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Football team matches all-time best start

Nov. 8, 2009

By Megan Roehm

A quick look at the weekend that was and the week ahead:

• The UC football team beat Connecticut 47-45 on Saturday night, which tied the best start in school history. The Bearcats are 9-0, 5-0 BIG EAST. Cincinnati dropped one spot to No. 5 in Sunday's new Associated Press rankings and remains No. 5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Sophomore quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 480 yards, the second-best passing performance in Cincinnati's history. The Bearcats are one of only six undefeated Division I teams. UC has won 10 consecutive BIG EAST games and remains tied with Pittsburgh (8-1, 5-0) for first place in the conference.

• The UC swimming and diving team lost to West Virginia on Friday at the WVU Natatorium. The men's team lost 120-98, and the women lost 122-97. Cincinnati traveled to Pittsburgh on Saturday and lost to the Panthers. The men lost 177-122 and the women 196-104. UC was missing several key performers due to illness but still earned a number of event wins in the team's first road test of the season.

• UC's volleyball team had a seven-match winning streak end Friday when it lost to Georgetown (13-14, 3-8 BIG EAST), 3-0, on the final conference road trip of the regular season. The Bearcats played in Tampa on Sunday and were defeated by South Florida 3-0, giving Cincinnati 20 wins. It marks the ninth time that UC has reached the 20-win plateau under 10th-year coach Reed Sunahara. The win also gave UC its 10th conference victory; the Bearcats have registered back-to-back 10-win conference seasons for the first time since joining the BIG EAST in 2005. The Bearcats are 20-9, 10-2 BIG EAST. They are tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the league, trailing 12-0 Notre Dame.

Weekend Results


Swimming and Diving: West Virginia def. UC (men 122-97; women 120-95)

Volleyball: Georgetown def. UC, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21


Football: UC def. Connecticut, 47-45



Swimming and diving: Pittsburgh def. UC (men 177-122, women 196-104)


Volleyball: UC def. South Florida, 25-22, 25-15, 25-23

Week Ahead

• The UC football team plays West Virginia at 8 p.m. Friday at Nippert Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear red for the Bearcats' "Ring of Red game." The game will be televised on ESPN2. With a victory UC will set a record for best start in school history (it's tied right now). UC goes into the game 9-0, 5-0 BIG EAST. West Virginia is 7-2, 3-1 BIG EAST.

• The volleyball team returns home to close out its regular season against St. John's and Connecticut. The Bearcats welcome Connecticut to Fifth Third Arena at 2 p.m. Saturday and plays host to St. John's at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's match will be Senior Day as UC honors its only senior, Jaime Frey (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon High school).

• Cincinnati's cross country team returns to action Saturday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind.

• The UC women's basketball team opens its regular season at 7 p.m. Sunday at home against Furman. It's the debut of new coach Jamelle Elliott.

This week's events

• FOOTBALL (Tickets: $42 adults, $25 ages 4-12)

Friday, Nov. 13: UC vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m., Nippert Stadium

• MEN'S BASKETBALL ($10, $5)

Thursday, Nov. 12: UC vs. Bellarmine (exhibition), 7:30 p.m., Fifth Third Arena

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ($7 adults, $5 for children)

Monday, Nov. 9: UC vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (exhibition), 7 p.m., Fifth Third Arena

Sunday, Nov. 15: UC vs. Furman, 7 p.m., Fifth Third Arena

• VOLLEYBALL ($5 adults, $3 ages 12 and under)

Saturday, Nov. 14: UC vs. Connecticut, 2 p.m., Fifth Third Arena

Sunday, Nov. 15: UC vs. St. John's, 2 p.m., Fifth Third Arena


Saturday, Nov. 14: NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Bloomington, Ind.