College Football: Five Important Dates in Cincinnati Bearcat Football History

Michael FitzpatrickCorrespondent IApril 30, 2012

The University of Cincinnati has a rich college football tradition
The University of Cincinnati has a rich college football traditionTyler Barrick/Getty Images

The state of Ohio has a rich college football history. It's the birthplace of John Heisman, for whom the most prestigious award in the sport is named. It is also the home of the Ohio State University, one of the most tradition-rich programs in the country.

But the University of Cincinnati boasts some college football history of its own. Here are five important dates in Cincinnati college football history.


Dec. 8, 1888

The Bearcats' chief rival is Miami University. The two schools, located just 40 miles apart, have been meeting since 1888. The first game ended in a scoreless tie. That date also marked the first college football game ever played in the state of Ohio. Want more history? The series is also the oldest rivalry in college football west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The winner in the game walks away with not only bragging rights, but the Victory Bell. Miami currently leads the series 59-50-7.  


November 13,1897

That's the last time Cincinnati beat Ohio State. The final score was 24-0. Ohio State leads the lifetime series 13-2. Current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer played college football for the Bearcats.


October 31, 1914

Cincinnati was playing Kentucky. Cincinnati's star player was a Leonard K. "Teddy" Beahr. During the game the crowd began to chant "come on Beahr-cat" in honor of the school's star player. Cincinnati won the game, 14-7.

The name didn't stick until 1919 when a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter began calling the school's team Bearcats in stories.


Sept. 10, 1983

Cincinnati had been dropped to Division I-AA status that year. The Bearcats traveled to Happy Valley to take on Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions and were given little chance of winning. But Cincinnati limited Penn State to just a field goal and came away with the 14-3 win.


Jan. 1, 2009

The Bearcats made their first appearance in a BCS game in the FedEx Orange Bowl where they lost to Virginia Tech, 20-7. An estimated 9.3 million viewers watched the game on FOX.