2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East champion
Sugar Bowl, L 24–51 vs. Florida
Conference Big East
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 8
2009 record12–1 (7–0 Big East)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco (1st season)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
  2008
2010  
2009 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Cincinnati $ 70    121 
No. 25 West Virginia  52    94 
No. 15 Pittsburgh  52    103 
Rutgers  34    94 
Connecticut  34    85 
South Florida  34    85 
Louisville  16    48 
Syracuse  16    48 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium.

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The 2009 season was arguably the best in Cincinnati's 125-year football history. The Bearcats won a school-record 12 games and finished the regular season fourth in both major media polls, their highest ranking ever. They won their second consecutive Big East Conference championship and played in their second consecutive Bowl Championship Series game, the Sugar Bowl vs Florida. It was also the second BCS bowl appearance in school history.

The Bearcats finished third in the 2009 Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Bearcats became the first team from a BCS conference to finish the regular season unbeaten and be left out of the BCS Championship Game since Auburn in 2004. However, had Texas lost the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game, the Bearcats would have had a realistic shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, since they would have been one of only two undefeated teams left from an AQ conference.

Head coach Brian Kelly resigned at the end of the regular season to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame. Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn coached the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. Butch Jones began coaching the team in 2010.

The Bearcats were defeated by Florida 51–24 in the Sugar Bowl to end their undefeated season.

A heart-warming element of this amazing 2009 team was their adoption of Mitch Stone, a 12-year-old cancer patient, called "a key to this special season". [1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 74:00 pmat Rutgers ESPN W 47–1553,737 [2]
September 127:30 pm Southeast Missouri State *No. 23 FSN Ohio W 70–330,421 [3]
September 196:45 pmat No. 24 Oregon State *No. 17 FSN W 28–1841,909 [4]
September 2612:00 pm Fresno State *No. 14
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH (Whiteout Game)
ESPN+ W 28–2032,910 [5]
October 31:00 pmat Miami (OH) *No. 10 ESPN360 W 37–1323,493 [6]
October 157:30 pmat No. 21 South Florida No. 8ESPNW 34–1763,976 [7]
October 243:30 pm Louisville Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 5
ESPNU W 41–1035,099 [8]
October 3112:00 pmat Syracuse No. 5ESPNUW 28–733,802 [9]
November 78:00 pm Connecticut No. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH (Blackout Game)
ABC W 47–4535,100 [10]
November 138:00 pmNo. 23 West Virginia No. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH (Ring of Red Game)
ESPN2 W 24–2135,105 [11]
November 2712:00 pm Illinois *No. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ABCW 49–3635,106 [12]
December 512:00 pmat No. 15 Pittsburgh No. 5ABCW 45–4463,387 [13]
January 18:30 pmvs. No. 5 Florida No. 4 FOX L 24–5165,207 [14]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Legend:██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
PollPreWk 1Wk 2Wk 3Wk 4Wk 5Wk 6Wk 7Wk 8Wk 9Wk 10Wk 11Wk 12Wk 13Wk 14Final
AP--2317141088554555548
Coaches--23211511109677555549
HarrisNot released109866555554
BCSNot released58555553

Game summaries

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh
1234Total
Cincinnati71072145
Pittsburgh72401344

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

Roster

2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team roster
PlayersCoaches
Offense
Pos.#NameClass
QB 14Chazz Anderson Redshirt.svg  Jr
TE 86 Blake Annen Redshirt.svg  Fr
WR 80 Armon Binns Jr
WR 1 Mardy Gilyard Sr
C 60 Jason Kelce Jr
TE 18 Travis Kelce Fr
T 71 Jeff Linkenbach Sr
RB 23 Isaiah Pead So
QB 15 Tony Pike Sr
TE 88 Adrien Robinson So
Defense
Pos.#NameClass
DT 40 John Hughes So
DE 90 Ricardo Mathews Sr
LB 37 J. K. Schaffer So
DT 78 Derek Wolfe So
LB 27Jeremy MatthewsSo
Special teams
Pos.#NameClass
LS 93 Mike Windt Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster

Awards and milestones

All-Americans

Post-season finalists and winners

[15]

Big East Conference honors

Offensive player of the week

  • Week 1: Tony Pike [15]
  • Week 4: Mardy Gilyard [15]
  • Week 9: Zach Collaros [15]
  • Week 12: Tony Pike [15]
  • Week 13: Tony Pike [15]

Special teams player of the week

  • Week 2: Mardy Gilyard [15]
  • Week 6: Jacob Rodgers [15]
  • Week 9: Jacob Rodgers [15]
  • Week 13: Mardy Gilyard [15]

Big East Conference All-Conference First Team

[15]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second Team

[15]

Players in the 2010 NFL Draft

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Club
Mardy Gilyard WR 499 St. Louis Rams
Tony Pike QB 6204 Carolina Panthers
Ricardo Mathews DT 7238 Indianapolis Colts

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