2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Big East co-champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Belk Bowl champion
Belk Bowl, W 48–34 vs. Duke
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 22
2012 record10–3 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike Bajakian (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn Jancek (3rd season)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
  2011
2013  
2012 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Louisville $+ 52    112 
Cincinnati + 52    103 
Rutgers + 52    94 
Syracuse + 52    85 
Pittsburgh  34    67 
Connecticut  25    57 
Temple  25    47 
South Florida  16    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats, led by third year head coach Butch Jones, played their home games at Nippert Stadium and were a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 5–2 in Big East play to finish in a four way tie for the conference championship. Along with Rutgers, Louisville, and Syracuse, the Bearcats were the final football champions of the Big East Football Conference, as the league's original incarnation folded following the loss of the three former programs and others to different conferences. Cincinnati would become a charter member of the American Athletic Conference the following season. They were invited to the Belk Bowl where they defeated Duke.

Contents

At the end of the regular season, head coach Butch Jones resigned to take the same position at Tennessee. Defensive line coach Steve Stripling was named the interim head coach for the Belk Bowl.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 68:00 pm Pittsburgh ESPN W 34–1033,562
September 157:00 pm Delaware State *
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN3 W 23–727,112
September 293:30 pmvs. Virginia Tech * ESPNU W 27–2446,026
October 67:00 pm Miami (OH) *Dagger-14-plain.png
FS Ohio W 52–1435,097
October 137:00 pm Fordham *No. 21
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN3W 49–1726,317
October 207:00 pmat Toledo *No. 21ESPN3L 23−2924,124
October 268:00 pmat No. 16 Louisville ESPNL 31–34 OT53,271
November 312:00 pm Syracuse
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East Network W 35–2426,180
November 1012:00 pmat Temple Big East NetworkW 34–1020,192
November 1712:00 pmNo. 22 Rutgers
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
Big East NetworkL 3–1034,526
November 237:00 pm South Florida
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNW 27–1021,171
December 13:30 pmat Connecticut ABC W 34–1733,112
December 276:30 pmvs. Duke *ESPNW 48–3448,128
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Pittsburgh

1234Total
Panthers003710
Bearcats14371034

Delaware State

1234Total
Hornets00077
Bearcats1370323

Virginia Tech

1234Total
Hokies0701724
Bearcats3371427

Miami (OH)

1234Total
RedHawks680014
Bearcats141021752

Fordham

1234Total
Rams338317
Bearcats140211449

@ Toledo

1234Total
#18 Bearcats0137323
Rockets10610329

@ Louisville

1234OTTotal
Bearcats10777031
#14 Cardinals77314334

Syracuse

1234Total
Orange1077024
Bearcats7714735

@ Temple

1234Total
Bearcats14107334
Owls307010

Rutgers

1234Total
Scarlet Knights070310
Bearcats00033

South Florida

1234Total
Bulls003710
Bearcats767727

@ Connecticut

1234Total
Bearcats7771334
Huskies0107017

Duke–Belk Bowl

1234Total
Bearcats314102148
Blue Devils16081034

The Bearcats made their first ever appearance in the Belk Bowl and their first ever meeting with Duke. The Blue Devils raced out to an early 16-0 lead in the first quarter after a punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. The Bearcats then scored 27 unanswered points capped off by a 46 yard touchdown run by George Winn. The Blue Devils then scored back to back touchdowns to take a 31-27 lead. The Bearcats retook the lead with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Brendan Kay to Chris Moore. The Blue Devils then tied the game with a 52 yard field goal and the game seemed headed to overtime. With under a minute to play TE Travis Kelce took a short pass from Kay and broke several would be tackles in racing 83 yards for the winning score. Insult was added to injury when Nick Temple stripped the ball from Duke QB Sean Renfree and dashed 55 yards with the stolen loaf for a score as time expired. The 48 points is the most points scored by the Bearcats in a bowl game, and would be their largest margin of victory in a bowl game since 1997. The win gave the Bearcats their 4th 10 win season in the past five years. |}

Roster

2012 Cincinnati Bearcats

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Offensive Line

 

Quarterback

Tight End

Defensive Line

Defensive Back

  • 2 Trenier Orr - Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 8 Adrian Witty - Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 9 Dominique Battle - Redshirt.svg Senior
  • 11 Deven Drane - Junior
  • 13 Pat Lambert - Redshirt.svg Senior
  • 17 Malcolm Murray - Senior
  • 20 Chris Williams - Senior
  • 21 Camerron Cheatham - Redshirt.svg Senior
  • 25 Arryn Chenault - Junior
  • 26 Drew Frey - Redshirt.svg Senior
  • 27 Drake Bruns - Freshman
  • 29 Andre Jones - Freshman
  • 30 Aaron Roberson - Senior
  • 35 Dylan Coombs - Freshman
  • 36 Marcus Foster - Freshman
  • 39 Demitri Beal - Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 40 Kevin Brown - Freshman
  • 48 Breon Mapp - Junior
 

Linebacker

  • 4 Maalik Bomar - Senior
  • 10 Jordan Luallen - Redshirt.svg Junior
  • 33 Solomon Tentman - Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 37 Joey Jones - Freshman
  • 38 Mason Antoun - Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 41 Kevin Hyland - Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 42 Corey Griffin - Freshman
  • 43 Nick Temple - Sophomore
  • 44 Corey Mason - Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 45 Ey'Shawn McClain - Freshman
  • 46 Devin Bruns - Freshman
  • 47 Colin Lozier - Senior
  • 48 Jeff Luc - Junior
  • 50 Innocent Macha - Sophomore
  • 51 Greg Blair - Senior
  • 53 Franklin Bruscianelli - Freshman
  • 57 Clemente Casseus - Freshman

Special Teams

  • 14 Tony Miliano - Redshirt.svg Sophomore (K)
  • 61 Kirk Willis - Redshirt.svg Freshman (LS)
  • 24 John Lloyd - Redshirt.svg Sophomore (P)
  • 34 Pat O'Donnell - Junior (P)
  • 35 Eric Ernst - Redshirt.svg Freshman (P)

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

[1]

Depth chart

Awards and milestones

Big East Conference honors

Big East Conference All-Conference First Team

[2]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second Team

[2]

Big East Conference All-Conference Third Team

[2]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend:██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final 
AP RVRVNRRVRVRV2121RVRVNRNRRVRVRVRV 
Coaches RVRVRVRVRV232018RVRVNRRVRVRVRV22 
Harris Not released2018RVRVNRRVRVRVRVNot released 
BCS Not released21NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNot released

Players in the 2013 NFL Draft

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Club
Travis Kelce TE 363 Kansas City Chiefs

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