Cincinnati 35 - Syracuse 24: That Old Familiar Feeling

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

After erasing doubts, the Orange reminded everyone they are still capable of thoroughly beating themselves like they did in a 35-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday.

The Syracuse Orange will need to win two of their final games in order to qualify for a bowl game this season. With an undefeated Louisville squad and a road game against the Missouri Tigers in the coming weeks, the odds don't look too good.

The odds look infinitely worse when you figure that the Orange are still capable of thoroughly beating themselves like they did in a 35-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday.

The Orange gained 479 yards of total offense, yet failed to capitalize on several big chances and committed too many penalties in a 35-24 loss to Cincinnati in front of 26,180 fans at Nippert Stadium.

In what has become a recurring theme this season, SU left too many points on the field and failed to stop a the Bearcats offense that flourished despite a struggling quarterback who gave way to a backup in the second half.

How do you lose a football game in which you force three turnovers and gain 474 yards? You cough up two turnovers of your own, including one on the opening kick-off, rack up 12 penalties for 104 yards, drop sure interceptions, let a field goal get blocked, miss another try and however many else mistakes.

There was a lot of hope going into this game. While we were split on the predictions, I think most everyone expected the Orange to compete and to have the opportunity to win the game. They were right on that front.

What's most frustrating is that no matter how many times you think this team has improved and put it's mistakes behind them, they remind you that it's the games in which they don't make mistakes that are actually the anomalies.

Like I said, very tough two-game stretch coming up (don't tell me Missouri stinks, do you trust this SU team on the road to beat them?). After that, the Temple game is certainly winnable but...again...do you trust? The unfortunate truth is that a win over Temple could very well end up being a moral victory now.

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