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2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Big East champion
Sugar Bowl, L 24–51 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig East
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 8
2009 record12–1 (7–0 Big East)
Head coachBrian Kelly (3rd season)
Jeff Quinn (interim)
Offensive coordinatorJeff Quinn (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Diaco (1st season)
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Cincinnati   7 0         12 1  
#25 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
#15 Pittsburgh   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers   3 4         9 4  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   1 6         4 8  
† – BCS representative as 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.

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.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 74:00 PMat RutgersESPNW 47–1553,737[1]
September 127:30 PMSoutheast Missouri State*No. 23FSN OhioW 70–330,421[2]
September 196:45 PMat No. 24 Oregon State*No. 17FSNW 28–1841,909[3]
September 2612:00 PMFresno State*No. 14
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Whiteout Game)
ESPN+W 28–2032,910[4]
October 31:00 PMat Miami (OH)*No. 10ESPN360W 37–1323,493[5]
October 157:30 PMat No. 21 South FloridaNo. 8ESPNW 34–1763,976[6]
October 243:30 PMLouisvilledaggerNo. 5
ESPNUW 41–1035,099[7]
October 3112:00 PMat SyracuseNo. 5ESPNUW 28–733,802[8]
November 78:00 PMConnecticutNo. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Blackout Game)
ABCW 47–4535,100[9]
November 138:00 PMNo. 23 West VirginiaNo. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Ring of Red Game)
ESPN2W 24–2135,105[10]
November 2712:00 PMIllinois*No. 5
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
ABCW 49–3635,106[11]
December 512:00 PMat No. 15 PittsburghNo. 5ABCW 45–4463,387[12]
January 18:30 PMvs. No. 5 FloridaNo. 4FOXL 24–5165,207[13]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP -- 23 17 14 10 8 8 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 8
Coaches -- 23 21 15 11 10 9 6 7 7 5 5 5 5 4 9
Harris Not released 10 9 8 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4
BCS Not released 5 8 5 5 5 5 5 3

Game summariesEdit

PittsburghEdit

Pittsburgh
1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 10 7 21

45

Pittsburgh 7 24 0 13

44

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

RosterEdit

2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 80 Binns, ArmonArmon Binns Jr
WR 1 Gilyard, MardyMardy Gilyard Sr
C 60 Kelce, JasonJason Kelce Jr
TE 18 Kelce, TravisTravis Kelce Fr
T 71 Linkenbach, JeffJeff Linkenbach Sr
RB 23 Pead, IsaiahIsaiah Pead So
QB 15 Pike, TonyTony Pike Sr
TE 88 Robinson, AdrienAdrien Robinson So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 40 Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes So
DE 90 Mathews, RicardoRicardo Mathews Sr
LB 37 Schaffer, J. K.J. K. Schaffer So
DT 78 Wolfe, DerekDerek Wolfe So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 93 Windt, MikeMike 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 milestonesEdit

All-AmericansEdit

Post-season finalists and winnersEdit

[14]

Big East Conference honorsEdit

Offensive player of the weekEdit

  • Week 1: Tony Pike[14]
  • Week 4: Mardy Gilyard[14]
  • Week 9: Zach Collaros[14]
  • Week 12: Tony Pike[14]
  • Week 13: Tony Pike[14]

Special teams player of the weekEdit

  • Week 2: Mardy Gilyard[14]
  • Week 6: Jacob Rodgers[14]
  • Week 9: Jacob Rodgers[14]
  • Week 13: Mardy Gilyard[14]

Big East Conference All-Conference First TeamEdit

  • Mardy Gilyard, WR
  • Chris Jurek, OL
  • Tony Pike, QB
  • Mardy Gilyard, KR

  • Aaron Webster, DB

[14]

Big East Conference All-Conference Second TeamEdit

  • Armon Binns, WR
  • Jason Kelce, OL
  • Alex Hoffman, OL
  • Jeff Linkenbach, OL
  • Ben Guidugli, TE

  • Ricardo Mathews, DL

[14]

Players in the 2010 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mardy Gilyard WR 4 99 St. Louis Rams
Tony Pike QB 6 204 Carolina Panthers
Ricardo Mathews DT 7 238 Indianapolis Colts

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "Southeast Missouri State Redhawks vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292552132. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  3. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Oregon State Beavers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292620204. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  4. "Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Cincinnati Bearcuts Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100315124526/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292692132. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  5. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292760193. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  6. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. South Florida Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292880058. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  7. "Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20091028211130/http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292972132. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  8. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Syracuse Orange Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293040183. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  9. "Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293112132. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  10. "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293172132. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  11. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293312132. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  12. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293390221. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  13. "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Florida Gators Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100320131303/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=300010057. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 "2011 Cincinnati Media Guide". University of Cincinnati Athletics. https://gobearcats.com/documents/2011/9/2/11FB_Supplement.pdf. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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