Running out the clock: Week 13 edition

News and notes from Syracuse University's crushing loss to the University of Cincinnati, 30-13.

Here’s my recap of the game, a 30-13 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East). “Obviously, I’m upset. I don’t even think I can explain how I feel," Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said following the game. 

Despite the score, the Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East) offense was still effective offensively in this game. SU amassed more yards and first downs on offense than Cincinnati, 373 to 368 and 22 to 18, respectively. 

Even in the loss, Antwon Bailey had one of the biggest games of his career. Bailey rushed for 135 yards in the game, a career-high.  He also crossed 2,000 rushing yards for his career, with 2,091. 

Wide receiver Alec Lemon is attacking the Syracuse record books this season. His three receptions in the game give him 60 for the season, tying the junior with Mike Williams and Kevin Johnson for the Syracuse single-season record.

Tight end Nick Provo likewise continued his standout play this season. He finished the game with three receptions for 47 yards and the Orange’s lone touchdown. He also caught a pass for the 24th consecutive game, good for fifth all-time in Syracuse history.

Another senior returned to prominence in this game as Van Chew, who hadn’t topped 50 yards receiving since the Rhode Island game, finished with 77 receiving yards on six catches.
Jonathan Fisher had one of his best days in a Syracuse uniform. The freshman averaged 42.8 yards on his six punts, including a high a 54 yards.
Your leader in tackles this week is Chandler Jones with eight, including seven solo stops. Jeremi Wilkes and Shamarko Thomas both tied for second place, as each finished with six tackles.
With his defensive performance, Jones tied a career-high in solo tackles, and moved to 11th place on Syracuse’s career tackles by a down lineman list. The man ahead of him is his brother, Arthur Jones, who had 145.
With all the talk of Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros and his injury, it was easy to forget that the Bearcats still had Isaiah Pead. Pead made his impact felt on Saturday, with 246 total yards, a 24-yard rushing touchdown and a 69-yard receiving touchdown.
Jordan Luallen also had a big day for the Bearcats. Luallen, who has recorded statistics in three games this season, ran for 77 yards against the Orange. He also nearly scored two touchdowns, but he was downed on the one-yard-line both times.

Cincinnati’s Maalik Bomar had an incredible game. The junior linebacker finished with five tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Bomar was also involved in a large collision with Syracuse running back Jerome Smith that left the former dazed on the field.

Munchie Legaux had an impressive week, throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Cincinnati victory. Then again, 69 of those yards came on one play, a touchdown toss to Pead.

Next week sees the Orange travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, P.A. to face the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-6, 3-3 Big East) at 12 p.m. The Panthers, despite still having their original starting quarterback in Tino Sunseri, could be facing the loss of Zach Brown, a transfer from Wisconsin, at running back after losing original starter Ray Graham due to injury. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2.


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