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1954 Cincinnati Bearcats football
ConferenceIndependent
1954 record8–2
Head coachSid Gillman (6th season)
CaptainDick Goist
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 NCAA independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Notre Dame         9 1 0
No. 20 Penn State         7 2 0
Drexel         5 2 0
Southern Miss         6 4 0
Syracuse         4 4 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1954 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati as an independent during the 1954 college football season. In their sixth and final season under head coach Sid Gillman, the Bearcats compiled an 8–2 record and outscored opponents by a total of 249 to 107.[1][2]

The 1953 team ended its season on a winning streak, and the 1954 team extended the streak to 16 games. The team reached No. 12 in the AP Poll before losing to Wichita on November 14, 1954.[3]

Joe Miller led the team with 717 rushing yards (an average of 7.54 yards per carry) and 66 points scored on 11 rushing touchdowns.[4] The team's other statistical leaders included Mike Murphy with 764 passing yards and Ferd Maccioli with 179 receiving yards.[5]

In January 1955, the team's head coach, Sid Gillman, resigned to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League. In six years at Cincinnati, Gillman compiled a 50–13–1 record.[6]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 18at Detroit W 21–1317,150[7]
September 25Dayton W 42–1320,000[8]
October 2Tulsa
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
W 40–718,000[9]
October 9at Marquette W 30–1316,000[10]
October 16Hardin–Simmons
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
W 27–1316,000[11]
October 23Xavier
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
W 33–027,000[12]
October 30Pacific (CA)No. 20
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
W 13–718,000[13]
November 6at Arizona StateNo. 13W 34–713,000[14]
November 13WichitaNo. 12
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
L 0–1320,000[3]
November 25Miami (OH)
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati (rivalry)
L 9–2130,000[15]
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2009 Cincinnati Football Media Guide Online". University of Cincinnati. p. 186. https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/gobearcats.com/documents/2015/4/30/09fbguide_151-198.pdf. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. "1954 Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/cincinnati/1954-schedule.html. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dick Forbes (November 14, 1954). "Bearcat Atom Is Split By Wichita, 13–0". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 57. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17642144/bearcat_atom_is_split_by_wichita_130/.
  4. 2009 Cincinnati Football Media Guide Online, pp. 152, 161.
  5. 2009 Cincinnati Football Media Guide Online, pp. 156, 158.
  6. "Gillman Accepts Job As Rams' Coach". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 30. January 26, 1955. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17643367/gillman_accepts_job_as_rams_coach/.
  7. Dick Forbes (September 19, 1954). "Bearcats Whip Detroit In Opener, 21–13". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 57. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17644235/bearcats_whip_detroit_in_opener_2113/.
  8. Dick Forbes (September 26, 1954). "Dayton Succumbs To Free-Scoring Bearcats, 42–13". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 41. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17644117/dayton_succumbs_to_freescoring/.
  9. Dick Forbes (October 3, 1954). "Bearcats Sky Streak To 11 On 40–7 Whirl Over Tulsa". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 61. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17643997/bearcats_sky_streak_to_11_on_407_whirl/.
  10. "Warriors Bow 30 to 13". The Racine Journal-Times: p. 13. October 10, 1954. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17641798/warriors_bow_30_to_13/.
  11. Dick Forbes (October 17, 1954). "Cowboy Club Thrown By Bearcats, 27–13". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 57. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17643880/cowboy_club_thrown_by_bearcats_2713/.
  12. "UC 33 – XU 0, And Nobody Is Surprised". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 45. October 24, 1954. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17643122/uc_33_xu_0_and_nobody_is_surprised/.
  13. Dick Forbes (October 31, 1954). "UC Keeps Streak Alive With 13–7 Victory: COP Eleven Rugged, But Bearcats Manage To Notch 15th In Row". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 53. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17642955/uc_keeps_streak_alive_with_137/.
  14. "Bearcats Blast Tempe, 34–7". Arizona Daily Star: p. 29. November 7, 1954. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17642002/bearcats_blast_tempe_347/.
  15. Dick Forbes (November 26, 1954). "Redskins Rally To Trounce UC, 21–9". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 32. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17642304/redskins_rally_to_trounce_uc_219/.
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