Facts & Stats for Bearcats Season Opener

As we count the days down to Eastern Michigan, Tim Adams breaksdown several numbers and facts UC fans should keep in mind.

-Thursday's meeting between UC and Eastern Michigan will be the first time these two schools have played in football.

-Only two other Division IA schools return fewer starters than Cincinnati‘s eight-Navy with six and Marshall with seven.

-The first 5,000 fans will receive a Big East commemorative Bearcat bobble head.

-The Bearcats will be starting their 118th football season, the fifth oldest Division IA program.

-The Bearcats have won 5 of their last 6 home openers. Purdue beat the Bearcats 19-14 in 2001. The last time the Bearcats opened on September 1st was in 2003 when they crushed East Carolina 40-3.

-Athlon magazine ranked Mark Dantonio #3 among new Division IA head coaches last season. He trailed only Mike Price of UTEP and Bobby Ross at Army. Jeff Genyk of Eastern Michigan was ranked right behind Dantonio at #4.

-Genyk's spread offense lifted the Eagles from being ranked 116th in total offense to 21st last year.

-EMU's placekicker, Andrew Wellock, has impressive credentials. The junior was 21 of 23 in field goal tries last season and currently has the MAC career record for accuracy by hitting 35 of 40 for a 91% average. He was runner-up to Mike Nugent last year for the Lou Groza Award. The Associated Press selected Wellock as a 3rd team All-American last season. We do not want this guy to have a chance to win the game at the end.

-Cincinnati has a career record of 81-91-11 against teams that are currently in the MAC.

-When Cincinnati played in the MAC from 1947 to 1952, the Bearcats won five titles and finished in second place the other season.

-Although UC's records before World War II are incomplete, it appears Dustin Grutza will be the first freshman to open the season at quarterback.

-Steve Eastlake will be starting his 25th consecutive game at left tackle.

-The new scoreboard features a 19' by 53' video board with over twice the display area of the previous board. This board also has a team statistics panel and a 8' by 83' message center. Last Thursday at practice, they were showing the movie "Friday Night Lights" on the scoreboard. It was like being at a drive-in.

-The road opener at Penn State on September 10 will be televised locally by WXIX-TV 19 and be a part of the ESPN Plus package.

-UC offensive coordinator, Don Treadwell, coached with EMU's defensive coordinator, Jay Peterson, at Miami of Ohio in the 1990's.

-Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan only minutes away from Ann Arbor.

-Most publications pick the Eagles to finish 3rd in the MAC West Division behind Northern Illinois and Toledo.

-Coach Genyk claims his group of receivers at EMU are better than any group he had as an assistant at Northwestern. The top receiver is 6' 4" junior Eric Deslauriers (#19) who caught 84 balls last year for 1,257 yards and 13 TD's. Deslauriers has been named to the 2005 Biletnikoff Award Watch list. His height alone could cause the Bearcats some problems.

-Quarterback #11 Matt Bohnet (6‘ 3", 230 lbs.), an Iowa transfer, may have his brother Ken (#16) as one of his targets. Ken was moved to TE from quarterback.

-Despite averaging 428 yards a game last season, the Eagles' offense scored only 29.8 points a game. Like many spread offenses, they struggled in the red zone.

-EMU ranked 115th out of 118 schools in pass defense last year.

-Eastern Michigan has only 15 seniors.

-The Eagles have no players from Cincinnati.

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