UC-Syracuse Postgame Notes

Nov. 3, 2012

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Cincinnati 35, Syracuse 24
Nov. 3, 2012 - Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 26, 180

•    Cincinnati Game Captains: Camerron Cheatham, George Winn, Austen Bujnoch and Dan Giordano. Corey Mason carried the City of Cincinnati flag onto the field as the team entered the field prior to kickoff.
•    Syracuse Game Captains: Ryan Nassib, Siriki Diabate, Shamarko Thomas and Jerome Smith.
•    Cincinnati won the toss and elected to defer. Cincinnati defends the north goal.
•    UC leads the all-time series with Syracuse 8-5, including a 4-2 advantage at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats are 7-1 against the Orange since joining the BIG EAST Conference prior to the 2005 season. With the Orange’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, today’s game was the last scheduled meeting in the series for the foreseeable future.
•    The Bearcats have won 61 games over the last seven years, the most among current members of the BIG EAST Conference.
•    UC has won its last nine games at Nippert Stadium dating back to the 2011 season opener against Austin Peay.
•    The Bearcats have eclipsed 425 yards of total offense in seven of their eight games this season. It’s the 16th time (12-4 record) UC has surpassed the 400-yard mark under head coach Butch Jones.
•    UC has run for 200 or more yards in five games this season after gaining 263 yards on the ground against Syracuse.
•    NEXT UC GAME: The Bearcats play at Temple on Saturday, Nov. 10. Game time and television information will be announced on Sunday.

•   Running back George Winn had a standout performance against the Orange rushing a career-high 30 times for a career-high 165 yards with a career-high three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown. Winn is the first Bearcat since Isaiah Pead to record at least three rushing touchdowns in a game. Pead ran for four scores against Rutgers on Nov. 20, 2010. The performance also marked Winn’s fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has run for at least 75 yards in nine consecutive games. Winn’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce in the second quarter marked Winn’s first career touchdown strike.  
•    Tight end Travis Kelce had a career-high four receptions for 77 yards and a career-high two touchdown catches against the Orange.
•    Starting quarterback Munchie Legaux completed 11 of 22 passes for 124 yards and ran six times for 39 yards.
•    Reserve quarterback Brendon Kay threw his first career touchdown pass, a 13-yard strike to Travis Kelce with 2:03 left in the third quarter. He completed all three of his passes for 32 yards and ran three times for 18 yards.
•    Wide receiver Anthony McClung had five receptions for a season-high 75 yards.
•    Linebacker Greg Blair led the UC defense with 10 total tackles against Syracuse, giving the senior 44 tackles over the past three games. He had 19 stops against Louisville and 15 at Toledo. He has totaled 10 or more stops in five games this season. Blair entered the Syracuse game as UC’s leading tackler, ranking second in the BIG EAST Conference with 73 tackles (10.4 per game).
•    Syracuse fumbled the game’s opening kickoff when UC’s Deionte Buckley forced a fumble from Syracuse returner Jeremiah Kobena at the Orange 21-yard line. UC’s Jeremy Graves recovered the fumble at the Syracuse 28-yard line. It was Buckley’s first forced fumble of his career and was Graves’ first career fumble recovery.    
•    UC’s Brandon Mills blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt by Syracuse’s Ross Krautman with 12:34 left in the second quarter.
•    UC’s Chris Williams forced Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib to fumble with 3:38 left in the third quarter. UC’s Dan Giordano recovered the loose football. It marked Williams’ first force fumble and Giordano’s first fumble recovery of the season.
•    Defensive backs freshman Trenier Orr and sophomore Adrian Witty made their first career starts Saturday for the Bearcats. Orr finished the game with a career-high nine tackles and two pass breakups. Witty recorded one tackle.

•    Running back George Winn’s 5-yard touchdown run at 13:13 in the first quarter gave UC the early lead. Tony Miliano PAT gave the Bearcats a 7-0 advantage. The rushing touchdown was Winn’s fifth of the season and seventh of his career. The scoring drive was four plays and 28 yards in 1:39.
•    Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:46 left in the first quarter. Ross Krautman converted the extra point to tie the contest at 7-7. The drive covered four plays and 11 yards in 1:00.
•    The Orange grabbed its first lead of the day when Ross Krautman connected on a 24-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter. The scoring drive covered nine plays and 38 yards in 1:53.   
•    UC regained the lead on the first play of the second quarter when George Winn took the handoff from quarterback Munchie Legaux then passed to Travis Kelce for a 37-yard touchdown score. It was Winn’s first career touchdown pass. Tony Miliano converted the extra point to put UC ahead 14-10. The drive covered six plays and 73 yards in 1:46.  
•    Syracuse grabbed a 17-14 lead at 5:22 in the second quarter when Nassib completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Alec Lemon. Ross Krautman converted the extra point. The drive covered 10 plays and 89 yards in 3:06.
•    UC regained the lead at 21-17 on the opening drive of the third quarter when George Winn ran for a 1-yard score at 10:53. Miliano converted the PAT. The drive covered 12 plays and 75 yards in 4:07.
•    The Orange took the lead back when running back Jerome Smith scored on a 1-yard run with 6:39 in the third quarter. Ross Krautman’s PAT made the score 24-21 Syracuse.  The drive covered 11 plays and 75 yards in 4:14.   
•    Brendon Kay recorded his first career touchdown pass when he found Travis Kelce for a 15-yard strike at 2:03 in the third quarter. Tony Miliano’s extra point gave UC a 28-24 lead. The drive covered three plays and 15 yards in 1:35.
•    George Winn rushed for his third touchdown of the game, a 2-yard run, with 14:22 left in the fourth quarter. Tony Miliano’s extra point extended UC’s lead to 35-24. The drive covered four plays and 47 yards in 1:04.