2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East Champions
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #17
AP #17
2008 record 11-3 (6-1 Big East)
Head coach Brian Kelly
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn
Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Cincinnati   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
#23 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
Rutgers   5 2         8 5  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   2 5         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2008 NCAA Division I-BS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its homes game in Nippert Stadium. Kelly was in his second full season with the Bearcats after coaching them to a 31–21 win against Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl. On Friday, November 28, 2008, the Bearcats clinched a share of the Big East Conference title for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005. With a victory over Syracuse on November 29, 2008 the Bearcats became the outright football champions of the Big East and set a record with an average attendance of 31,964. After a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech in the 2009 Orange Bowl, the Bearcats finished 17th in the AP Top 25 for the second consecutive year.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 7:30 PM Eastern Kentucky* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH W 40–7   26,913
September 6 2:35 PM at #4 Oklahoma* Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC L 26–52   84,476
September 20 7:30 PM Miami (OH)* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Battle for the Victory Bell) ESPN360 W 45–20   31,629
September 27 7:30 PM at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, OH FSN Ohio W 17–15   16,927
October 3 8:00 PM at Marshall* Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN W 33–10   29,237
October 11 12:00 PM Rutgersdagger Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH Big East Network W 13–10   32,370
October 25 12:00 PM at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT Big East Network L 16–40   40,000
October 30 7:45 PM #23 South Florida Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN W 24–10   31,175
November 8 7:00 PM at #20 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPNU W 26–23 OT  59,834
November 14 8:00 PM at Louisville #22 Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Battle for the Keg of Nails) ESPN2 W 28–20   37,822
November 22 7:15 PM #20 Pittsburgh #19 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (River City Rivalry) ESPN2 W 28–21   35,098
November 29 12:00 PM Syracuse #16 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH Big East Network W 30–10   34,603
December 6 11:30 PM at Hawaiʻi* #13 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN2 W 29–24   40,549
January 1 8:00 PM #19 Virginia Tech* #12 Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (2009 FedEx Orange Bowl) FOX L 7–20   73,602
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source: 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football schedule

Game summaries[edit]

Eastern Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Kentucky 0 0 7 0 7
Cincinnati 6 20 14 0 40

[1]


Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 0 13 7 6 26
#4 Oklahoma 14 7 21 10 52

[2]


Miami[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 0 13 7 0 20
Cincinnati 10 14 14 7 45

[3]


Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 0 7 3 17
Akron 3 6 0 6 15

[4]


Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 2 14 10 7 33
Marshall 0 3 7 0 10

[5]


Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rutgers 0 0 10 0 10
Cincinnati 3 7 3 0 13

[6]


Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 10 3 3 0 16
Connecticut 10 0 10 20 40

[7]


South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 South Florida 7 0 3 0 10
Cincinnati 10 7 0 7 24

[8]


West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cincinnati 13 7 0 0 6 26
#20 West Virginia 7 0 0 13 3 23

[9]


Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Cincinnati 7 7 7 7 28
Louisville 7 10 3 0 20

[10]


Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Pittsburgh 7 0 0 14 21
#19 Cincinnati 0 14 7 7 28

[11]


Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 0 3 0 7 10
#16 Cincinnati 7 6 10 7 30


Hawaii[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Cincinnati 3 7 0 19 29
Hawaii 0 3 14 7 24


Virginia Tech[edit]

Main article: 2009 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Cincinnati 7 0 0 0 7
#21 Virginia Tech 0 10 3 7 20


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern Kentucky vs Cincinnati (Aug 28, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Oklahoma vs Cincinnati (Sept 6, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Miami vs Cincinnati (Sept 17, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Akron vs Cincinnati (Sept 27, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Marshall vs Cincinnati (Oct 3, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Cincinnati vs Rutgers (Oct 11, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Connecticut vs Cincinnati (Oct 25, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Cincinnati vs South Florida (Oct 30, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  9. ^ "West Virginia vs Cincinnati (Nov 7, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Louisville vs Cincinnati (Nov 14, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati (Nov 22, 2008)". University of Cincinnati Sports Information. Retrieved November 23, 2008.