Neither Syracuse nor Cincinnati has looked particularly sharp. The Bearcats, who have to win out to clinch at least a share of the Big East title, have been plagued by mistakes once again. Tony Miliano missed a field goal; backup quarterback Jordan Luallen, tripped over himself en route to a sure touchdown; and a running into the kicker penalty allowed Syracuse a second chance at a field goal.
Several false start penalties have been particularly costly. On the drive in which Luallen tripped, Cincinnati had a first-and-goal at the 1 but the Bearcats were eventually backed up to the 11. Cincinnati was more content putting the ball in the hands of Luallen and Legaux early, but finally started feeding the ball to Isaiah Pead.
He had a big role in getting the Bearcats into position for their first touchdown since the West Virginia game. Legaux threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Travis Kelce to put Cincinnati up 10-6.
Syracuse has made mistakes, too, off the bye week. Ryan Nassib has missed open receivers again, and Syracuse is just 1-of-6 on third down. The Orange need one more win to become bowl-eligible.