Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 13 • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN3 — Mike Gleason, John Bunting and Rontina McCann
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Though the schools have combined to play 2,424 games, Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Cincinnati and Fordham on the gridiron … Cincinnati’s program dates to the 1885 season, while Fordham began playing intercollegiate football in 1881.
21/20 CINCINNATI (4-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
18-11, third season at Cincinnati
45-23, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati enters Saturday’s game with a seven-game winning streak that dates to last season … The streak ranks fifth among active streaks in the Football Bowl Subdivision …The Bearcats have won their last seven nonconference games … Cincinnati has won 23 straight nonconference games at Nippert Stadium … The last team to win a nonconference game at Nippert Stadium was Temple, which was a 30-24 winner in triple-overtime Sept. 20, 2003, when Cincinnati was member of Conference USA … Cincinnati, which was ranked No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll of the 2011 season, finds itself back in the poll at No. 21 this week … The Bearcats are ranked in the USA Today coaches’ poll for the second straight week, checking in at No. 20 … RB George Winn ranks second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 111.5 yards per game … Winn has rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 6.6 yards per carry — the best mark of any BIG EAST starter … QB Munchie Legaux is fourth in the conference in passing (236.5 ypg) and has completed 66 of 120 passes for 946 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions … WR Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging 128.0 all-purpose yards per game, good for third in the conference … LB Greg Blair is averaging 9.0 tackles per game, ranking third in the conference, while LB Maalik Bomar is fourth at 8.5 tackles per game.
Joe Moorhead (Miami (Ohio) ’82)
4-2, first season
Fordham enters Saturday’s game at 4-2 overall after the Rams scored a 38-31 win against Georgetown … The other wins have come against Lock Haven, Cornell and Columbia, while the Rams lost to Villanova and Lehigh … First-year head coach Joe Moorhead was most recently the offensive coordinator at Connecticut … Fordham faced a BIG EAST opponent for the first time last season, when the Rams opened with a 35-3 loss at Connecticut Sept. 3, 2011 … Fordham, which competes as an associate member in the Patriot League, is not eligible for the 2012 league title … The Rams began offering athletic scholarships in football in 2010, but the Patriot League will not sponsor football scholarships until 2013 … The top players on offense are QB Ryan Higgins, who has thrown for 1,468 yards and eight touchdowns, and RB Carlton Koonce, who is averaging 135.3 rushing yards per game … The backup signal-caller is QB Michael Nebrich, who transferred from Connecticut … LB Michael Martin has a team-leading 65 tackles to go with 3.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss.