Brian Kelly was a very successful coach at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to a 34-6 (17-4 Big East) record during his four-year tenure from 2006 to 2009.
The program made sure to remind him of that on Saturday.
Following No. 7 Cincinnati’s 24-13 win over No. 9 Notre Dame — Kelly’s current team — the Bearcats’ Twitter account released a series of videos of Kelly from his time leading the Bearcats. One of his final quips in the brief montage was, “Cincinnati is a great place to be.”
The Bearcats, favorites ahead of Saturday’s game, handed the Fighting Irish their first home loss in 27 contests. It was also Cincinnati’s first top-10 win since 2006, and their first top-10 road win in program history.
Cincinnati led the game 17-0 at halftime and put the game out of reach with a 6-yard touchdown run from quarterback Desmond Ridder; Notre Dame turned the ball over on downs in the final minutes, securing the Bearcats’ win.
Cincinnati wasn’t done there, however, posting several more times to take as many shots at Notre Dame as it could:
The Bearcats, in their fifth season under coach Luke Fickell, should rise even further in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll following their victory. Cincinnati ranked as high as No. 6 in the poll last season, and as high as No. 4 in 2009 — when it started 12-0 in the regular season under Kelly.
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