2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team
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.
|2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football|
PapaJohns.com Bowl champion
|2007 record||10–3 (4–3 Big East)|
|Head coach||Brian Kelly (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Jeff Quinn (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Joe Tresey (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Nippert Stadium|
|2007 Big East football standings|
|No. 6 West Virginia $+||5||–||2||11||–||2|
|No. 17 Cincinnati||4||–||3||10||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
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.
|August 30||7:00 p.m.||Southeast Missouri State*||ESPN360||W 59–3||20,223|
|September 6||7:30 p.m.||Oregon State*||ESPN||W 34–3||25,020|
|September 15||12:00 p.m.||at Miami (OH)*||ESPN+||W 47–10||22,421|
|September 22||7:30 p.m.||Marshall*||ESPN+||W 40–14||35,097|
|September 29||10:00 p.m.||at San Diego State*||No. 24||Versus||W 52–23||24,647|
|October 6||8:00 p.m.||at No. 21 Rutgers||No. 20||ESPN2||W 28–23||43,768|
|October 13||7:00 p.m.||Louisville||No. 15||ESPNU||L 24–28||35,097|
|October 20||12:00 p.m.||at Pittsburgh||No. 23||ESPN+||L 17–24||33,423|
|November 3||3:30 p.m||at No. 20 South Florida||ABC/ESPN||W 38–33||57,379|
|November 10||3:30 p.m.||No. 16 Connecticut||ESPNU||W 27–3||30,943|
|November 17||7:45 p.m.||No. 5 West Virginia||No. 21||ESPN||L 23–28||35,097|
|November 24||7:15 p.m.||at Syracuse||No. 24||ESPNU||W 52–31||30,040|
|December 22||1:00 p.m.||vs. Southern Mississippi*||No. 20||ESPN2||W 31–21||35,258|
|(as of October 16, 2007)|
|† Starter at position * Injured; will not play in 2007.|
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
Southeast Missouri StateEdit
|SE Missouri State||0||3||0||0||3|
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.
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.
San Diego StateEdit
|San Diego State||3||7||0||13||23|
The 31 points scored in the first quarter is a Cincinnati record for most points scored in a single quarter.
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.
. 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. 
Awards and milestonesEdit
Big East Conference honorsEdit
Offensive player of the weekEdit
Defensive player of the weekEdit
Special teams player of the weekEdit
Big East Conference All-Conference First TeamEdit
- Terrill Byrd, DL
- Mike Mickens, DB
- Haruki Nakamura, DB
- Kevin Huber, P
Big East Conference All-Conference Second TeamEdit
Players in the 2008 NFL DraftEdit
|Haruki Nakamura||S||6||206||Baltimore Ravens|
|Angelo Craig||DE||7||244||Cincinnati Bengals|
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- "Bearcats 59, Indians 3". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 1, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
- "Cincinnati 47, Miami (Ohio) 10". ESPN. Associated Press. September 15, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
- "Mauk, Bearcats spoil Bower's final game at Southern Miss". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 22, 2007. Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
- "2011 Cincinnati Media Guide" (PDF). University of Cincinnati Athletics. Retrieved December 22, 2018.