vs.NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK
09/22/2011, 8:00 PM (ET)
Nippert Stadium (37,000/FieldTurf)
ESPN — Rece Davis, Craig James, Jessie Palmer and Jenn Brown
ESPN3D — Dave Lamont, Tim Brown and Alyssa Roegnik
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Thursday’s game will be just the second meeting between Cincinnati and North Carolina State in a series that began last season … The Wolfpack took a 30-19 win last year on a Thursday-night game in Raleigh, N.C., as each team’s quarterback threw for more than 300 yards with three touchdown passes … NC State QB Russell Wilson (now the starter at Wisconsin) was 26-of-40 for 333 yards, while Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros was 19-of-31 for 310 yards.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
6-9, second season at Cincinnati
33-21, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati picked up its second win in three games with a 59-14 decision against Akron … The Bearcats have gone 2-0 at home and lost their only road game of the season … Cincinnati’s three games have been decided by an average of 43 points … The Bearcats lead the BIG EAST in scoring at 51.3 points per game and are fourth nationally … Cincinnati has outscored its opponents by a 104-28 margin in the first half … The Bearcats have forced 13 turnovers and committed just one this season, leading the nation with a 4.0 turnover margin … QB Zach Collaros has completed 43 of 69 passes for 521 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception, leading the BIG EAST in pass efficiency (159.2) … WR D.J. Woods is fifth in the conference in receiving yards (77.3 per game) … RB Isaiah Pead is averaging 9.5 yards per carry and is fourth in the conference in rushing at 85.7 yards per game … LB J.K. Schaffer has team highs of 19 tackles and two interceptions and is the BIG EAST leader in passed defended (five) … DT Derek Wolfe has a team-high three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss … WR Ralph David Abernathy leads the BIG EAST in kickoff returns with an average of 31.2 yards per return.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(2-1, 0-1 ACC)
Tom O’Brien (Navy ’71)
27-26, fifth season at North Carolina State
102-71, 15th season as collegiate head coach
The Tar Heels enter Thursday’s game on the heels of a 35-13 win against South Alabama Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. … The game against Cincinnati will be just the second game against a Bowl Subdivision opponent this season … The Wolfpack opened with a 43-21 win against Liberty and dropped a 34-27 decision to Wake Forest prior to the South Alabama game … QB Mike Glennon has thrown for 745 yards and eight touchdowns against just one interception and has completed 64.1 percent of his passes … The primary targets have been WR Tobias Palmer (13 rec., 170 yards, 1 TD) and WR T.J. Graham (12 rec., 252 yards, 2 TDs) … RB Curtis Underwood is averaging 73.3 rushing yards per game, while RB James Washington has scored three rushing touchdowns … CB David Amerson has three interceptions and is second on the team with 22 tackles … DE Daryl Cato-Bishop has a team-high three sacks with four tackles for loss.