Cincinnati in a dogfight at halftime

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

So far, this isn't the romp that Cincinnati is used to on the road in Big East play.

Syracuse is hanging tough, and this game could be tied at 14 if Greg Paulus wasn't picked off by Drew Frey in the final couple of minutes in the second quarter.

One of Cincinnati's touchdowns came on what looked to be a busted field goal try. Zach Collaros was the holder, and after a bobbled snap, he scrambled and threw a touchdown pass. Other than that, though, Syracuse has mostly made Cincinnati drive the field instead of ripping off their usual explosive plays.

Jake Rogers missed a field goal at the end of the half, after Syracuse successfully pulled off the old ice-the-kicker-with-a-timeout routine.

Delone Carter has been a hoss for the Orange, dragging tacklers past the initial point of contact.

The No. 8 Bearcats need to get back on track in the second half. Not because of style points. Because they're in danger of losing this game.