Football Set To Face Duke In 2012 Belk Bowl

Dec. 25, 2012

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Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6)
Dec. 27, 2012 • 6:30 p.m. ET • ESPN • 700 WLW
Charlotte, N.C. • Bank of America Stadium (73,778)

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Football Set To Face Duke In 2012 Belk Bowl
The University of Cincinnati football will play Duke University in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN. UC will be playing in its 14th bowl game and sixth in the past seven seasons. UC is 7-6 all-time in post-season games and will be making its first trip to the Belk Bowl. UC won its fourth BIG EAST title in five years, the only NCAA FBS AQ team in the nation to achieve that feat. The Bearcats are 19-6 over the past two seasons with two BIG EAST titles and a win over SEC foe Vanderbilt in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Duke finished the season with a 6-6 overall record (3-5 in the ACC, fifth in the Coastal Division). Duke won six of its first eight games, including a 33-30 win over rival North Carolina to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.  Head Coach David Cutcliffe was named the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year, and nine Blue Devils earned All-ACC recognition following the regular season.  

The 2012 Belk Bowl marks the first meeting on the gridiron between Cincinnati and Duke.

Steve Stripling was named UC’s interim head coach on Dec. 7, 2012. He replaces Butch Jones, who accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee. Stripling is a 34-year coaching veteran who joined the UC staff in 2010. The 2012 Belk Bowl will mark the 23rd bowl game Stripling has played or coached in throughout his career. He led Central Michigan to a 44-41 double-overtime win over Troy in the 2010 GMAC Bowl. Stripling was the Bearcats’ assistant head coach and defensive line coach..

David Cutcliffe  is in his fifth year at Duke with a 21-39 record while holding a career mark of 65-68 in 11 seasons as a head coach. He was the head coach at Ole Miss from 1998-2004 and was a student assistant coach under Hall of Fame head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. During his career, he has coached in 22 bowl games and mentored two Super Bowl MVPs in Peyton Manning (Tennessee) and Eli Manning (Ole Miss).

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  • The University of Cincinnati football team, under the direction of interim head coach Steve Stripling is playing its 125th season of football in 2012. The program dates to 1885 and ranks as one of the 10 oldest in major college football and following a 9-3 regular-season campaign in 2012, holds an all-time mark of 570-556-51.
  • UC has won four of the past five BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in six of the past seven seasons.
  • UC is the only school in the country among the BCS AQ Conferences (ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) to win four conference titles in the last five years.
  • If the Bearcats earn a win in the Belk Bowl, they would join Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon as teams who have achieved the mark in five of the past six seasons.
  • UC has five double-digit win seasons in 124 years of football.
  • The Bearcats have won 64 games over the last seven years, the most among current members of the Big East.
  • UC has registered at least 425 yards of total offense in eight of its 11 games this year.
  • Butch Jones resigned his position at UC to take the Tennessee  head coaching job on Dec. 7. Steve Stripling was named interim head coach for UC and will coach the Belk Bowl.
  • On Dec. 8, UC named Tommy Tuberville, a 17-year head coaching veteran as its new head coach. Tuberville will take the reins of the program following the bowl game.
  • Eight UC student-athletes were named All-BIG EAST, including first-team honorees: Eric Lefeld, Austen Bujnoch, Travis Kelce, Dan Giordano and Greg Blair.