Austin Peay Governors
Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf Pro)
Saturday, September 3 • 7 p.m. • BIG EAST Network/ ESPN3.com
BIG EAST Network — Tom Gelehrter, Artrell Hawkins and Ray Campbell
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the fifth meeting between Cincinnati and Austin Peay … The Bearcats have won all four previous matchups, the last being a 42-10 win Sept. 4, 1993 … The first game was played during the 1985 season … Austin Peay head coach Rick Christophel was an assistant at Cincinnati in 1983 … Cincinnati has faced a Football Championship Subdivision opponent each year since 2005 and has gone 6-0 in those games … Cincinnati has outscored its FCS opponents by a 240-20 margin since 2006.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
4-8, second season at Cincinnati
31-20, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati looks to return to the postseason in Butch Jones’ second year on the Bearcat sideline … The Bearcats won back-to-back BIG EAST titles in 2008 and 2009, but slipped to 4-8 last season … The Bearcats were 2-5 in the BIG EAST … Optimism abounds in Cincinnati, however, thanks to the return of all 11 starters on defense and and an offense that boasts the conference’s top returning passer, rusher and receiver … QB Zach Collaros was unanimously chosen to the All-BIG EAST First Team after he threw for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns last season … Collaros led the BIG EAST in passing yards (263.8 ypg) and total offense (282.2 ypg) … RB Isaiah Pead was fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing last year (1,029 yards, 6 TDs), but leads all returning tailbacks in the conference … WR D.J. Woods was an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick after he had 57 catches for 898 yards and eight touchdowns … LB JK Schaffer, who had a team-high 111 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups, leads the veteran defense … DT Derek Wolfe registered four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss as the anchor of the defensive line … DE Brandon Mills registered six sacks and had 12.5 tackles for loss … SS Drew Frey and FS Wesley Richardson had a team-leading two interceptions each.
AUSTIN PEAY (0-0)
Rick Christophel (Austin Peay ’75)
15-29, fifth season
Austin Peay has 18 starters back from last year’s team, which went 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference … The Governors dropped their last eight games of the 2010 season … Austin Peay lists just 11 seniors on its roster … QB Jake Ryan saw most of the action last season, throwing for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns with 11 interceptions … WR Devin Stark is the top returning receiver after he had 19 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns last year … The Governors return eight of their top 10 tackle leaders from last year, including three — LB Darrick Dillard, FS Antwuan Majors and WS Amius Smith — who had at least 80 stops … K Stephen Stansell led the team in scoring with 57 points last year and was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts from 50 yards or longer … Austin Peay plays back-to-back Bowl Subdivision teams to start the 2011 season as the Governors visit Memphis Sept. 17.