Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, November 3 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
Sirius 136; XM 195
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 13th meeting between Cincinnati and Syracuse in a series that dates to 1993 … The Bearcats hold a 7-5 series lead and have won six of the seven BIG EAST meetings … Cincinnati was a 30-13 winner last year at the Carrier Dome, while Syracuse scored a 31-7 win in 2010, when the teams last played at Nippert Stadium.
SYRACUSE (4-4, 3-1 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
21-24, fourth season
Syracuse improved to 3-1 in the BIG EAST with a 37-36 win at USF … The twice overcame significant deficits against the Bulls, erasing a 20-point margin early in the third quarter and rallying from nine points down to get the winning touchdown with three seconds left … It was the first time in school history that Syracuse won after trailing by at least 20 points … The Orange are 4-0 when they have had fewer, or the same number of turnovers as their opponent and 0-4 when they have finished with more turnovers than their opponent … Syracuse leads the BIG EAST in passing offense (310.9 yards per game) and is ranked 16th nationally in that category … QB Ryan Nassib is the BIG EAST individual leader in passing (310.9 ypg) … Nassib has thrown for 2,487 yards and 17 touchdowns on 203-of-310 passing … RB Jerome Smith is sixth in the BIG EAST in rushing (76.9 ypg) and is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games… WR Marcus Sales is second in the BIG EAST in both receptions (5.8 per game) and receiving yards (83.8 ypg) … S Shamarko Thomas has a team-high 52 tackles with two interceptions … DE Brandon Sharpe has 5.5 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss … Sharpe ranks second in the BIG EAST in both sacks and tackles for loss.
-/rv CINCINNATI (5-2, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
19-13, third season at Cincinnati
45-25, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati looks to snap a two-game losing streak that came after the Bearcats had won eight in a row … The two losses were by a combined nine points, including a 34-31 setback to Louisville in overtime last Saturday … The Bearcats have averaged 34.1 points per game … RB George Winn ranks second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 101.2 yards per game … Winn has rushed for 732 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry … QB Munchie Legaux is sixth in the conference in passing (227.4 ypg) and has completed 109 of 208 passes for 1,592 yards and 13 touchdowns with eight interceptions … RB Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging 145.1 all-purpose yards per game, good for second in the conference … WR Kembrell Thompkins has 21 catches for 322 yards, while WR Damon Julian has a tema-high four touchdown receptions … LB Greg Blair has a team-high 73 tackles to go with 1.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups … DE Walter Stewart, who has a team-high five sacks and seven tackles for loss, missed the game against Louisville with an undisclosed upper body injury.