2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
PapaJohns.com Bowl Champions
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #20
AP #17
2007 record 10–3 (4–3 Big East)
Head coach Brian Kelly
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn
Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 West Virginia §   5 2         11 2  
#25 Connecticut §   5 2         9 4  
#17 Cincinnati   4 3         10 3  
South Florida   4 3         9 4  
Rutgers   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   3 4         6 6  
Pittsburgh   3 4         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         2 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium, as it has since 1923. This was Kelly's first complete season with the Bearcats, having coached them to a 27–24 win against Western Michigan in the 2007 International Bowl.

The 2007 season was a breakthrough for Cincinnati football, as it saw the Bearcats break into the national rankings for the first time since 1954. The Bearcats' highest rank of their 2007 campaign was 15th in the AP Top 25.

Before the season[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri State* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPN360 W 59–3   20,223[1]
September 6 7:30 p.m. Oregon State* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN W 34–3   25,020[1]
September 15 12:00 p.m. at Miami (OH)* Yager StadiumOxford, OH (Victory Bell) ESPN+ W 47–10   22,421[1]
September 22 7:30 p.m. Marshall* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN+ W 40–14   35,097[1]
September 29 10:00 p.m. at San Diego State* Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA Versus W 52–23   24,647[1]
October 6 8:00 p.m. at #21 Rutgers #24 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN2 W 28–23   43,768[1]
October 13 7:00 p.m. Louisvilledagger #17 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (The Keg of Nails) ESPNU L 28–24   35,097[1]
October 20 12:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh #23 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (River City Rivalry) ESPN+ L 24–17   33,423[1]
November 3 3:30 p.m at #21 South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ABC/ESPN W 38-33   57,379[1]
November 10 3:30 p.m. #16 Connecticut Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPNU W 27-3   30,943[1]
November 17 7:45 p.m. #5 West Virginia #25 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN L 28-23   35,097[1]
November 24 7:15 p.m. at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPNU W 52-31   30,040[1]
December 22 1:00 p.m. vs. Southern Mississippi* #23 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Papajohns.com Bowl) ESPN2 W 31-21   35,258[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

(as of October 16, 2007)

Wide Receivers

  •  1 Mardy Gilyard - Junior
  •  2 David Wess - Junior
  • 14 Earnest Jackson - Senior
  • 16 Dominick Goodman - Junior
  • 24 Jared Martin - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 33 Kurt Shoemaker - Junior
  • 38 Tomaz Hilton - Freshman
  • 81 Antwuan Giddens - Senior
  • 82 Joey Thomas - Freshman
  • 84 Orion Woodard - Freshman
  • 85 Marcus Barnett - Redshirt Freshman
  • 86 Armon Binns - Freshman
  • 87 Charley Howard - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 88 Adrien Robinson - Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 56 Chris Jurek - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 59 Alex Hoffman - Freshman
  • 60 Jason Kelce - Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Blake McCroskey - Freshman
  • 64 Chris Flores - Senior
  • 65 T.J. Franklin - Freshman
  • 66 Sam Griffin - Freshman
  • 68 Craig Parmenter - Freshman
  • 69 Frank Becker - Freshman
  • 70 C. J. Cobb - Redshirt Freshman
  • 71 Jeff Linkenbach - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 72 Digger Bujnoch - Senior
  • 73 Mario Duenas - Senior
  • 74 Ken Rodriguez - Senior
  • 76 Trevor Canfield - Junior
  • 78 Taylor Porter - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 79 Khalil El-Amin - Junior

Tight Ends

  • 19 Ben Guidugli - Redshirt Freshman
  • 34 Nick DeFilippo - Junior
  • 35 Marcus Waugh - Sophomore
  • 83 Kazeem Alli - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 89 Connor Barwin - Junior

Fullbacks

  • 86 Doug Jones - Senior
 

Quarterbacks

  •  4 Dustin Grutza - Junior
  •  7 Craig Carey - Sophomore
  •  8 Chazz Anderson - Freshman
  •  9 Ben Mauk - Senior
  • 12 Zach Collaros - Freshman
  • 15 Tony Pike - Redshirt Sophomore

Running Backs

  •  5 Mike Daniels - Senior
  • 11 Bradley Glatthaar - Senior
  • 20 Jacob Ramsey - Sophomore
  • 22 John Goebel - Sophomore
  • 23 Butler Benton - Senior
  • 32 Montez Patterson - Freshman
  • 48 Greg Moore - Senior

Defensive Line

  • 10 Lamonte Nelms - Junior
  • 12 Anthony Hoke - Senior
  • 40 John Hughes - Freshman
  • 53 Randy Martinez - Freshman
  • 54 Jon Newton - Senior
  • 67 Adam Hoppel - Junior
  • 75 Thomas Claggett - Junior
  • 82 Angelo Craig - Senior
  • 90 Ricardo Mathews - Sophomore
  • 91 Tyler Clifford - Sophomore
  • 94 Rob Trigg - Freshman
  • 95 Terrill Byrd - Junior
  • 98 Ralston Reeves - Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Chris Harrison - Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  •  3 Delbert Ferguson - Junior
  •  9 Alex Delisi - Redshirt Freshman
  • 31 Jon Carpenter - Senior
  • 37 Anthony Williams - Senior
  • 42 Corey Smith - Junior
  • 43 Robby Armstrong - Redshirt Freshman
  • 45 Ryan Manalac - Junior
  • 47 Collin McCafferty - Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Torry Cornett - Junior
  • 50 Andre Revels - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 52 Ricardo Thompson - Freshman
  • 55 Leo Morgan - Senior
  • 57 Obadiah Cheatham - Redshirt Freshman

Defensive Backs

  •  4 Drew Frey - Freshman
  •  6 DeAngelo Smith - Junior
  • 13 Haruki Nakamura - Senior
  • 17 Aaron Webster - Sophomore
  • 17 Bryant Thomas - Freshman
  • 18 Cedric Tolbert - Junior
  • 21 Mike Mickens - Junior
  • 25 Brad Jones - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 26 Martez Williams - Redshirt Freshman
  • 32 Justin Moore - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 36 Jason Whitehead - Sophomore
  • 37 Deon Reed - Freshman
  • 39 Mike Latessa - Freshman
  • 41 Tahree McQueen - Freshman
  • 44 Evan Sparks - Senior
  • 46 Scott Johnson - Freshman

Punters

  • 47 Kevin Huber - Junior
  • 61 Micheal Cooke - Freshman

Kickers

  • 92 Brandon Yingling - Junior
  • 97 Jake Rogers - Redshirt Freshman

Deep Snapper

  • 51 Alex Apyan - Freshman
  • 93 Mike Windt - Redshirt Freshman
  • 96 Tom DeTemple - Freshman
† Starter at position     * Injured; will not play in 2007.

Coaching staff[edit]

Brian Kelly - Head Coach

Keith Gilmore - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line

Jeff Quinn - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Joe Tresey - Defensive Coordinator

Kerry Coombs - Defensive Backs Coach

Mike Elston - Recruiting/Special Teams/Tight Ends

Greg Forest - Quarterbacks Coach

Tim Hinton - Linebackers Coach

Ernest Jones - Running Backs Coach

Charley Molnar - Wide Receivers Coach

John Widecan - Assistant AD/Football Operations

Brad Bury - Student Assistant

Paul Longo - Strength and Conditioning

Jesse Minter - Defensive Graduate Assistant

Michael Painter - Offensive Staff Intern

Adam Shorter - Offensive Graduate Assistant

Marty Spieler - Defensive Staff Intern

Erin Clayton - Administrative Assistant

Jacob Flint - Assistant Strength Coach

Maria Gruber - Administrative Coordinator

Matt Louis - Administrative Coordinator

John Sells - Video Coordinator

Game notes[edit]

Southeast Missouri State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SE Missouri State 0 3 0 0 3
Cincinnati 6 13 20 20 59

The games was the first regular season game for new coach, Brian Kelly. The Bearcats' 59-3 victory was the most lopsided in school history since beating Louisiana-Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana, 63-0 in 1977. The Bearcats' 615 yards was the third most in school history.[2]


Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon State 0 3 0 0 3
Cincinnati 3 7 24 0 34


Miami University[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 16 10 7 14 47
Miami University 0 3 7 0 10
After the game UC’s band plays in front of the scoreboard showing the final score

Dustin Grutza, who started in place of the injured UC quarterback Ben Mauk threw for two scores to lead the Bearcats to a 47-10 win over the Miami RedHawks. UC defense dominated the game with a fumble recovery, three interceptions, a blocked punt, and five sacks.[3]

Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Marshall 2 6 0 6 14
Cincinnati 12 14 0 14 40


San Diego State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 28 7 10 52
San Diego State 3 7 0 13 23


Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 0 21 0 28
Rutgers 7 10 3 3 23


Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisville 7 7 7 7 28
Cincinnati 14 0 7 3 24


Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 10 7 0 0 17
Pittsburgh 3 7 3 11 24


South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 31 7 0 0 38
South Florida 14 6 7 6 33


The 31 points scored in the first quarter is a Cincinnati record for most number of points scored in a single quarter.

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Connecticut 0 3 0 0 3
Cincinnati 13 0 7 7 27


West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
West Virginia 7 14 0 7 28
Cincinnati 7 3 0 13 23


Cincinnati came into the game predicted by some to upset the mountaineers. However, for the majority of the game West Virginia used their punishing ground attack to build a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, after a costly fumble leading to another West Virginia touchdown, the Bearcats rallied. Their defense force two fumbles and a punt by the Mountaineers, and the offense cashed in with two touchdowns. After UC's second touchdown and a failed two-point conversion, West Virginia recovered an onside kick attempt and managed to run out the clock, handing the Bearcats their third loss.

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 14 14 14 10 52
Syracuse 3 14 14 0 31


PapaJohns.com Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Southern Miss 7 0 7 7 21
Cincinnati 0 14 17 0 31

. The Cincinnati Bearcats led by Quarterback Ben Mauk ended Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower's 17 year tenure as head coach at Southern Miss in losing fashion, 31-21. Mauk went 30-52 for 334 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Mauk became the 3rd player in Cincinnati history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. His favorite target was Dominick Goodman who caught 7 passes for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense was led by DeAngelo Smith who had a whopping 3 interceptions. For Southern Miss, Jeremy Young went 18-32 for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns, but 3 interceptions. Damion Fletcher led the team in rushing and receiving, with 155 yards on 29 carries on the ground and 7 catches for 50 yards through the air. Southern Miss jumped to an early 7-0 lead on a 10-yard pass from Young to Shawn Nelson in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Cincinnati struck back when Mauk threw both touchdown passes to Goodman to end the half. In the 3rd quarter Mauk hooked up with Ernest Jackson for 29 yards and a touchdown to make it 21-7 in favor of the Bearcats. Young then had a 1-yard run with 6:48 to play in the 3rd to make it 21-14. Cincinnati then pulled away when Mauk hit Antwuan Giddens for his last touchdown. A field goal by Jake Rogers made it 31-14 Bearcats, and they never looked back. [4]

After the season[edit]

Comments[edit]

Awards[edit]

Brian Kelly - Big East Coach of the Year

Terrill Byrd - All-American Defensive Tackle

Kevin Huber - All-American Punter

Mike Mickens - All-American Cornerback

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cumulative Season Statistics". University of Cincinnati. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (January 1, 2007). "Bearcats 59, Indians 3". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (September 15, 2007). "Cincinnati 47, Miami (Ohio) 10". ESPN. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (December 22, 2007). "Mauk, Bearcats spoil Bower's final game at Southern Miss". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2007.