No. 5 Football Welcomes West Virginia For Ring Of Red Game Friday

Nov. 11, 2009

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Nov. 13, 2009
8 p.m. (EST)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nippert Stadium
Live Stats:
Series Record:
WVU leads 14-2-1
In Cincinnati:
WVU leads 7-0

The game will be televised nationally in HD by ESPN2. Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), and Quint Kessenich (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 and Sirius 127. 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

The game is also the BIG EAST National Game of the Week. John Rooke and Peter Brock have the call on XM 203.

No. 5 Football Welcomes West Virginia For Ring Of Red Game Friday Night
The University of Cincinnati football team plays host to No. 23 West Virginia Friday at Nippert Stadium in UC’s annual Ring of Red game. The Bearcats, one of six undefeated teams in the nation, have a 10-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium, and a 15-game regular-season winning streak. The Mountaineers are 7-2, 3-1 in BIG EAST play on the year. 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 WVU, 26-23, in a 2008 overtime thriller in Morgantown.

The schools have met 17 times with WVU holding a 14-2-1 advantage, including a 7-0 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 31-6 record and a 19-year career mark of 168-57-2. 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.

Bill Stewart  is 17-6 in his second season as the head coach at West Virginia and holds a 23-51 mark in five years as a head coach. He was one of four first-year head coaches to lead his program to a bowl game in 2008.

UC will have its second bye week of the season before concluding the home portion of the schedule on Friday, Nov. 27 to take on Illinois from the Big Ten at Nippert Stadium. Game time and television network will be announced on Monday, Nov. 15. UC has  a 15-game home winning streak in non-conference games and will meet the Fighting Illini for the first time. 


  • UC tied the best start in school history (1951) with its 9-0 mark.
  • Cincinnati has won 15-straight regular season games.
  • UC sits at No. 5 in the Associated Press poll, USA Today Coaches Poll, and the BCS rankings. UC is 17-7-1 as a ranked team.
  • The Nov. 7 game between Cincinnati and Connecticut featured a combined 1,173 yards of total offense, 92 points, and no TOs.
  • QB Tony Pike suffered an injury in the second half of the USF game. His left (non-throwing) arm is in a cast and he is day-to-day for the West Virginia game.
  • QB Zach Collaros has made three starts in relief, going 79-of-89 (88.7%) for 1,100 yards with eight touchdown throws while running for an additional 281 yards and four scores.
  • Jake Rogers is the top-scoring kicker in the BIG EAST at 8.4 ppg.
  • 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).
  • Gilyard leads the BIG EAST with 7.2 receptions per game. He has 65 receptions for 908 yards and eight touchdowns and also leads the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards (184.3 yards per game)
  • UC has turned the ball over four times in 2009, all on INTs, the fewest turnovers in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
  • UC is the lone NCAA FBS team to have not lost a fumble in 2009.
  • UC leads the nation in passing efficiency (171.84) and tackles for a loss (8.9), while ranking third in total offense (482.6), sacks (3.3), and turnover margin (1.4), and sitting fifth in scoring offense (40.0), and sixth in passing offense (324.7).