Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
— Dave Weekley and John Gregory
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the sixth meeting between Cincinnati and Akron … The Bearcats are 3-2 against the Zips and have won the last two matchups … The most recent meeting was in 2008, when Cincinnati was a 17-15 winner in Akron, Ohio … QB Tony Pike threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats, who got the winning points on a 48-yard field goal by K Jacob Rogers midway through the fourth quarter.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
5-9, second season at Cincinnati
32-21, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati finds itself at 1-1 following a 45-23 setback at Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. … The Bearcats were tied with the Vols at 14-14 after the first quarter, but were unable to keep pace the rest of the way … Cincinnati opened 2011 with a 72-10 win against Austin Peay … The Bearcats have averaged 478.5 yards of offense and have allowed an average of 404.0 yards … Cincinnati is averaging 7.3 yards per offensive play … The Bearcats are 10-for-10 in red zone scoring with nine touchdowns … Cincinnati has been led by QB Zach Collaros, who has completed 33 of 53 passes for 364 yards and six touchdowns without an interception … RB Isaiah Pead is averaging 11.5 yards per carry and has rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns on 21 attempts … Pead has broken his first carry for a touchdown in each of Cincinnati’s two games this year … WR D.J. Woods has 13 receptions for 170 yards and a TD … WR Anthony McClung has a team-high three touchdown receptions … The Bearcats have five fumble recoveries on defense, have not turned the ball over, and rank second nationally in turnover margin (+3.5 per game) … LB J.K. Schaffer has a team-high 15 tackles with two pass breakups and an interception … WR Ralph David Abernathy has averaged a solid 31.2 yards on kickoff returns.
AKRON (0-2, 0-1 MAC)
Rob Ianello (Catholic ’87)
1-13, second season
Akron has struggled to an 0-2 mark to start the 2011 season after a 42-0 loss to Ohio State and a 41-3 setback to Temple … The Zips were 1-11 last season, with the lone win coming against Buffalo in the season finale … Head coach Rob Ianello was an assistant at Notre Dame from 2005-09 before taking over at Akron … The Zips won the Mid-American Conference title in 2005, but have not had a winning season since … Akron has faced a BIG EAST team each year since 2006 and has gone 1-5 against the conference since then … Akron has averaged just 179.5 yards of offense and allowed 466.5 yards through two games … QB Clayton Moore has taken most of the snaps and has thrown for 246 yards with two interceptions … Akron quarterbacks have been sacked a combined 13 times in two games … WR Marquelo Suel has a team-high five receptions for 110 yards … LB Brian Wagner leads the team with 22 tackles … The Zips have not registered a sack or an interception this season.