2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East champion
Orange Bowl, L 7–20 vs Virginia Tech
Conference Big East
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 17
2008 record11–3 (6–1 Big East)
Head coach Brian Kelly (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Tresey (2nd season)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
  2007
2009  
2008 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Cincinnati $ 61    113 
Pittsburgh  52    94 
No. 23 West Virginia  52    94 
Rutgers  52    85 
Connecticut  34    85 
South Florida  25    85 
Louisville  16    57 
Syracuse  16    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its homes game in Nippert Stadium. Kelly was in his second full season with the Bearcats after coaching them to a 3121 win against Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl. On Friday, November 28, 2008, the Bearcats clinched a share of the Big East Conference title for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005. With a victory over Syracuse on November 29, 2008 the Bearcats became the outright football champions of the Big East and set a record with an average attendance of 31,964. After a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech in the 2009 Orange Bowl, the Bearcats finished 17th in the AP Top 25 for the second consecutive year. With West Virginia falling off Cincinnati became the front runner to win the big east.

Contents

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 287:30 pm Eastern Kentucky *W 40–726,913
September 63:30 pmat No. 4 Oklahoma * ABC L 26–5284,476
September 207:30 pm Miami (OH) *
ESPN360 W 45–2031,629
September 277:30 pmat Akron * FSN Ohio W 17–1516,927
October 38:00 pmat Marshall * ESPN W 33–1029,237
October 1112:00 pm Rutgers Dagger-14-plain.png
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East Network W 13–1032,370
October 2512:00 pmat Connecticut Big East NetworkL 16–4040,000
October 307:45 pmNo. 23 South Florida
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNW 24–1031,175
November 87:00 pmat No. 20 West Virginia ESPNU W 26–23 OT59,834
November 148:00 pmat Louisville No. 22 ESPN2 W 28–2037,822
November 227:15 pmNo. 20 Pittsburgh No. 19
ESPN2W 28–2135,098
November 2912:00 pm Syracuse No. 16
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkW 30–1034,603
December 611:30 pmat Hawaiʻi *No. 13ESPN2W 29–2440,549
January 18:00 pmNo. 19 Virginia Tech *No. 12 FOX L 7–2073,602
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source: 2008 Cincinnati Bearcats football schedule

Game summaries

Eastern Kentucky

1234Total
Eastern Kentucky00707
Cincinnati62014040

[1]

Oklahoma

1234Total
Cincinnati0137626
#4 Oklahoma147211052

[2]

Miami

1234Total
Miami0137020
Cincinnati101414745

[3]

Akron

1234Total
Cincinnati707317
Akron360615

[4]

Marshall

1234Total
Cincinnati21410733
Marshall037010

[5]

Rutgers

1234Total
Rutgers0010010
Cincinnati373013

[6]

Connecticut

1234Total
Cincinnati1033016
Connecticut100102040

[7]

South Florida

1234Total
#23 South Florida703010
Cincinnati1070724

[8]

West Virginia

1234OTTotal
Cincinnati13700626
#20 West Virginia70013323

[9]

Louisville

1234Total
#22 Cincinnati777728
Louisville7103020

[10]

Pittsburgh

1234Total
#20 Pittsburgh7001421
#19 Cincinnati0147728

[11]

Syracuse

1234Total
Syracuse030710
#16 Cincinnati7610730

Hawaii

1234Total
#13 Cincinnati3701929
Hawaii0314724

Virginia Tech

1234Total
#12 Cincinnati70007
#21 Virginia Tech0103720

Awards and milestones

All-Americans

Post-season finalists and winners

Big East Conference honors

Offensive player of the week

  • Week 1: Dustin Grutza [12]

Defensive player of the week

  • Week 10: Aaron Webster [12]

Special teams player of the week

  • Week 2: Mardy Gilyard [12]
  • Week 6: Connor Barwin [12]
  • Week 7: Kevin Huber [12]
  • Week 10: Mardy Gillard [12]
  • Week 13: Jacob Rogers [12]

Big East Conference All-Conference First Team

[12]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second Team

[12]

Players in the 2009 NFL Draft

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Club
Connor Barwin DE 246 Houston Texans
Kevin Huber P 5142 Cincinnati Bengals
DeAngelo Smith CB 5143 Dallas Cowboys
Brandon Underwood S 6187 Green Bay Packers
Mike Mickens CB 7227 Dallas Cowboys
Trevor Canfield G 7254 Arizona Cardinals

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