Football Plays For BIG EAST Conference Championship Saturday On Senior Day Against Connecticut
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Nov. 29, 2011

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No. 25 Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST) vs. Connecticut (5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST)
Dec. 3, 2011 | Noon ET
Cincinnati, Ohio
 | Nippert Stadium (35,000)
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team returns home to Nippert Stadium for the first time in 71 days Saturday, playing the Connecticut Huskies at noon on Senior Day. The Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST), who will honor a 21-member senior class in a pregame ceremony, can clinch a share of the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Championship with a win. With a win and a West Virginia loss at USF on Thursday, UC would clinch the league’s Bowl Championship Series berth for the third time in four years. Connecticut (5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST) ended Rutgers’ BIG EAST title chase a week ago, and needs a win this weekend to become bowl eligible.

GAME INFORMATION

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  • Series Record: UC leads 5-2
  • Last Meeting: 11/27/10 @ UConn (UConn W, 38-17) 
  • In Cincinnati: Cincinnati leads 4-0

CINCINNATI BEARCATS

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches)rv/25
  • 2011 Record: 8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST
  • Last Game: Nov. 26, 2011 in Syracuse, N.Y., UC defeated Syracuse 30-13
  • Head Coach: Butch Jones
  • Record at UC (Years): 12-11 (2nd)
  • Career Record (Years): 39-24 (5th)
  • vs. Connecticut: 0-1

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES

  • Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
  • 2011 Record: 5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST
  • Last Game: Nov. 26, 2011 in East Hartford, Conn., Connecticut defeated Rutgers 40-22
  • Head Coach: Paul Pasqualoni
  • Record at School (Years): 5-6 (1st)
  • Career Record (Years): 146-82-1 (21st)
  • vs. UC: 0-1

TELEVISION: ESPN/ESPN3

  • Dave Pasch (Play-By-Play)
  • Chris Spielman (Analyst)
  • Quint Kessenich (Sideline)

RADIO: WLW (700 AM)

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  • Tom Gelehrter (Sideline)
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THE SERIES

  • Saturday marks the eighth meeting between Cincinnati and Connecticut. The Huskies have won two of three in the series, both at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. UC holds a 4-0 advantage in Nippert Stadium.  

THE COACHES

  • Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the UC program. Jones has doubled the program’s win total from a year ago and will lead the Bearcats to their 13th all-time bowl game. He most recently led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances. He holds a 39-24 overall record and a 26-10 mark in league games.
  • PAUL PASQUALONI is in his first season at Connecticut and 21st as a college head coach. He was the head coach at Syracuse from 1991-2004 and is the all-time winningest coach in BIG EAST history in league wins with 64 and overall wins with 111. He is 0-1 against UC.

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 559-553-51 (.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 8-3 record, UC has doubled its 2010 win total (4) and is bowl eligible after not playing in the postseason a year ago.
  • UC can clinch a share of the BIG EAST title by winning defeating Connecticut and would be the league’s BCS representative with a win Saturday and a loss by West Virginia (at USF) on Thurs. UC holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over UofL.
  • Entering the week, UC leads the BIG EAST in net punting (42.0), turnover margin (+11/1.0) and tackles for a loss (8.6).
  • UC leads the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.6) and ranks in the Top-10 in sacks (3.4/3rd), turnover margin (1.0/7th) and rushing defense (100.6/10th).
  • Cincinnati’s defense has 34 sacks in its last nine games.
  • QB Zach Collaros will miss UC’s last 3 regular season games after suffering a broken right ankle in the second quarter against WVU.
  • QB Munchie Legaux has started the last two games and threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns at Syracuse.
  • Legaux and QB Jordan Luallen split time, with Luallen added 77-yards rushing on eight carries (9.6 ypc).
  • LB JK Schaffer is the BIG EAST’s active leader in tackles with 317 career stops. He needs six stops to break the 100-tackle mark for the third-straight season, and would become the fifth UC player all-time to achieve that mark along with: Hassan Champion/1996-98, Phillip Curry/1994-97, Brad Jackson/1995-97 and Karl Woods/1978-80.
  • RB Isaiah Pead became the third UC player all-time to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards and the first in 25 years to eclipse 1,000-yards rushing in back-to-back seasons. He leads the BIG EAST in scoring with 14 TDs (11 rush, 3 rec).
  • P Pat O’Donnell leads the league, averaging 45.3 yards per punt.
  • KR Ralph David Abernathy IV had a career-long 73 return at Syracuse.
  • DE’s Walter Stewart and Monte Taylor are tied for the league lead with three forced fumbles apiece.
  • DB Wesley Richardson had his first career interception at Syracuse.