- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Time for our final regular-season installment of did you know? Thanks to the school sports information directors for these notes today and all season long.
Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey needs 2 yards rushing against the Panthers to reach 1,000 yards for the season. Should he get them, Bailey would become the 10th Syracuse back to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. Syracuse has had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last three seasons (Curtis Brinkley - 2008; Delone Carter - 2009, 2010).
Bailey recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing game against Cincinnati with a career-high 135 yards, which ties for the most 100-yard games in the Big East this season with Lyle McCombs of UConn.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib needs 88 yards to set the school's single-season passing mark of 2,547, set by Marvin Graves in 1993. He also needs one more touchdown pass to tie the single-season passing mark of 22, held by Donovan McNabb (1998) and Don McPherson (1987).
Syracuse receivers Van Chew, Alec Lemon and tight end Nick Provo have combined for 141 receptions, or 59.2 percent (141-238) of Syracuse's total catches this season. All three members of the trio have more than 400 yards receiving, and they’ve combined to catch 16 of Syracuse’s 22 passing touchdowns.
McCombs is the second-leading freshman rusher in the nation behind Giovani Bernard of North Carolina. McCombs is averaging 100.82 yards a game; Bernard is averaging 101.83.
UConn has won two of the last three against Cincinnati.
The Huskies need a win to go to their fifth straight bowl game. They are 3-1 in Big East home games and 0-2 on the road in league games.
UConn has never won in Cincinnati. The Huskies are 0-4 all-time on the road against the Bearcats, including a tough 47-45 shootout loss there two years ago.
Pitt has won six straight over Syracuse.
Over the past four games, Pitt opponents are only 10 of 50 on third down, a 20 percent conversion rate (Louisville 3 of 11; Cincinnati 2 of 13; Connecticut 3 of 14; West Virginia 2 of 12).
Pitt has recorded at least one sack in each of the past 23 games. The Panthers were last held without a sack on Sept. 2, 2010, a 27-24 overtime loss at Utah.
The Pitt pass defense has improved since September. Over their last six contests, the Panthers have given up an average of 187.7 yards through the air. That average is down from the season's opening five games, when Pitt gave up 289.6 per game.
Cincinnati linebacker JK Schaffer needs six tackles to break the 100-tackle mark for the third straight season, and would become the fifth Cincinnati player all-time to achieve that mark along with: Hassan Champion (1996-98), Phillip Curry (1994-97), Brad Jackson (1995-97) and Karl Woods(1978-80).
Running back Isaiah Pead is the first Cincinnati player in 25 seasons (Reggie Taylor, 1984-86) to break the 1,000-yard plateau in back-to-back seasons.