2012 Belk Bowl

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2012 Belk Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 3 14 10 21 48
Duke 16 0 8 10 34
Date December 27, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Bank of America Stadium
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Favorite Cincinnati by 11[1]
Referee Matt Austin (SEC)
Attendance 48,128
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Mike Patrick (Play-by-play)
Ed Cunningham (Analyst)
Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)
Belk Bowl
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The 2012 Belk Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 27, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. The eleventh edition of the Belk Bowl began at 6:30 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. It featured the Duke Blue Devils from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against the Big East Conference co-champion Cincinnati Bearcats, and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Bearcats accepted their invitation after achieving a 9–3 record in the regular season, while the Blue Devils accepted theirs after achieving a 6–6 record. This was the first Belk Bowl for both teams.

Teams[edit]

This was the first meeting between these two teams.

Duke[edit]

The Blue Devils are coming off their best season in almost twenty years; despite finishing fifth in the ACC Coastal Division standings with a 3–5 record, the ACC's lack of bowl-eligible teams enabled the Blue Devils to accept their invitation to the 2012 Belk Bowl.

This will be the Blue Devils' first bowl game since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl, in which they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 34–20.

Cincinnati[edit]

The Bearcats finished in a four-way tie for the Big East title with a 5–2 conference record (holding the tiebreaker over the Syracuse Orange but behind the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Louisville Cardinals). After defeating the Connecticut Huskies in their season finale, the Bearcats accepted an invitation to the 2012 Belk Bowl.[2] On Friday, December 7, 2012, Head Coach Butch Jones resigned from the University of Cincinnati to accept the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee. Assistant head coach Steve Stripling coached the Bearcats in the bowl game.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Cincinnati Duke
1 11:48 8 79 3:12 Duke Brandon Connette 5-yard touchdown run, Ross Martin kick blocked 0 6
1 6:12 11 44 3:38 Duke 33-yard field goal by Ross Martin 0 9
1 4:45 3 1 1:27 Duke Team punt blocked by Tony Foster recovered for a touchdown 0 16
1 1:43 7 50 3:02 Cincy 45-yard field goal by Tony Miliano 3 16
2 4:02 5 54 2:08 Cincy Anthony McClung 25-yard touchdown reception from Brendon Kay, Tony Miliano kick good 10 16
2 0:42 6 98 1:46 Cincy Ralph Abernathy 41-yard touchdown reception from Brendon Kay, Tony Miliano kick good 17 16
3 10:02 8 70 4:58 Cincy 27-yard field goal by Tony Miliano 20 16
3 7:41 2 60 0:41 Cincy George Winn 46-yard touchdown run, Tony Miliano kick good 27 16
3 3:00 11 86 4:41 Duke Conner Vernon 10-yard touchdown reception from Sean Renfree, 2-point Sean Renfree pass to Isaac Blakeney good 27 24
4 12:45 9 68 3:09 Duke David Reeves 2-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Connette, Ross Martin kick good 27 31
4 11:19 4 77 1:26 Cincy Chris Moore 25-yard touchdown reception from Brendon Kay, Tony Miliano kick good 34 31
4 7:24 10 46 3:55 Duke 52-yard field goal by Ross Martin 34 34
4 0:44 4 94 0:48 Cincy Travis Kelce 83-yard touchdown reception from Brendon Kay, Tony Miliano kick good 41 34
4 0:14 - - - Cincy Interception returned 55 yards for touchdown by Nick Temple, Tony Miliano kick good 48 34
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. Cincinnati Duke

Statistics[edit]

Statistics CIN DUKE
First Downs 18 36
Total offense, plays - yards 53–554 89–560
Rushes-yards (net) 28-222 39-200
Passing yards (net) 332 360
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 17-25-0 38-50-2
Time of Possession 26:18 33:42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2012
  2. ^ "Football Accepts Bid To Belk Bowl". Cincinnati Bearcats. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.