Sunday, September 10, 2000
Syracuse laments missed opportunities
The Associated Press
Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni lamented the missed scoring opportunities that came back to haunt the No. 24 Orangemen in a last-second 12-10 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.
In this game, one play here and one play there could make a difference, said Pasqualoni. We have to do a better job of putting points on the board. For whatever reason, we couldn't get it done tonight.
You can't turn the ball over on a kickoff and you can't have a field goal blocked.
Cincinnati blocked Mike Shafer's 43-yard attempt late in the third quarter, and Pat Woodcock fumbled a kickoff. Both miscues led to UC field goals.
Troy Nunes threw only eight passes last week against Buffalo, because the Orangemen were able to run for 304 yards. Finding the Bearcats less tractable, Nunes was 8-of-12 for 102 yards in just the first half. He finished 21-of-30 for 221 yards.
In our minds, it should never have come down to that (last-second field goal), Nunes said. Everybody is disappointed right now. We came into the week with a lot of confidence. The quarterback's job is to score points and win games, and I didn't do either.
Five Syracuse players who were suspended for one game for unspecified violations of team rules made their first start of the season.
Running back James Mungro rushed eight times for 29 yards. Rickie Simpkins was credited with eight tackles, four unassisted; Duke Pettijohn had seven tackles, three unassisted. The offensive linemen returning were P.J. Alexander and Vaughn Smith.
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