2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East co-champion
Belk Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Belk Bowl, W 48–34 vs. Duke
Conference Big East Conference
2012 record 10–3 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Butch Jones (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator John Jancek (3rd year)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Louisville $+   5 2         11 2  
Cincinnati +   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers +   5 2         9 4  
Syracuse +   5 2         8 5  
Pittsburgh   3 4         6 7  
Connecticut   2 5         5 7  
Temple   2 5         4 7  
South Florida   1 6         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats, led by third year head coach Butch Jones, played their home games at Nippert Stadium and were a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 5–2 in Big East play to finish in a four way tie for the conference championship. Along with Rutgers, Louisville, and Syracuse, the Bearcats were the final football champions of the Big East Football Conference, as the league's original incarnation folded following the loss of the three former programs and others to different conferences. Cincinnati would become a charter member of the American Athletic Conference the following season. They were invited to the Belk Bowl where they defeated Duke.

At the end of the regular season, head coach Butch Jones resigned to take the same position at Tennessee. Defensive line coach Steve Stripling was named the interim head coach for the Belk Bowl.

Roster[edit]

2012 Cincinnati Bearcats

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Offensive Line

 

Quarterback

Tight End

Defensive Line

Defensive Back

  • 2 Trenier Orr - Redshirt Freshman
  • 8 Adrian Witty - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 9 Dominique Battle - Reshirt Senior
  • 11 Deven Drane - Junior
  • 13 Pat Lambert - Redshirt Senior
  • 17 Malcolm Murray - Senior
  • 20 Chris Williams - Senior
  • 21 Camerron Cheatham - Reshirt Senior
  • 25 Arryn Chenault - Junior
  • 26 Drew Frey - Reshirt Senior
  • 27 Drake Bruns - Freshman
  • 29 Andre Jones - Freshman
  • 30 Aaron Roberson - Senior
  • 35 Dylan Coombs - Freshman
  • 36 Marcus Foster - Freshman
  • 39 Demitri Beal - Reshirt Sophomore
  • 40 Kevin Brown - Freshman
  • 48 Breon Mapp - Junior
 

Linebacker

  • 4 Maalik Bomar - Senior
  • 10 Jordan Luallen - Redshirt Junior
  • 33 Solomon Tentman - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 37 Joey Jones - Freshman
  • 38 Mason Antoun - Redshirt Freshman
  • 41 Kevin Hyland - Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Corey Griffin - Freshman
  • 43 Nick Temple - Sophomore
  • 44 Corey Mason - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 45 Ey'Shawn McClain - Freshman
  • 46 Devin Bruns - Freshman
  • 47 Colin Lozier - Senior
  • 48 Jeff Luc - Junior
  • 50 Innocent Macha - Sophomore
  • 51 Greg Blair - Senior
  • 53 Franklin Bruscianelli - Freshman
  • 57 Clemente Casseus - Freshman

Special Teams

  • 14 Tony Miliano - Redshirt Sophomore (K)
  • 61 Kirk Willis - Redshirt Freshman (LS)
  • 24 John Lloyd - Sophomore Sophomore (P)
  • 34 Pat O'Donnell - Junior (P)
  • 35 Eric Ernst - Redshirt Freshman (P)

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

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Depth chart[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 8:00 PM Pittsburgh Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH (River City Rivalry) ESPN W 34–10   33,562
September 15 7:00 PM Delaware State* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN3 W 23–7   27,112
September 29 3:30 PM vs. Virginia Tech* FedEx FieldLandover, MD ESPNU W 27–24   46,026
October 6 7:00 PM Miami (OH)*dagger Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (117th Battle for the Victory Bell) FS Ohio W 52–14   35,097
October 13 7:00 PM Fordham* No. 21 Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN3 W 49–17   26,317
October 20 7:00 PM at Toledo* No. 21 Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPN3 L 23−29   24,124
October 26 8:00 PM at No. 16 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Keg of Nails) ESPN L 31–34 OT  53,271
November 3 12:00 PM Syracuse Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH Big East Network W 35–24   26,180
November 10 12:00 PM at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA Big East Network W 34–10   20,192
November 17 12:00 PM No. 22 Rutgers Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH Big East Network L 3–10   34,526
November 23 7:00 PM South Florida Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN W 27–10   21,171
December 1 3:30 PM at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ABC W 34–17   33,112
December 27 6:30 PM vs. Duke* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Belk Bowl) ESPN W 48–34   48,128
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 3 7 10
Bearcats 14 3 7 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–8 2011 CIN, 26–23

Delaware State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 0 0 7 7
Bearcats 13 7 0 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 0 7 0 17 24
Bearcats 3 3 7 14 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 2009 VT, 20–7

Miami (OH)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 6 8 0 0 14
Bearcats 14 10 21 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–59–7 2011 CIN, 27–0

Fordham[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 3 8 3 17
Bearcats 14 0 21 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

@ Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bearcats 0 13 7 3 23
Rockets 10 6 10 3 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2001 TOL, 23–16

@ Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bearcats 10 7 7 7 0 31
#14 Cardinals 7 7 3 14 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–20–1 2011 CIN, 25–16

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 10 7 7 0 24
Bearcats 7 7 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 2011 CIN, 30–13

@ Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 14 10 7 3 34
Owls 3 0 7 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–9–1 2003 CIN, 30–24

Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 7 0 3 10
Bearcats 0 0 0 3 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–8-1 2011 RUT, 10–3

South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 0 3 7 10
Bearcats 7 6 7 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 2011 CIN, 37–34

@ Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 7 7 13 34
Huskies 0 10 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2011 CIN, 35–27

Duke–Belk Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 3 14 10 21 48
Blue Devils 16 0 8 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1st Meeting

The Bearcats made their first ever appearance in the Belk Bowl and their first ever meeting with Duke. The Blue Devils raced out to an early 16-0 lead in the first quarter after a punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. The Bearcats then scored 27 unanswered points capped off by a 46 yard touchdown run by George Winn. The Blue Devils then scored back to back touchdowns to take a 31-27 lead. The Bearcats retook the lead with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Brendan Kay to Chris Moore. The Blue Devils then tied the game with a 52 yard field goal and the game seemed headed to overtime. With under a minute to play TE Travis Kelce took a short pass from Kay and broke several would be tackles in racing 83 yards for the winning score. Insult was added to injury when Nick Temple stripped the ball from Duke QB Sean Renfree and dashed 55 yards with the stolen loaf for a score as time expired. The 48 points is the most points scored by the Bearcats in a bowl game, their largest margin of victory in a bowl game since 1997 and to date their most recent bowl win. The win gave the Bearcats their 4th 10 win season in the past five years. |}

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
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NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV NR RV RV RV 21 21 RV RV NR NR RV RV RV RV 
Coaches' RV RV RV RV RV 23 20 18 RV RV NR RV RV RV RV 22 
Harris Not released 20 18 RV RV NR RV RV RV RV Not released 
BCS Not released 21 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


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