Cincinnati Bearcats won a huge football game against UCF in front of a nationally televised audience on Friday. But that wasn’t the school’s only victory on Friday, or over the weekend.
Football Team Picks Up HUGE Win
40,121 people packed into Nippert Stadium on Friday, including 7,825 students who all saw the Bearcats beat 18th ranked UCF 27-24, their first win over a ranked team since beating Pittsburgh in 2009.
Nippert Stadium was absolutely rocking Friday night!
The win improves Cincy’s record to 4-1 overall and puts them in the driver’s seat to win the AAC East.
- Key moments and plays from Cincinnati’s victory
- 27 observations from Friday’s win
- Assessing the road to the AAC Championship game
Everyone was a winner from this game. The school won because this was the only football game on TV on Friday night (sorry New Mexico/San Jose State) . UCF has been one of the most talked about teams in all of college football so it immediately validates and legitimizes what Luke Fickell has done at Cincinnati.
And the fans won, specifically the students because the got to experience the joy of rushing the field (even if it was a delayed, slow piling on to the field)
And most importantly, the Bearcats social media team were big winners. After an awkward “joke” earlier in the week about how the field would be painted, Cincinnati’s official twitter account made up for it by tweeting this incredible troll...
FINAL:— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) October 5, 2019
#18 Central Florida 24 pic.twitter.com/pGxu42SvqB
Lastly, to top it all off, the football team finds themselves ranked #25 heading into next Saturday’s game against Houston.
Volleyball Team Goes 2-0
Football team wasn’t the only ones to beat UCF on Friday, and end a lengthy AAC win streak. UCF’s 26 games AAC winning streak came to an end on Friday as the Bearcats beat the defending champs, thanks to superstar phenom Jordan Thompson. Thompson recorded 28 kills in the win.
Cincinnati v UCF (football game turned out similarly )— McNeil (@Reflog_18) October 5, 2019
And on Sunday, Cincinnati beat USF in 4 sets, to improve to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Jordan Thompson, once again, dominated and led the team with 37 kills on a .433 hitting performance.
Men’s Soccer Survives on the Road
Bearcats went on the road to Temple and finished with a 1-1 tie. Winning on the road is hard. Doesn’t matter the sport of the opponent, so picking up a draw is still beneficial, especially in the team’s first road conference game of the year. Junior Mason Volker scored his first goal of the season in the 13th minute. Bearcats improved to 3-6-1.
Women’s Soccer Team is Smart
No game this past weekend, but it was announced that the women had a combined GPA of 3.79 in 2018-19. That is the best in the nation for women’s soccer.
The women are 4-5-2, and 2-0 in conference play, which includes their last two games. Both wins came on the road against Temple and UConn and they play Memphis in their AAC home opener on Thursday of this week.
Midnight Madness Rules
All indications are that Midnight Madness was a big success. I mean, there were no rappers or stripper poles, but there was dancing and some drills. Fans got to see guys like Mika Adams-Woods, Zach Harvey, and Jaevin Cumberland, who are all new to the program and could play big roles in 2019. The newer Cumberland won the three point shootout.
The other big event was the dunk contest.
Coach John Brannen, before the event, made a few announcements about the health of his roster
- Jarron Cumberland has not practiced and has no timetable to do so. He is dealing with an ankle problem that apparently plagued him last year
- Jeremiah Davenport is recovering from surgery and is likely out until December. This didn’t come from Brannen, but it wouldn’t shock me if this was a redshirt season for Davenport.
- Trevor Moore is out approximately six weeks, recovering from an Achilles issue.
- Prince Toyambi is out indefinitely with an unknown ailment.