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2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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.

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
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 22
2012 record10–3 (5–2 Big East)
Head coachButch Jones (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Bajakian (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn Jancek (3rd season)
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 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

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.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 68:00 PMPittsburghESPNW 34–1033,562
September 157:00 PMDelaware State*
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN3W 23–727,112
September 293:30 PMvs. Virginia Tech*ESPNUW 27–2446,026
October 67:00 PMMiami (OH)* 
FS OhioW 52–1435,097
October 137:00 PMFordham*No. 21
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN3W 49–1726,317
October 207:00 PMat Toledo*No. 21ESPN3L 23−2924,124
October 268:00 PMat No. 16 LouisvilleESPNL 31–34 OT53,271
November 312:00 PMSyracuse
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkW 35–2426,180
November 1012:00 PMat TempleBig East NetworkW 34–1020,192
November 1712:00 PMNo. 22 Rutgers
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkL 3–1034,526
November 237:00 PMSouth Florida
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNW 27–1021,171
December 13:30 PMat ConnecticutABCW 34–1733,112
December 276:30 PMvs. Duke*ESPNW 48–3448,128
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

PittsburghEdit

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 StateEdit

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 TechEdit

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

FordhamEdit

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

@ ToledoEdit

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

@ LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Bearcats 10 7 7 70 31
#14 Cardinals 7 7 3 143 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–20–1 2011 CIN, 25–16

SyracuseEdit

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

@ TempleEdit

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

RutgersEdit

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 FloridaEdit

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

@ ConnecticutEdit

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 BowlEdit

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. |}

RosterEdit

2012 Cincinnati Bearcats

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Offensive Line

 

Quarterback

Tight End

Defensive Line

Defensive Back

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

Linebacker

  • 4 Maalik Bomar - Senior
  • 10 Jordan Luallen -   Junior
  • 33 Solomon Tentman -   Sophomore
  • 37 Joey Jones - Freshman
  • 38 Mason Antoun -   Freshman
  • 41 Kevin Hyland -   Freshman
  • 42 Corey Griffin - Freshman
  • 43 Nick Temple - Sophomore
  • 44 Corey Mason -   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 -   Sophomore (K)
  • 61 Kirk Willis -   Freshman (LS)
  • 24 John Lloyd -   Sophomore (P)
  • 34 Pat O'Donnell - Junior (P)
  • 35 Eric Ernst -   Freshman (P)

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

[1]

Depth chartEdit

Awards and milestonesEdit

Big East Conference honorsEdit

Big East Conference All-Conference First TeamEdit

[2]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second TeamEdit

[2]

Big East Conference All-Conference Third TeamEdit

[2]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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

Players in the 2013 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Travis Kelce TE 3 63 Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cinn-m-footbl-mtt.html
  2. ^ a b c "2012 Big East All-Conference Teams". College Sports Madness. Retrieved December 22, 2018.