Nov. 23, 2011
The University of Cincinnati football team heads back on the road for the final time in the regular season, looking to snap a two-game slide against Syracuse University, Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Bearcats (7-3, 3-2) sit in a five-way tie for third place in the BIG EAST Conference standings with Pittsburgh and West Virginia and behind first place Rutgers and Louisville (4-2). UC is coming off a 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
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- Series Record: UC leads 6-5
- Last Meeting: 10/30/10 @ UC (SU W, 31-10)
- In Syracuse: Tied 3-3
- Rankings (AP/Coaches): rv/na
- 2011 Record: 7-3, 3-2 BIG EAST
- Last Game: Nov. 19, 2011 in Piscataway, N.J., UC lost to Rutgers 20-3
- Head Coach: Butch Jones
- Record at UC (Years): 11-11 (2nd)
- Career Record (Years): 38-24 (5th)
- vs. Syracuse: 0-1
- Rankings (AP/Coaches): na/na
- 2011 Record: 5-5, 1-4 BIG EAST
- Last Game: Nov. 12, 2011 in Syracuse, N.Y., SU lost to USF 37-17
- Head Coach: Doug Marrone
- Record at School (Years): 17-18 (2nd)
- Career Record (Years): Same
- vs. UC: 1-0
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UC Game Notes | Syracuse Game Notes | BIG EAST Notes
- Saturday marks the 12th meeting between Cincinnati and Syracuse. UC leads the all-time series 6-5 with the margin knotted at three apiece in the Carrier Dome. This is the third-straight season UC will face the Orange with a backup QB under center.
- Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the UC program. Jones most recently led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances. He holds a 38-24 overall record and a 25-10 mark in league games.
- DOUG MARRONE is in his 2nd season at Syracuse with a 17-18 school and career record. The 1991 Syracuse grad took the Orange to the Pinstripe Bowl in his first season heading the program. He is 1-0 against the Bearcats.
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
- The University of Cincinnati, one of the five oldest football programs in college football, is in its 124th football season with an all-time record of 558-553-51 (.503).
- Head coach Butch Jones is in his second season at the helm of the program, returning 16 starters, including nine on defense.
- UC returned the league’s retuning passer (Zach Collaros), rusher (Isaiah Pead), tackler (JK Schaffer) and leader in all-purpose yards and receptions (DJ Woods) along with 51 letterwinners from 2010.
- With its 7-3 record, UC has surpassed its 2010 win total (4) and is bowl eligible after not playing in the postseason a year ago.
- UC can clinch a share of the league title by winning its next two games and would be the league’s BCS representative with a pair of wins and a loss by Rutgers (at Connecticut) and West Virginia (vs. Pittsburgh, at USF). UC holds tiebreakers over UofL and Pitt.
- Entering the week, UC leads the BIG EAST in rushing defense (93.6), net punting (39.2), 4th-down conversions (.545), fewest pentalties (40.0) and turnover margin (+10/1.0).
- UC ranks in the NCAA FBS Top-10 in tackles for a loss (8.6/2), sacks (3.3/4), turnover margin (+10-1.0/7) and rushing defense (93.6/7).
- Cincinnati’s defense has 30 sacks in its last eight games.
- QB Zach Collaros will miss UC’s last 3 regular season games after suffering a broken right ankle in the second quarter against WVU.
- QB Munchie Legaux made his first collegiate start at Rutgers and threw for 155 yards.
- LB JK Schaffer is the BIG EAST’s active leader in tackles with 312 career stops. He needs 11 stops to break the 100-tackle mark for the third-straight season, and would become the fifth UC player all-time to achieve that mark along with: Hassan Champion/1996-98, Phillip Curry/1994-97, Brad Jackson/1995-97 and Karl Woods/1978-80.
- RB Isaiah Pead leads the BIG EAST in scoring, averaging 7.2 points per game. His 12 TDs is the most of all league players. Pead needs 38 yards on the ground to become the first player in 25 seasons (Reggie Taylor/1984-86) to break the 1,000-yard plateau in back-to-back seasons. He also needs nine yards to become UC’s third RB in history with 3,000 or more career yards.
- P Pat O’Donnell leads the league, averaging 44.5 yards per punt.
- DT Derek Wolfe leads the BIG EAST in tackles for a loss (1.45) and is third in sacks (0.7).
- DE’s Walter Stewart and Monte Taylor are tied for the league lead with three forced fumbles apiece.