Nov. 15, 2013
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CINCINNATI (7-2, 4-1) at RUTGERS (5-3, 2-2)
SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013 • NOON (ET) • ESPNews • 700 WLW AM • PISCATAWAY, N.J. • HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS STADIUM
Site: High Point Solutions Stadium (35,000)
Radio: 700 WLW AM
Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
Series Record: Rutgers leads 9-8-1
In Piscataway: Rutgers leads 7-2
Last Meeting: 11/17/12 (UC L, 10-3)
Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
2013 Record: 5-3, 2-2
Head Coach: Kyle Flood
Record at SMU (Yrs.): 14-7 (2nd)
Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/rv
2013 Record: 7-2, 4-1
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Record at UC (Years): 7-2 (1st)
ON THE AIR
Beth Mowins: Play-by-Play
Joey Galloway: Analyst
Paul Carcaterra: Sideline
RADIO: 700 WLW AM
Jim Kelly Jr.: Analyst
Artrell Hawkins: Sideline
Mo Egger: Host/Engineer
Football Starts Tough Three-Game Stretch At Rutgers Saturday
The University of Cincinnati football team starts a two-game road swing Saturday against Rutgers. The game will kickoff at Noon ET from High Point Solutions Stadium and be televised nationally by ESPNews and air on 700 WLW. UC is 7-2 (4-1 American) and on a four-game winning streak. UC ranks eighth in the country in total defense, giving up 299 yards per game. Points have been hard to come by in the last two meetings with the Scarlet Knights as the Bearcats have totaled only six points in eight quarters (2011-12) after tallying 116 points in the previous two meetings (2009-10). Rutgers is 5-3 (2-2 American) and coming off a bye week after a last-second rally to beat Temple 23-20. The UC game marks the end of a three-game league homestand for the Scarlet Knights.
Saturday marks the 19th meeting between two of the oldest football-playing institutions in the country. Rutgers is known as the birthplace of college football, with the Scarlet Knights playing Princeton in the first ever college game in 1869. The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in major college football.
Tommy Tuberville, a 17-year head coaching veteran was named the 41st football head coach at the University of Cincinnati on Dec. 8, 2012. Widely regarded as one of the top coaches and recruiters in the collegiate game, comes to Cincinnati after three years at Texas Tech. Tuberville holds a 138-79 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.
KYLE FLOOD is 14-7 in his second season as the head coach at Rutgers, but has served with the Scarlet Knights since 2005, coaching the offensive line and holding the assistant head coach title from 2008-11. He led RU to a share of its first Big East Conference title a year ago and was the league’s coach of the year.
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARDS
- The University of Cincinnati football team is playing its 126th season in 2013. The Bearcats’ program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in major college football.
- UC won four of the final five BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in six of the past seven seasons and two straight years.
- UC has won 64 games (64-23) since the 2007 season, most among current American Athletic Conference teams.
- UC is the only school in the country among the BCS AQ Conferences (American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) to win four conference titles in the last five years.
- UC is one of only four NCAA FBS AQ programs to have won 10 games in five of the past six seasons, joining Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon.
- Nippert Stadium now features a new UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system, the same product used at Paul Brown Stadium, Nippert will undergo an $86-million renovation and expansion starting in Dec. 2013. UC will play downtown at PBS in 2014.
- OL Ben Flick, WR Mark Barr and WR Javon Harrison were involved in a car accident on Sept. 21, 2013. Tragically, Flick lost his life and Barr was seriously injured, spent eight weeks in the hospital and was recently released. Barr is continuing outpatient rehab with the UC sports medicine staff. Harrison was treated and released.
- The Nov. 9th game versus SMU was the last day game at Nippert Stadium until the 2015 season.
- UC is 15-1 in its last 16 games at Nippert and has won six straight on the home turf, dating back to the home opener of the 2011 season against Austin Peay.
- QB Munchie Legaux suffered a knee injury against Illinois, had surgery on Sept. 13 and will miss the rest of the year.
- With the win over Memphis, UC is bowl eligible for the third straight season and seventh time in the past eight years.
- The Bearcats, who have played in two Bowl Championship Series games, are 8-6 all time in postseason games.
- QB Brendon Kay leads the NCAA FBS and American Athletic Conference in completion percentage at .741 (172-232).