed (1.38), kickoff coverage (45.8), field goals (.800), 4th-down conversions (.571), penalties (39.1), and turnover margin (1.62).
- UC ranks among the Top-10 teams nationally in five categories: turnover margin (3rd/1.63), tackles for a loss (5th/8.13), rushing defense (6th/87.6), sacks (8th/3.13) and net punting (9th/40.1).
- The Bearcats have faced second-half deficits of nine, 10 and 10 points in their last three BIG EAST games, but have won all three.
- Cincinnati’s defense has 22 sacks in its last five games.
- The Bearcats have won all three of their trophy games this season after capturing the River City Rivalry against Pittsburgh.
- Cincinnati has won six straight games, three straight road games and three straight games in NFL stadiums.
- K Tony Miliano was named the National Placekicker of the Week by the The College Football Performance Awards after tying the UC single-game record with four field goals made at Pittsburgh.
- RB Isaiah Pead leads all BIG EAST backs with 100 or more carries with his 6.0 yards per carry average.
- QB Zach Collaros needs 34 completions to become the second UC QB all-time 5,000 yds passing, 500 completions and 50 TDs.
- DT Derek Wolfe leads the BIG EAST with seven sacks (0.9) and ranks second with 12.0 tackles for a loss (1.50).
- LB JK Schaffer ranks third in the BIG EAST at 8.4 tackles per game.