Cincinnati-Syracuse Postgame Notes


Nov. 29, 2008

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Syracuse at No. 16/16 Cincinnati - 11/29/08
Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio





  • Final score: No. 16/16 Cincinnati 30 (10-2, 6-1 BIG EAST), Syracuse 10 (3-9, 1-6 BIG EAST)
  • Cincinnati Captains: Dustin Grutza (4), DeAngelo Smith (6). Syracuse: Bruce Williams (15), Patrick Shadle (42), Tony Fiammetta (43), Jake Flaherty (45)
  • Cincinnati won the toss and elected to receive. Syracuse defended the south end zone.
  • Attendance: 34,603 - the sixth largest crowd in UC history at Nippert Stadium. In UC's six home games in 2008, the Bearcats averaged 31,964 fans per game, eclipsing last season's school-record attendance average of 30,246.
  • UC won the BIG EAST Conference title, its first outright football conference championship since 1964 when the Bearcats won the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • UC won all of its home games in 2008, the first time since the 2000 season that the Bearcats went undefeated in Nippert Stadium during a season.
  • UC has won 10 games in 2008, the second straight season that head coach Brian Kelly's teams have reached the school record win mark. It marks the first time in school history a team has recorded back-to-back 10 win seasons.
  • UC has an interception in five straight games after Corey Smith picked off his first interception of the season, and the third of his career, in the third quarter. He returned the interception 39 yards.
  • UC held Syracuse to minus-one total yards in the first quarter and held the Orange without a first down for the first 22 minutes of the game.
  • Syracuse had 59 passing yards for the game. The last time an opponent passed for less than 100 yards was Southeast Missouri State, finishing with 67 passing yards on Aug. 30, 2007.



  • Dominick Goodman has a reception in 32 straight games. He wore number 36, instead of 16, as a tribute to his father, Don Goodman, who was a standout fullback for the Bearcats in 1982-83.
  • Tony Pike finished the game with 272 passing yards and 21 yards rushing. He had two touchdown passes in the game.
  • Jake Rogers connected on a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter, snapping a streak of five missed field goals. He moved into sole possession of seventh place in school history with 24 made field goals in his career with a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter, passing Tom Dallen's 23 made field goals from 1993-94. He pushed his career total to 25 with a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter.
  • Mardy Gilyard recorded his fifth 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and his seventh career 100-plus yard receiving game. He finished with 11 receptions in the game, a season and career high.
  • Lamonte Nelms recorded his 5.5 sack of the season and the 10th of his career in the first quarter.
  • Jacob Ramsey scored his third touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard reception from Tony Pike. It was his first career touchdown reception.
  • John Goebel recorded his seventh touchdown of the season with a 10-yard run in the first quarter. He earned his first career start at running back against Syracuse and finished the game with 67 yards on 10 carries.
  • Isaiah Pead had a 13-yard carry in the second quarter, his 13th attempt of the season. He finished the game with 57 yards on eight carries.
  • Kazeem Alli scored his third touchdown of the season with a 7-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
  • Curtis Young had his fourth sack of the season in the third quarter.
  • DeAngelo Smith had a career-long 38-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.