Dec. 26, 2013
NOTES: Cincinnati | North Carolina COVERAGE: LISTEN | WATCH | STATS
2013 BELK BOWL: CINCINNATI (9-3) vs. NORTH CAROLINA (6-6)
SATURDAY, DEC. 28, 2013 3:20 P.M. (ET) CHARLOTTE, N.C. BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
Site: Bank of America Stadium (73,778)
Surface: Natural Grass
Radio: 700 WLW AM/Sirius XM 84
Live Stats: GoBEARCATS.com
Series Record: UNC leads 2-0
In Charlotte, N.C.: First Meeting
Last Meeting: 09/14/91 (UNC W, 51-16)
Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
2013 Record: 6-6
Head Coach: Larry Fedora
Record at UNC(Yrs.): 14-10 (2nd)
Rankings (AP/Coaches): rv/rv
2013 Record: 9-3
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Record at UC (Years): 9-3 (1st)
Football Takes On North Carolina In Belk Bowl
The University of Cincinnati football team will face the University of North Carolina in the 2013 Belk Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
The Bearcats and Tar Heels have met twice on the gridiron with UNC holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The teams first met on Oct. 6, 1979 with the Bearcats dropping a 35-14 road decision to No. 18 UNC and last met on Sept. 14, 1991, a 51-16 Tar Heels win in Chapel Hill.
NOTING THE BELK BOWL
UC will make its second straight appearance in the Belk Bowl. The Bearcats defeated Duke in a 48-34 thriller in Charlotte in 2012. Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.
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 140-80 career record with head coaching stops at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.
LARRY FEDORA is in his second season as head coach and holds a 14-10 mark at the school and a six-year career record of 48-29. He was the head coach at Southern Miss from 2008-11.
ON THE AIR
Carter Blackburn: Play-by-Play
Danny Kannel: Analyst
Allison Williams: Sideline
RADIO//700 WLW AM
Dan Hoard: Play-by-Play
Jim Kelly Jr.: Analyst
Tom Gelehrter: Sideline
RADIO//ESPN Radio/Sirius XM 84
Tom Hart: Play-by-Play
David Diaz-Infante: Analyst
Cara Capuano: Sideline
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
- 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 66 games (66-24) 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 will undergo an $86-million renovation and expansion in Dec. 2013. UC will play 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.
- QB Munchie Legaux suffered a knee injury against Illinois, had surgery on Sept. 13 and will miss the rest of the year.
- UC closed out the regular season with a 9-3 record, and a 6-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play in Head Coach Tommy Tuberville's first season at Cincinnati.
- UC averaged 33.3 ppg and 482.3 ypg on offense and had one of the top passing attacks in the league, led by senior QB Brendon Kay who became only the fourth UC player to throw for 3,000 or more yards in a season (3,121).
- The Bearcats are No. 9 nationally in total defense (313.2) and rank fifth in rushing defense (98.7) and 12th in scoring defense (19.5) and 18th in red zone defense (0.742).
- Kay needs 11 completions and 422 yards passing to set UC's single-season mark in both categories.
- WR Shaq Washington needs 13 catches to set UC's single season record for receptions.
- LB Greg Blair needs four stops to net his second-straight campaign with 100 or more tackles.