Week 3: Cincinnati

Pack Pride previews NC State's upcoming opponent, Cincinnati. The Bearcats feature a dynamic quarterback who leads an explosive offensive attack.

Cincinnati Game Notes

THE BASICS ...
* The University of Cincinnati is in its 123rd football season with an all-time record of 548-543-51 (.502).
* Cincinnati (1885) is one of the five oldest programs in college football along with Rutgers (1869), Michigan (1879), Navy (1880), and Minnesota (1883).
* Cincinnati won its second straight BIG EAST Conference title in 2009, earning the league's BCS bowl bid for the second time.
* Head coach Butch Jones enters his first season with the Bearcats after going 27-13 with two Mid-American Conference Championships in three years at Central Michigan University.
* UC returns 13 starters from the 2009 squad, including all- league selections Armon Binns (WR), Ben Guidugli (TE), Alex Hoffman (OL), and Jason Kelce (OL).
* The defense returns four of its top six tacklers from 2009, including LB JK Schaffer (100 tackles), DB Drew Frey (64 tackles, 2 INT), DB Dominique Battle (60 tackles, 2 INT), and LB Walter Stewart (59 tackles, 8 TFL, 4.5 sacks).

A NEW CHALLENGE ...
UC will play its first three games of the season in 12 days. After battling Fresno State on Sept. 4, the Bearcats opened the home schedule against Indiana State on Sept. 11 before a quick turnaround to play at NC State on Sept. 16.

GROUND POUNDERS ...
* Cincinnati finished the 40-7 win over Indiana State with 263 rushing yards, the most since the Bearcats tallied 263 rushing yards against San Diego State on Sept. 29, 2007.
* For the first time since 2008, the ground game outgained the passing game.
* In a road game at Marshall on Oct. 3, 2008, UC rushed for 203 yards while passing for 158.
* The game was backup QB Chazz Anderson's first start at UC and a 33-10 win for the Bearcats.
* UC passed for 130 yards against the Sycamores, it's lowest passing output in a game since Oct. 22, 2006 when the Bearcats recorded 105 yards passing in a 23-6 win over USF.

INDIANA STATE GAME BALLS ...
* Head coach Butch Jones presented a game ball to UC President Gregory Williams in the locker room following the win over Indiana State.
* Following that, director of athletics Mike Thomas and the team captains presented Coach Jones with a game ball in recognition of his first win at UC.

CAVALCADE OF qB'S AT NIPPERT ...
* QB Zach Collaros became the fourth different QB to start the home opener at Nippert in the past four seasons. Collaros (2010) followed Tony Pike (2009), Dustin Grutza (2008), and Ben Mauk (2007).

SUPER SUB ...
* Darrin Williams, who started at RB in place of Isaiah Pead who had knee swelling, finished the Indiana State game with a career-high 117 yards rushing on 13 carries.
* Pead was the last UC player to rush for more than 100 yards in a game (vs. West Virginia on 11/13/09).

ROGERS NEARS TOP OF SCORING CHARTS ...
* Kicker Jacob Rogers enters the 2010 season in striking distance of UC's all-time scoring record.
* Rogers sits second with 278 career points, trailing only Jonathan Ruffin (1999-2002) who tops the list with 315 points scored.
* Rogers already holds the school marks for extra points made (155) and extra points attempted (158), and he sits second in PAT percentage (.980), points scored by kicking (276), and third in field goals made (41).

FROM FULLBACK TO LINEBACKER ...
* Colin Lozier, who started fall camp at fullback, made the move to linebacker in the last week of August.
* He recorded his first career tackle against Indiana State and finished the game with a career-high four stops.

DYNAMIC DUO RETURNS ...
* Senior WR Armon Binns recorded his first touchdown of the season on a 16-yard pass from Zach Collaros in the second quarter against Indiana State.
* Binns recorded his second touchdown in the third quarter, a 29-yard reception from Collaros.
* Over the past two seasons, Collaros has found a knack for finding Binns as the pair have connected for six scores. f Binns, who just cracked 1,000 receiving yards for his career entered last season, his junior year, having caught only two balls for 19 yards.

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF ...
* LB JK Schaffer, UC's leading returning tackler entering 2010 (100 tackles in 2009), leads the squad with 16 tackles through two games. f He tallied a season-best nine stops along with a tackle for loss and pass break up against Indiana State.

REDEEMED ...
* John Goebel, who missed a good portion of the 2009 season due to injury, recorded his first touchdown since Nov. 29, 2008 (Syracuse) when he scored on a 3-yard rush in the third quarter against Indiana State.
* It was the eighth rushing touchdown of his career and came after a 28-yard gain on the previous play.
* He later scored on a 1-yard scamper after a Reuben Haley fumble recovery, giving the senior his first multiple touchdown game since Sept. 20, 2008 when he recorded two touchdowns against Miami (OH).

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ...
* Backup safety Pat Lambert has made the most of his playing time in 2010.
* Against Indiana State, the sophomore finished with a career-high six tackles and in the opener at Fresno State, he recorded his first career interception.

MEETING EXPECTATIONS ...
* Much was expected of sophomore LB Maalik Bomar entering the 2010 season, his first as a starter.
* Through a pair of games, the sophomore has produced, ranking third on the team with nine tackles.
* He leads the squad with 3.0 tackles for a loss and recorded his first career sack, a 7-yard loss, against Indiana State.

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