Vols Host Cincinnati, Sat. at 3:30 p.m.
TENNESSEE (1-0) vs. CINCINNATI (1-0)
September 10, 2011 | 3:30 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville
THE CINCINNATI GAME
- Saturday's game is the sixth meeting between Tennessee and Cincinnati and the first since 1992. The Vols are 4-1 all-time vs. the Bearcats, and all five games have been played in Knoxville.
- The last meeting between UT and UC was in 1992, with Tennessee winning 40-0.
- The Vols are 15-4 (.789) all-time against current Big East members, with the last meeting happening on Sept. 28, 2002, a 35-14 win over Rutgers.
- Cincinnati's 18 returning starters are tied for the second-most the Vols will face in 2011. The Bearcats appeared in BCS bowl games in two of the last three seasons, facing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl following the 2008 season and Florida in the Sugar Bowl following the 2009 season.
- 2011 is the 11th consecutive year in which the Vols have played a non-conference game against a school from a BCS conference or Notre Dame.
- The Tennessee Vols continue their 115th season with a 3:36 p.m. kickoff Saturday (Sept. 10) against the Cincinnati Bearcats from the BIG EAST Conference. Saturday's game is televised on ESPN2.
- Tennessee will attempt to win its sixth consecutive regular-season game, the longest streak for the program since a nine-game winning streak from 2003-04, encompassing the last six games in `03 and the first three games in `04. UT has won five regular-season games in a row, the longest streak for the Vols since winning the last five to close the regular season in 2007.
- The Cincinnati game marks the third consecutive year (fourth time in six years) that the Vols have opened with at least two consecutive games at home. Cincinnati is the first non-conference opponent from a BCS league other than the Pac-12 (and excluding Notre Dame) the Vols have played in the regular season since Duke of the ACC in 2003.
A Tennessee Win Would...
- Give the Vols a 2-0 start for the first time since 2006, when they defeated California and Air Force to open the season, while also giving UT a 5-1 edge in the all-time series over Cincinnati.
- Extend Tennessee's regular-season winning streak to six games, the longest streak for the program since 2003-04.
- Improve UT to 10-5 in its last 15 non-SEC games, dating to a 35-3 win over UAB on Sept. 13, 2008.
- Improve the all-time record for the Tennessee football program to 791-340-53 (.690), while the record vs. current BIG EAST members would improve to 16-4 (.800).
- Snap a five-game losing streak to non-conference opponents from BCS leagues (including bowl games). since the 2008 season opener at UCLA (2010 UNC, Oregon; 2009 Va. Tech, UCLA; 2008 UCLA). A win would also snap a four-game losing streak to non-conference BCS schools in regular-season games only since the season opener vs. California in 2007 (2010 Oregon, 2009 UCLA, 2008 UCLA, 2007 California).
Season Opener - Tennessee 42, Montana 16
- On Sept. 3 at Neyland Stadium, Tennessee defeated Montana, 42-16. WR Justin Hunter recorded career highs in receptions (6) and yards receiving (146), while WR Da'Rick Rogers also posted 100 yards receiving, marking the 18th time in school history in which a tandem of Vols posted 100-yard receiving days.
- Tennessee recorded its 16th consecutive season-opening win since 1996 while also winning its first game at home for the 17th consecutive year since 1995.
- The win was the seventh consecutive over an unranked Division I FBS opponent at home, dating to a 45-19 win over Georgia on Oct. 10, 2009.
- Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns.