2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 51-24 vs. Florida
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #8
2009 record 12–1 (7–0 Big East)
Head coach Brian Kelly[1]
Jeff Quinn (Sugar Bowl)
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Cincinnati   7 0         12 1  
#25 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
#15 Pittsburgh   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers   3 4         9 4  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   1 6         4 8  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium.

The 2009 season was arguably the best in Cincinnati's 125-year football history. The Bearcats won a school-record 12 games and finished the regular season fourth in both major media polls, their highest ranking ever. They won their second consecutive Big East Conference championship and played in their second consecutive Bowl Championship Series game, the Sugar Bowl vs Florida. It was also the second BCS bowl appearance in school history.

The Bearcats finished third in the 2009 Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Bearcats became the first team from a BCS conference to finish the regular season unbeaten and be left out of the BCS Championship Game since Auburn in 2004. However, had Texas lost the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game, the Bearcats would have had a realistic shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, since they would have been one of only two undefeated teams left from an AQ conference.

Head coach Brian Kelly resigned at the end of the regular season to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame. Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn coached the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. Butch Jones began coaching the team in 2010.

The Bearcats were defeated by Florida 51–24 in the Sugar Bowl to end their undefeated season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 4:00 PM at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 47–15   53,737[2]
September 12 7:30 PM Southeast Missouri State* #23 Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH FSN Ohio W 70–3   30,421[3]
September 19 6:45 PM at #24 Oregon State* #17 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FSN W 28–18   41,909[4]
September 26 12:00 PM Fresno State* #14 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Whiteout Game) ESPN+ W 28–20   32,910[5]
October 3 1:00 PM at Miami (OH)* #10 Yager StadiumOxford, OH (Victory Bell) ESPN360 W 37–13   23,493[6]
October 15 7:30 PM at #21 South Florida #8 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN W 34–17   63,976[7]
October 24 3:30 PM Louisvilledagger #5 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Keg of Nails) ESPNU W 41–10   35,099[8]
October 31 12:00 PM at Syracuse #5 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPNU W 28–7   33,802[9]
November 7 8:00 PM Connecticut #5 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Blackout Game) ABC W 47–45   35,100[10]
November 13 8:00 PM #23 West Virginia #5 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Ring of Red Game) ESPN2 W 24–21   35,105[11]
November 27 12:00 PM Illinois* #5 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ABC W 49–36   35,106[12]
December 5 12:00 PM at #15 Pittsburgh #5 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (River City Rivalry) ABC W 45–44   63,387[13]
January 1 8:30 PM vs. #5 Florida #4 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) FOX L 24-51   65,207[14]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP -- 23 17 14 10 8 8 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 8
Coaches -- 23 21 15 11 10 9 6 7 7 5 5 5 5 4 9
Harris Not released 10 9 8 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4
BCS Not released 5 8 5 5 5 5 5 3

Game summaries[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Pittsburgh
1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 10 7 21 45
Pittsburgh 7 24 0 13 44

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Date: December 5
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Flurries, 30°F
  • Game attendance: 63,387
  • Referee: Gerard McGinn
  • TV: ABC
  • Recap

References[edit]

  1. ^ Left to become head coach at Notre Dame on December 12, 2009, which means offensive coordinator will take over for the bowl game.
  2. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Southeast Missouri State Redhawks vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Oregon State Beavers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Cincinnati Bearcuts Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. South Florida Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Syracuse Orange Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Florida Gators Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.