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Orange Football: SU Heads to Cincinnati on Saturday

The Syracuse football seeks its third straight win on Saturday, Nov. 3 when it visits Nippert Stadium for a BIG EAST Conference game versus Cincinnati (12PM.)
Syracuse (4-4, 3-1 BIG EAST) at Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Date & Time Saturday, Nov. 3 | 12 p.m.
Location Cincinnati, Ohio | Nippert Stadium (35,000)
Television BIG EAST Network
Radio Syracuse IMG Sports Network/ WTKW 99.5/ ESPN 97.7
Game Notes Syracuse | Cincinnati
Live Audio SUathletics.com (Orange All Access)
Live Stats GoBearcats.com
Social Media Facebook | @Cuse | #OrangeNation

(SU ATHLETICS) - The Syracuse football seeks its third straight win on Saturday, Nov. 3 when it visits Nippert Stadium for a BIG EAST Conference game versus Cincinnati (12 p.m.; BIG EAST Network). The Orange (4-4, 3-1 BIG EAST) has won three of its last four, including a come-from-behind 37-36 win against USF. Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) opened up the season with fight straight wins before losing its past two games at Toledo and Louisville.
Syracuse vs. Cincinnati
The Bearcats hold a 7-5 advantage in the series against the Orange. In its most recent meeting, Cincinnati defeated Syracuse, 30-13, at the Carrier Dome in 2011. Syracuse won the first three games against the Bearcats in 1993, 1994 and 1998. SU's victory in 2004 was its 100th win in the Carrier Dome.  
When discussing the Cincinnati game and all SU football games this season on Twitter, fans are encouraged to include the hashtag #OrangeNation. Make sure to follow Syracuse on Twitter: @Cuse, Facebook: Syracuse Orange, and instagram: syracuseathletics.
Breaking Down the Numbers : Offense Analysis
623: The number of plays the SU offense has run so far this season
311: The number of pass plays
312: The number of running plays
1,208: The number of yards generated by the run game, which includes nine touchdowns
3.9: The average number of yards per carry
2,487: The number of yards the aerial attack has totaled, which includes 17 touchdowns
12.3: The average number of yards per completion
3,695: The total yards of offense (453.3 yards per game) the Syracuse offense has generated in its first seven games
BIG EAST Leaders
The Orange leads the BIG EAST in passing offense (310.9 ypg), first downs (25.5 per game), and total offense (461.9 ypg). Nationally, Syracuse is 16th in the NCAA in passing, 13th in first downs and 24th in total offense.
More Total Offense Nuggets
Syracuse has topped 500 yards of total offense four times in 2012 (Northwestern, Stony Brook, UConn, and USF). This marks the first time the Orange has had four games with least 500 yards of offense in one season (research goes back to 1949). Against Connecticut, the Orange rushed for 251 yards and passed for 251 yards, eclipsing the 250-yard mark in both categories for the first time since (Sept. 14, 2002 versus Rhode Island (280 yards rushing, 349 passing).
Nassib's Magic Number
Ryan Nassib is the first SU signal caller to record five 300-yard passing games in the same season. His three consecutive 300-yard games to open 2012 (Northwestern, USC, Stony Brook) is a school record. In addition, Nassib threw for 328 yards at USF on Oct. 27 to become the Orange's career leader with six 300-yard passing games.
West Makes a Terrific Trio
In addition to Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales, receiver Jarrod West is having a breakout season. He has 34 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns. West is averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game. Lemon and Sales have combined for 280 career receptions. Lemon is program's all-time leader with 166 catches, while Sales is sixth (114). They are the first pair of SU teammates to each have 100 receptions.
Behind Enemy Lines
Syracuse ranks 11th in the NCAA, and leads the BIG EAST in tackles for loss at 7.5 per game. The Orange has 60.0 tackles for a loss of 224 yards so far in 2012, including 16 sacks. Defensive end Brandon Sharpe leads SU, and ranks second in the BIG EAST with 11.0 TFLs. In addition to Sharpe, Dyshawn Davis (9.0), Marquis Spruill (5.5), Siriki Diabate (5.0), Deon Goggins (5.0) and Markus Pierce-Brewster (5.0) have at least 5.0 tackles for a loss this season.
Block that Kick
Sophomore Durell Eskeridge blocked a punt at USF in the third quarter to set up a Syracuse touchdown. The score was the second in an SU rally that closed a 20-point halftime deficit. It was the first time SU b locked a punt since 2008.
Looking Ahead
SU returns to the Carrier Dome for a Homecoming contest against Louisville on November 10.

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