Delaware State Hornets
Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, September 15 • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN3 — Jim Barbar, John Gregory and Rontina McCann
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Cincinnati and Delaware State have never met on the gridiron … BIG EAST teams have gone 14-0 all-time against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference … The game will be the first for Delaware State against a BIG EAST opponent.
-/rv CINCINNATI (1-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
15-11, third season at Cincinnati
42-23, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati was one of six teams nationally that had a Week 1 bye, but the Bearcats showed little rust in their season-opener — a 34-10 win against Pittsburgh at Nippert Stadium … The Bearcats scored on their first play from scrimmage for the second consecutive season — RB George Winn went 58 yards for a touchdown on the first play of Cincinnati’s first drive against Pittsburgh; former Bearcat RB Isaiah Pead scored on a 40-yard run against Austin Peay on the first play of the 2011 season-opener … QB Munchie Legaux enters Saturday’s game as the BIG EAST rushing leader after he ran for 117 yards against Pittsburgh … Legaux also completed 14 of 28 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns … WR Ralph David Abernathy IV, who was primarily a special teams standout last year, has emerged as a regular part of the offense with two touchdown catches against Pitt … Abernathy had four catches for 71 yards to go with five catches for 20 yards … DE Walter Stewart had nine tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss to go with a forced fumble against Pittsburgh … LB Greg Blair had a team-high 10 tackles with an interception … After leading the nation in tackles for loss last year, the Bearcats had 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh, including six sacks.
DELAWARE STATE (1-1)
Kermit Blount (Winston-Salem State ’80)
4-9, second season at Delaware State
95-96-3, 19th year as collegiate head coach
Delaware State fell to 1-1 on the year with a 38-14 setback to No. 15 (FCS) Delaware in Newark, Del. …The Hornets had a 71-yard advantage in total offense and a near-11-minute edge in time of possession, but were undone by two interceptions and a blocked field goal … Delaware State opened the season with a 17-10 win against VMI Sept. 1 … The Hornets are paced offensively by QB Nick Elko, who has completed 63.9 percent of his passes (53 of 83) for 454 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions … Elko is a fifth-year senior who has thrown for 3,384 yards in his career and is one eight senior starters on offense … RB Malcolm Williams is averaging 58.0 yards per game, with 116 rushing yards on 29 carries … The Hornets ranked 119th of 120 teams in FCS in rushing last season (49.8 yards per game), but have averaged 69.0 yards on the ground through two games in 2012 … DB Davon Moore and DB Terrick Colston lead the defense with 19 tackles each … Ernest Adjei has a team-leading 2.5 tackles for loss.