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2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

The 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS 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.

2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East champion
ConferenceBig East
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 17
2008 record11–3 (6–1 Big East)
Head coachBrian Kelly (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJeff Quinn (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Tresey (2nd season)
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Cincinnati $   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
No. 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 conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 287:30 PMEastern Kentucky*W 40–726,913
September 63:30 PMat No. 4 Oklahoma*ABCL 26–5284,476
September 207:30 PMMiami (OH)*
ESPN360W 45–2031,629
September 277:30 PMat Akron*FSN OhioW 17–1516,927
October 38:00 PMat Marshall*ESPNW 33–1029,237
October 1112:00 PMRutgers 
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkW 13–1032,370
October 2512:00 PMat ConnecticutBig East NetworkL 16–4040,000
October 307:45 PMNo. 23 South Florida
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNW 24–1031,175
November 87:00 PMat No. 20 West VirginiaESPNUW 26–23 OT59,834
November 148:00 PMat LouisvilleNo. 22ESPN2W 28–2037,822
November 227:15 PMNo. 20 PittsburghNo. 19
ESPN2W 28–2135,098
November 2912:00 PMSyracuseNo. 16
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkW 30–1034,603
December 611:30 PMat Hawaiʻi*No. 13ESPN2W 29–2440,549
January 18:00 PMNo. 19 Virginia Tech*No. 12FOXL 7–2073,602
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source: 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football schedule

Game summariesEdit

Eastern KentuckyEdit

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

[1]

OklahomaEdit

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

[2]

MiamiEdit

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

[3]

AkronEdit

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

[4]

MarshallEdit

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

[5]

RutgersEdit

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

[6]

ConnecticutEdit

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

[7]

South FloridaEdit

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

[8]

West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Cincinnati 13 7 0 06 26
#20 West Virginia 7 0 0 133 23

[9]

LouisvilleEdit

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

[10]

PittsburghEdit

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

[11]

SyracuseEdit

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

HawaiiEdit

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

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Cincinnati 7 0 0 0 7
#21 Virginia Tech 0 10 3 7 20

Awards and milestonesEdit

All-AmericansEdit

Post-season finalists and winnersEdit

Big East Conference honorsEdit

Offensive player of the weekEdit

  • Week 1: Dustin Grutza[12]

Defensive player of the weekEdit

  • Week 10: Aaron Webster[12]

Special teams player of the weekEdit

  • Week 2: Mardy Gilyard[12]
  • Week 6: Connor Barwin[12]
  • Week 7: Kevin Huber[12]
  • Week 10: Mardy Gillard[12]
  • Week 13: Jacob Rogers[12]

Big East Conference All-Conference First TeamEdit

[12]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second TeamEdit

[12]

Players in the 2009 NFL DraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "2011 Cincinnati Media Guide" (PDF). University of Cincinnati Athletics. Retrieved December 22, 2018.