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Bearcats Football coach Luke Fickell disappointed that his team didn’t give Ohio State a challenge in return to hometown


Luke Fickell said in his news conference that if his players had never had their butts whipped, then they did against Ohio State Saturday ( photo)

Luke Fickell UC Football coach News Conference after Ohio State game 9 7 2019

Ever since Luke Fickell took the head coaching job at the University of Cincinnati, he knew the game with Ohio State was down the road. Some fans of college football may not know, but games are scheduled years in advance, usually by coaches who have left a program. A new coach comes in and has the right to put his own schedule together after meeting with his athletic director.

Fickell, had thoughts of canceling the game with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer because of everything that goes with a game like that: former player going against his alma mater, in his hometown and in this case, players he recruited and coached.

After all, the 46-year-old Fickell became a fan favorite because of his solid playing career at Ohio State (1993-96), assistant coach, interim head coach and defensive coordinator. He had been on the staff at Ohio State under John Cooper as a graduate assistant, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer encompassing 15 years. He left to take the Cincinnati job, December 10, 2016 as that school’s 39th head coach replacing Tommy Tuberville.

Fickell in the end decided to keep the game on the schedule as the Bearcats had a chance to play a top-5 team on national television and they would receive a nice check to help out their football program and the athletic programs at UC.

In the end, the Bearcats, who are expected to be a challenger for the championship in the American Athletic Conference, did not look like they even belonged on the field with the Buckeyes, who are tough at home anyways. The Bearcats got shutout, 42-0; had a field goal blocked; had an obvious touchdown run end on a fumble out of the end zone for a touchback; committed 10 penalties for 78 yards; their vaunted rushing attack led by Michael Warren II, only accumulated 37 yards and they turned the ball over.

He told the media after the game that the game and loss was “humbling”; “had their absolute butts whipped”; “disappointed we couldn’t give the Buckeyes a real game”

Fickell said that he expects the team to rebound this week because that are playing one of their oldest rivals, the Miami University RedHawks for the 124th time at home on Saturday at 12 noon. The game will be on ESPNU.

Dayton Flyers shock 14th-ranked Indiana State on road, 42-35


QB Jack Cook accounted for 4 touchdowns for Dayton

Indiana State Was The Highest-Ranked FCS Opponent In UD’s Program History

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The University of Dayton football team pulled off the biggest upset program history Saturday, knocking off No. 14 Indiana State by a score of 42-35 in in the Sycamore home opener.


Indiana State is the highest-ranked FCS opponent that Dayton football had ever played in program history. Jack Cook accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing — and Sean Prophit punched in the game-winning score on a 13-yard run with 1:57 left in the game.  Zach Rumpke intercepted a Sycamore pass at the Dayton 20 with 18 seconds to play to seal the victory.




- Indiana State took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Peterson Kerlegrand scored on a 19-yard run en route to a 194-yard rushing day.

- UD’s Jake Chisholm’s 43-yard kickoff return set up a game-tying 50-yard drive.  Sean Prophit’s three-yard run tied the game 7-7.  The Flyers would not trail again.



- Dayton finished off a drive that started late in the first quarter to take its first lead.  A Jack Cook-to-Sean Prophit nine-yard TD pass capped off a 79-yard drive.

- UD scored again after a 68-yard drive.  Cook hit Andrew Holderer with a three-yard pass to give the Flyers a two-touchdown lead.

- Punter Allen Waltz pinned ISU back to the five with 54 second left, but the Sycamores went 95 yards with time to spare to make the halftime score Dayton 21, Indiana State 14.



- The Flyers received the second half kickoff, but after a three-and-out, Indiana State took advantage of a short field to tie the game 21-21.

- Dayton scored 14 unanswered points, both on Jack Cook runs, to leads 35-21 heading into the fourth quarter.




- The Sycamores scored on the first play of the fourth quarter (after a 75-yard drive) and then went 68 yards on their next possession to tie the game 35-35.

- Dayton moved the ball into ISU territory, but Cook’s pass was batted down on fourth down, giving ISU the ball on its own 35.

- But the Flyer defense stepped up, forcing its only three-and-out punt of the game.

- The Flyer offense stepped too, embarking on a 10-play, 85-yard drive.  Cook ran or passed for 66 yards, and Prophit ran for the other 19, including a 13-yard TD that proved to be the game-winner with 1:57 to go.

- Indiana State moved the ball to the UD 26, but redshirt freshman Zach Rumpke (who was subbing for injured captain Andrew Lutgens) intercepted sealed the win with an interception with 18 seconds left.



- Tight end Adam Trautman caught a career-high 11 passes for 132 yards.

- Quarterback Jack Cook was 21 of 29 passing (.724) for 251 yards and two scores.

- Sean Prophit, Cook and Jake Chisholm all ran for at least 40 yards.  Prophit had 13 carries for 65 yards (5.0 avg.), Cook 13 for 52 (4.0) and Chisholm 7 for 43 (6.1).

- Chisholm also returned four kickoffs for 145 yards (38.1 avg.).

- Prophit scored half of UD’s six touchdowns – two rushing and one receiving.

- UD’s safeties Brandon Easterling and Tim Simon led the defense.  Easterling had a game-high-tying 13.  Simon had 11 hits (6 solo), an interception and two pass breakups.

Sean Prophit scored the game winning touchdown with 1:57 for UD


The Flyers will be back on the road next week to take on Robert Morris on Sat., Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Team Statistics

Team Statistics
Game Stats UD INS
Total Yards 427 505
Pass Yards 251 147
Rushing Yards 176 358
Penalty Yards 7-77 9-104
1st Downs 26 27
3rd Downs 4-9 5-12
4th Downs 0-1 1-2
TOP 32:26 27:34





UC Athletics announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class: Announcer Dan Hoard and 2009 Football Bearcats

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will enshrine one of the most successful football teams in school history into the James P. Kelly UC Athletics Hall of Fame along with its longtime radio voice, the Athletics Department announced back in the Spring.

The 2009 University of Cincinnati football team, which finished with a perfect 12-0 regular season, won the BIG EAST Conference Championship and played in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be inducted alongside the Voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard.

“We are thrilled to enhance the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 football season by inducting the team as a whole into the Hall of Fame,” AD Mike Bohn said. “Adding the incomparable and iconic voice of Dan Hoard to this year’s class adds an inspirational dynamic in our salute to excellence. The achievements of the 2009 Bearcats, one of the greatest UC teams ever, are second-to-none in our football history and we look forward to unveiling additional exciting ways to commemorate their historic season.

“Dan Hoard is simply one of the best broadcast professionals in the nation. We are blessed to have him as our respected voice of the Bearcats. He’s a phenomenal representative of the University with an unparalleled work ethic.”

“I am honored, humbled, and quite honestly overwhelmed,” Hoard said. “Having a front row seat to watch Kenyon (Martin), Melvin (Levett), SK (Sean Kilpatrick), Gary (Clark), Jarron (Cumberland), Gino (Guidugli), Tony (Pike), Mardy (Gilyard), Connor (Barwin), Travis (Kelce) and so many other great players has been more than enough of a reward. Being the Voice of the Bearcats has been a joy and a privilege for 19 years. I look forward to many more to come.”

While the 2009 team will be celebrated throughout the upcoming football season, the weekend of October 18-19, 2019 will feature the annual Legion of Excellence dinner on Friday and an in-game recognition during the football game against Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Nippert Stadium. The team will be welcomed back to Cincinnati and former Head Coach Brian Kelly will attend the Saturday recognition.

To forever commemorate the 2009 undefeated regular season, UC is creating a dual bobblehead of the game-winning Tony Pike to Armon Binns 29-yard touchdown which capped a 45-44 come-from-behind win at Pitt on Dec. 5, 2009.

The dual bobblehead features Pike delivering the pass and Binns in his iconic touchdown-celebration pose raising the football with an outstretched arm. The memento also includes an audio component which will play the radio and TV calls of the TD pass from the Voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard, and ESPN’s Sean McDonough.

The dual bobblehead was available to 2019 season ticket holders. If you are interested in its availability, contact the UC athletics ticket office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or online at


  • The 2009 Bearcats (12-1, 7-0 BIG EAST), ranked No. 3 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings, finished the first undefeated season in the modern era and won their second-straight BIG EAST Championship.
  • Under the direction of BIG EAST Coach of the Year Brian Kelly, UC featured BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year Mardy Gilyard, also an American Football Coaches Association All-American at wide receiver, and 11 all-conference selections.
  • Kelly is scheduled to return to campus for the UC-Tulsa game on Saturday, Oct. 19 to be a part of the team recognition.
  • Gilyard (WR & KR), (C), (QB), and (S) were first-team honorees. (WR), (OT), (OG), (OG), (TE), and (DL) earned second-team honors.
  • UC set numerous school records in 2009, including 10 which are still standing: wins (12), road wins (6), consecutive regular-season wins (18), points (502), touchdowns (66), TD passes (39), kickoff return yards (1,540), fewest fumbles (11), fewest fumbles lost (2), fewest turnovers (10).
  • UC finished the regular season leading the NCAA FBS in passing efficiency (166.19) despite using four different quarterbacks throughout the course of the season.
  • The Bearcats ranked second nationally in kickoff returns (29.2), third in tackles for a loss (8.4), sixth in passing offense (320.3), scoring offense (39.8), and total offense (464.3), while sitting tied for eighth in sacks (2.9), and 10th in sacks allowed (0.9).
  • Fans saw the emergence of future stars in QB Zach Collaros (.750 completion pct., 1,434 yds, 10 TDs), S Drew Frey (64 tackles, 2 INT), RB Isaiah Pead (806 yds, 9 TDs), LB JK Schaffer (100 tackles, 3 INT), DE Walter Stewart (8.5 TFLs, 4.5 sck), DT Derek Wolfe (5.0 sck., 8.0 TFL), WR DJ Woods (640 yds, 4 TDs)
  • The 2009 team also featured a foundation of freshmen and redshirt freshmen who would go on to become standout players at UC, including LB Maalik Bomar, OT Austen Bujnoch, CB Camerron Cheatham, DE Dan Giordano, OT Sean Hooey, QB Brendon Kay, TE Travis Kelce, P Patrick O’Donnell, C Dan Sprague and DT Jordan Stepp.
  • The roster featured 29 players who went on to play professionally in the NFL, CFL or arena football. Barnett, Collaros, Gilyard, WR Vidal Hazelton, Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce, O’Donnell, LS Mike Windt and Wolfe are currently on active rosters.


  • Hoard enters his 20th season as the Voice of the Bearcats in 2019, handling the play-by-play duties for the football and men’s basketball teams and hosting weekly radio and television programs.
  • One of UC’s greatest ambassadors, Hoard’s voice and approachable manner have made him a legend among Bearcats fans, coaches, student-athletes and staff over the years.
  • Also the radio announcer for the Cincinnati Bengals and a fill-in host for the Cincinnati Reds on FOX Sports Ohio, Hoard first served as UC’s over-the-air voice in 1996, handling the play-by-play on local TV telecasts from 1996-2000. He took over the radio play-by-play duties in 2000.
  • He joins his football broadcast partner, Jim Kelly Jr., and former basketball broadcast partner, Chuck Machock, as hall of fame inductee.
  • The Syracuse University graduate was named the National Sports Media Ohio Sportscaster of the Year in 2015 and 2017 and was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.




American Athletic Conference Football News

American Pow6r Points:

·        American Athletic Conference teams continued their collective strong start to the 2019 season as league teams take a combined 14-8 record into Week 3.


·        The American is a combined 14-3 against teams that are not ranked in the national polls. Three of the eight overall losses have come to top-10 teams in true road games.


·        American teams’ FBS wins were by an average of 23.3 points yesterday. Perhaps most impressive was UCF’s 48-14 win at Florida Atlantic, where the Knights played in front of a school-record crowd in Boca Raton.


·        QB Dillon Gabriel threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, while five UCF running backs found the end zone as the Knights improved to 26-1 in their last 27 games.


·        SMU is 2-0 for the second time in three seasons after the Mustangs took an impressive 49-27 win against North Texas behind three more rushing touchdowns from RB Xavier Jones, who has six TDs in two games. SMU will be looking for its first 3-0 start since 1984 with Saturday’s game against Texas State.


·        Tulsa scored a road win against San Jose State as the Golden Hurricane gained 539 yards in a 34-16 win. QB Zach Smith threw for 283 yards, while RB Shamari Brooks rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown.


·        Two head coached picked up their first wins at their respective schools as Mike Houston and ECU cruised past Gardner-Webb and Dana Holgorsen and Houston beat Prairie View A&M.


·        Memphis improved to 2-0 with a 55-24 victory against Southern at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have won 17 consecutive nonconference regular-season games at their home stadium.


·        Two teams from The American fell to top-10 opponents as Tulane battled No. 10 Auburn in a 24-6 decision, while Cincinnati fell at No. 5 Ohio State.


·        UConn saw freshman QB Mike Zergiotis throw for 275 yards in his first career start, but the Huskies fell 31-23 to Illinois. USF held Georiga Tech to 257 total yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls dropped a 14-10 decision in Atlanta.




Cincinnati Bearcats Postgame Notes: Coach Fickell homecoming not what he expected in 42-0 loss at #5 Ohio State

Luke Fickell UC coach wished his team had played better on a national stage ( photo)


65,419 Luke Fickell UC coach On team got a humbling experience against Ohio State 9 7 2019

65,420 Luke Fickell UC coach On safety Tyriq McDonald getting injured Is he doing well 9 7 2019

65,421 Luke Fickell UC coach This game was a measuring stick to see where you measure up Has to get better going forward 9 7 2019

65,422 Luke Fickell UC coach On his return to alma mater sentimental to him at all 9 7 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, and No. 5 Ohio State coasted to a 42-0 rout of Cincinnati on Saturday.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Buckeyes (2-0) dismantled Cincinnati in Luke Fickell‘s return to Ohio Stadium. The third-year Bearcats coach played at Ohio State then spent 11 years on the other sideline as an assistant, and interim coach in 2011.

“They just ruined any sentimental thought you had,” Fickell said. “I’m just disappointed we couldn’t give them a real game.”

The Bearcats (1-1) came in with confidence after an opening week win over UCLA but their chances of beating Ohio State for the first time in 122 years began to dissipate when Justin Fields scurried up for the middle for a 7-yard touchdown run on the Buckeyes’ second drive of the game. By halftime it was 28-0.

The Ohio State defense held down Cincinnati and shut the door with a blocked field goal, an interception and fumble for a touchback on the three occasions the Bearcats threatened. The Buckeyes sacked quarterback Desmond Ritter five times.

“I think today was another step in the journey, the right step — where we want to be,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.


Cincinnati: With the drama surrounding the return of Fickell, the Bearcats were expected by many to give Ohio State more of a game. But the Buckeyes’ defensive line made it tough to establish any ground game. Ritter hit a few passes for big gains but otherwise the offensive highlights were few.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes exploited the talent deficit, and their skill players and defense improved from last week. The team made fewer mistakes and is clicking as it heads into Big Ten play next week at Indiana.


*UC had chances to score. In the 2nd quarter, PK Sam Crosa had a 32-yard FG blocked by OSU DE Chase Young when the score was still manageable at 7-0 Ohio State.

The other opportunity was in the 4th quarter and trailing 42-0, UC drove inside the 20-yard line and on the next play, had a 15-yard TD run in his grasp, but fumbled as he was being tackled at the 1 and the ball, after a scramble by both teams, trickled out of the end zone for no points and Buckeyes ball. So, a possible 10 points went down the drain.


“Its tough on everybody in that lockerroom”!

“We never recovered our momentum after Tyriq McDonald got hurt”!

“A humbling experience”!

“The blocked field goal took away any momentum we had”!




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