Cincinnati vs. Syracuse Smashmouth to the end Week 10 brought together the Cincinnati Bearcats, a team that had come back from 3 straight losses to win against Louisville a week ago to maintain their perfect conference record and looking for more, and the Syracuse Orange, a team that while they've had some struggles had looked potent in weeks past and were looking to get back on track. As the season narrows down, both teams were looking at a very important game in terms of a bowl bid or even the conference championship being at stake tonight. And both teams definitely brought their A game from the first play. Syracuse started off with a bang in the first quarter, scoring right off the bat on a 68 yard rush to the endzone for a touchdown off the heels of Jerome Smith. Cincinnati sputtered out of the gate, going three-and-out on their first possession. Syracuse's next drive stalled, and on the next Cincinnati possession the Bearcats used their playaction to perfection, scoring off a Brandon Kay to Anthony McClung 25-yard touchdown pass to knot the game up at 7 at the end of the first quarter. Nothing of note occured in the second quarter, with both teams notching up their defenses and preventing each other from being able to drive down the field. The second half started with both Syracuse and Cincinnati exchanging field position. Cincinnati managed to get on the board again halfway through the third off another playaction combo between Kay and McClung to make the score 14-7. Syracuse wasted no time responding, as on their ensuing possession a potent passing attack from the Orange resulted in Ryan Nassib and Alec Lemon connecting for a 14-yard passing touchdown that tied the game at 14 going into the fourth quarter. Cincinnati's first drive of the fourth quarter showed some promise but stalled short of midfield. Syracuse received the ball on their own three yard line, and managed to chain together a couple of first downs. Then, on a third-and-short, the Bearcats dialed up the perfect pass coverage to pick off Nassib. Camerron Cheatham took the ball to the house and made the game 21-14 halfway through the fourth. Syracuse's next drive went three-and-out, and it was here were the fate of the Orange rested in Cincinnati's hands. Cincinnati took the ball to the Orange, scoring on a 35-yard run from Ralph David Abernathy to make the score 28-14 with two minutes left in the fourth. Syracuse wouldn't go down without a fight, however. A huge 59 yard touchdown from Nassib to Lemon brought the Orange back within a touchdown. Unfortunately, the ensuing onside kick went into the hands of Cincinnati, and although some flawed math from the Bearcat head coach resulted in the Orange receiving the ball with 17 seconds left after three straight kneels, they couldn't convert either of their Hail Mary attempts, and Cincinnati went home victorious, improving to 5-3 and 3-0 in conference play. Overall it was a great game. Cooloot played an excellent game, and if it weren't for the pick-six this game would've went to overtime. Here's hoping for more intense conference games in the future.