BUCKEYES HOST BEARCATS
SATURDAY AT THE ’SHOE
Ohio State and Cincinnati meet for the fifth time this century on the gridiron when the two teams tangle in a
noon kick at Ohio Stadium Saturday. Ohio State and Cincinnati last met during the 2014 season with the
Buckeyes prevailing in an entertaining and hard-fought game, 50-28.
This week’s game is the annual Hall of Fame game with three former Ohio State football players earning enshrinement: Boyd Cherry (1912-14), A.J. Hawk (2002-05) and Mike Nugent (2001-04). Ohio State’s sesquicentennial will also be recognized at the game. Ohio State is celebrating its first 150 years of excellence in education, research, innovation and community engagement by reflecting on its remarkable past and
preparing for its bold future.
Ohio State is facing an in-state opponent for the fi rst time since taking on Bowling Green to start the 2016 season.
This is Ohio State’s 98th season playing in Ohio Stadium.
Ryan Day is the 25th head coach in school history.
This is the 150th anniversary season of college football.
Ohio State is celebrating its first 150 years of excellence in education, research, innovation and community engagement by reflecting on its remarkable past and preparing for its bold future.
Ohio State owns a 14-2 record all-time against Cincinnati with the most recent meeting coming in 2014, a 50-28 victory for the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes have won 11 consecutive in the series dating back to a 29-0 win in 1900. Cincinnati’s two wins came in 1896 and 1897, respectively.
Ohio State has 20 wins in its last 22 nonconference home games and 48 of 51 home games overall. Its only losses in that span were to Virginia Tech in 2014, No. 5 Oklahoma in 2017 and No. 9 Michigan State in 2015.
Cincinnati finished 11th nationally last year in total defense, allowing just 303.5 yards per game and opened the 2019 season by limiting UCLA to just 218 yards.
Ohio State, meanwhile, was No. 2 in total offense last year, averaging a school-record 535.6 yards per game and registered 469 yards in last week’s win over Florida Atlantic.
UC DC/LB coach Marcus Freeman was a four-year Ohio State letterman, and coached by Luke Fickell, from 2004- 08. Freeman was a GA coach with the Buckeyes in 2010.
UC safeties coach Jon Tenuta was Ohio State’s DB coach from 1996-99 and its DC/safeties coach in 2000.
Ohio State Asst. AD for sports performance Mickey Marotti’s son, Mitch, is an operations and video assistant for the Bearcats.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati opened its 2019 season last Thursday night with a 24-14 victory over UCLA at Nippert Stadium. Quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs while Michael Warren carried the ball 26 times for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win. Defensively, the Bearcats held UCLA to just 218 total yards, including 62 on the ground.
Cincinnati has won 12 of its last 14 games dating back to the start of last season. Its only losses in that span are to UCF (38-13) and Temple (24-17, OT).
The 11 wins that UC compiled last year were the second-most in school history, only behind the 12-1 squad that went to the Sugar Bowl in 2009.
Cincinnati finished with the nation’s No. 11 unit in total defense last year, giving up an average of just 303.5 yards per game. The Bearcats also allowed just 17.2 points per game, eighth-best in the country.
Ridder was the 2018 AAC Rookie of the Year after completing nearly 63 percent of his passes for 2,445 yards and 20 TDs as a redshirt freshman last season.
Warren is the team’s leading returning rusher, posting 1,329 yards in 12 games last season – the third-highest single-season total in program history.
Three of UC’s top four tacklers from last season return in 2019 – Jarell White (58 tackles, 7.0 TFL), Bryan Wright (55 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks) and James Wiggins 54 tackles, 4 INT).