2012 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.
|2012 Belk Bowl|
|Date||December 27, 2012|
|Stadium||Bank of America Stadium|
|Location||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|MVP||Brendon Kay (QB, Cincinnati)|
|Favorite||Cincinnati by 11|
|Referee||Matt Austin (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mike Patrick (Play-by-play)|
Ed Cunningham (Analyst)
Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)
This was the first meeting between these two teams.
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.
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. 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.
|Total offense, plays - yards||53–554||89–560|
|Passing yards (net)||332||360|
|Time of Possession||26:18||33:42|
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2012
- "Football Accepts Bid To Belk Bowl". Cincinnati Bearcats. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.