CINCINNATI -- Quick halftime review from Nippert Stadium, where Syracuse leads Cincinnati 17-7:
Turning point: Two Cincinnati fumbles led to 10 Syracuse points. The Bearcats fumbled in their backfield near their own 20, resulting in an Orange touchdown run. One snap from scrimmage later, and Cincinnati's D.J. Woods lost the ball after catching a screen pass. Syracuse turned that into a field goal and a 17-0 lead. The Bearcats have the worst turnover margin in the Big East, and it continues to hurt them.
Stat of the half: Cincinnati, the Big East's most powerful offense, has just 106 total yards at halftime, and 62 of those yards came on the lone touchdown drive after the Orange went up 17-0. The Bearcats aren't the same team without injured quarterback Zach Collaros, and Syracuse's defense is once again doing a great job of disguising coverages and applying pressure.
Best player in the half: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is 13-of-18 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Not dazzling, but Nassib has made some key throws on third down to keep drives alive.
Best call: Syracuse went for it on 4th-and-3 early in the second quarter, and Nassib connected with Nick Provo for a 19-yard gain inside the Cincinnati 20. That led to the game's first score. Conversely, the Bearcats chose not to go for it on 4th-and-2 from midfield in the final two minutes after they had started to build some momentum.