Cincinnati At Syracuse: Orange Lose Fourth Straight, 30-13

Syracuse has a fourth chance to gain bowl eligibility on Saturday, when the Orange host the Cincinnati Bearcats in search of an elusive sixth win.

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Cincinnati At Syracuse: Orange Lose Fourth Straight, 30-13

The Syracuse Orange lost their fourth consecutive game today and remain on the outside looking in for College Bowl Season. After a 30-13 loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Orange now sit at 5-6. They still need one more win to gain bowl eligibility, and it will have to come against the Panthers of Pittsburgh, where they travel to next week. 

The Orange had more first downs than the Bearcats, more total yards, fewer penalties, and won time of possession. However; they were inept on third down all day and lost the turnover battle 1-0.

Quarterback Ryan Nassib finished 19-38 for 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Running back Antwon Bailey racked up 135 yards on 27 carries.

Syracuse is now 5-6 on the season and 1-5 in the Big East. The travel to Pittsburgh to play the 5-6 Panthers (3-3 in the Big East) next week. An Orange loss will guarantee them at least a share of last place in the Big East.

-- For more Syracuse football coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Nunes Magician.

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Cincinnati At Syracuse: Orange Trail 23-13 After Three

The 5-5 Syracuse Orange trail the 7-3 Cincinnati Bearcats 23-13 in the Carrier Dome, heading into the fourth quarter of action. Syracuse will have some work to do in the final 15 minutes if they want to avoid their fourth consecutive loss and keep hope alive for bowl eligibility. 

Despite the 10-deficit the teams have played relatively similar games statistically. Cincy has 17 first downs to 'Cuse's 14. The total yards tally is 292 Cincy, 236 for Syracuse. Neither team has a turnover and both teams have accumulated 5+ penalties. 

The two big differences in the team's games and the two biggest reasons Cincy owns a double-digit lead is their pass rush and third down effiecieny. Cincy has sacked Ryan Nassib four times and allowed no sacks offensively. They've also converted of five of 11 third downs, compared to two of 10 for Syracuse.

The fourth quarter of the game can be seen on ESPN3. Cincinnati will start the fourth quarter with the ball. 

-- For more Syracuse football coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Nunes Magician.

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Cincinnati At Syracuse: Orange Trail 10-6 At Halftime

The Syracuse Orange – still in search of  their sixth win of the season for bowl eligibility – trail the Cincinnati Bearcats 10-6 at halftime Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Orange held a 3-0 lead after one and kicked a second field goal with five and change remaining in the half to take a 6-3 lead. Immediately following 'Cuse's second field goal of the day, Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux led a 71-yard touchdown drive in three minutes to take a 10-6 lead with two minutes remaining. The score remains the same as the teams head into the locker room, the Orange down four.

It's been a penalty-filled first half. The Bearcats have seven for 55 yards and the Orange have four for 34 yards. Both teams have had the ball for a relatively equal amount of time thus far. Cincy has out-gained 'Cuse 203 to 155. 

The second half of the game can be seen on ESPN3. Cincinnati will receive the ball to start the third quarter.

-- For more Syracuse football coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Nunes Magician.

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Cincinnati At Syracuse: Orange Lead 3-0 After One Quarter

Sitting at 5-2 after a dominating home victory over the then 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, the Syracuse Orange were sitting pretty in the Big East and well on their way to bowl eligibility. Since then the Orange have lost three consecutive games and are in serious danger of finishing the season without bowl eligibility. Today they host the 7-3 Cincinnati Bearcats, and lead 3-0 after a quarter.

The only points during the first quarter of today's game came via a 40-yard field goal from Ross Krautman less than three minutes into the game. Neither team gained over 100 total yards – 87 for the Bearcats and 65 for the Orange. Cincy has had the ball for more than twice the amount Syracuse has, but already has three penalties for 25 yards.

The remainder of the game can been seen on ESPN3. Syracuse will begin the second quarter with the football. 

-- For more Syracuse football coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Nunes Magician.

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Cincinnati Vs. Syracuse: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Syracuse Orange will play host to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday at noon ET live on ESPN2/Big East Network from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

As we highlighted right here on SB Nation in our pre-game preview, most of the talk surrounding Saturday's Big East battle is centered on the suspension of Syracuse starting safety Phillip Thomas, who was suspended last week for one year following a violation of athletic department policy.

Syracuse is still gunning for bowl eligibility despite its recent collapse, evidenced by a three-game losing streak including last week's 37-17 loss to the South Florida Bulls. Cincy is also licking its wounds following consecutive losses, having been whipped by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last week by a score of 20-3.

Odds Shark has the Orange giving two points (-2) with an over/under of 50.

Game date, time: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at 12 p.m. ET

Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York

TV channel: ESPN2/Big East Network

Spread: Syracuse is giving two points (-2)

Series history: Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 6-5

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Cincinnati Bearcats blog Down The Drive and Syracuse Orange blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. Here’s the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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