Nov. 15, 2009
UC Postgame Press Conference | Rankings | Updated Season Statistics
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team maintained its No. 5 ranking in the three major polls Sunday, the day after the Bearcats knocked off BIG EAST Conference rival West Virginia, 24-21, in front of a record crowd Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
UC moved to 10-0 (6-0 BIG EAST) for the first time in school history, surpassing the previous best start to a season by the 1951 squad (9-0).
The top five in the Associated Press poll and Bowl Championship Series standings remained static with Florida holding down the top spot, trailed by Alabama, Texas, TCU, and Cincinnati. Florida leads the USA Today Coaches poll, followed by Texas, Alabama, TCU, and Cincinnati.
Tony Pike threw two touchdown passes in a cameo appearance, Isaiah Pead ran for a career-high 175 yards, and UC overcame some uncharacteristic mistakes--a fumble, a dropped touchdown pass, a missed field goal, and an interception--all in the first half.
The Mountaineers went for it on fourth-and-8 from the Cincinnati 24-yard line. Jarrett Brown's pass into the end zone while under pressure fell incomplete.
Pead cut across the field on a 43-yard run on the next play that put Cincinnati in position to take control. Jake Rogers' 38-yard field goal made it 24-14 with 2:08 left. Brown's touchdown pass cut it to 24-21 with 39 seconds left and West Virginia out of timeouts.
Cincinnati's Armon Binns
recovered the onside kick to finish it off.
UC is off until Nov. 27, when it faces Illinois in a non-conference matchup on Senior Day at Nippert Stadium. Game time and television opportunities will be announced Monday. Tickets for the game are sold out. Following the Illinois game, UC takes on Pittsburgh on Dec. 5 at Heinz Field in a game that will decide the 2009 BIG EAST Champion and winner of the league's automatic BCS bid.