Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
FSN Ohio — Michael Reghi, Artrell Hawkins and Brian Giesenshlag
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Cincinnati and Indiana State meet for the fourth time Saturday … The Bearcats hold a 3-1 series lead …The series began in 1972 and Indiana State scored its only win in 1987 … The last matchup was in Nov. 12, 1988, when the Bearcats took a 40-21 win at Nippert Stadium … Cincinnati has outscored its last four Bowl Subdivision opponents by a combined 130-13 margin.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
0-1, first season at Cincinnati
27-13, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati’s 18-game regular-season winning streak came to an end in the Bearcats’ season-opener, a 28-14 loss at Fresno State … The Bearcats took an early 14-0 lead, but saw Fresno State rally to score the last 28 points … Cincinnati lost more than its winning streak as WR Vidal Hazelton went down with a season-ending knee injury in the second half … Hazelton, who did not play last season after transferring from Southern California, had six catches for 63 yards and 41 yards on kickoff returns in his Cincinnati debut … QB Zach Collaros completed 24 of 41 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked eight times in the opener … WR D.J. Woods had 117 all-purpose yards against Fresno State with six receptions for 72 yards and a 37-yard kickoff return … RB Isaiah Pead was the leading rusher with 36 yards on 10 carries … Cincinnati was held to just 15 net rushing yards against Fresno State … The Bearcats held the Bulldogs to 49 rushing yards and just a 3-for-13 showing on third-down conversions … Cincinnati denied Fresno State on the Bulldogs’ first six possessions, but allowed touchdowns on four of the next five.
INDIANA STATE (1-0)
Trent Miles (Indiana State ’87)
2-22, third season
Indiana State, which had won just two games in the previous five seasons, got its 2010 season off to a promising start with a 57-7 win against Division II Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) … The Sycamores reeled off 514 yards of offense, including 371 rushing yards, on its way to the easy win … Indiana State had 23 first downs and averaged 7.9 yards per play… The Sycamores scored seven rushing touchdowns and had another score on a blocked punt return … RB Darius Gates and RB Shakir Bell both had 100-yard efforts with Gates going for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and Bell getting 133 yards and a TD on 11 attempts … QB Ronnie Fouch completed 10 of 21 passes for 143 yards, with WR Bryan Kent and WR Justin Jones finishing with three receptions each … DT Rod Hardy had three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup and also scored a rushing touchdown as part of the goal-line offense … Indiana State faced a BIG EAST team last season, when the Sycamores fell 30-10 to Louisville … Indiana State had lost 33 straight until an Oct. 24, 2009, win against Western Illinois and has won two of its last five games.