Scores

Final

Syracuse 37

(4-2, 0-1 ACC)

Tulane 34

(2-4, 1-1 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS, LA

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 10 21 0 637
TULN 7 17 3 734

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin (TULN) - 320 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Bailey (SYR) - 24 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: X. Rush (TULN) - 4 REC, 135 YDS, 2 TD

Ross Krautman's 21-yard field goal sinks Tulane

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Ross Krautman kicked a 21-yard field goal as the clock expired, earning Syracuse a 37-34 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.

Syracuse (4-2) raced out to a 17-point lead in the first half, which Tulane (2-4) overcame to tie the score at 34-34 in the fourth quarter.

A roughing-the-passer penalty on Tulane's Dezman Moses prolonged Syracuse's final offensive possession and the Orange's offense did the rest, running out the clock and setting up the decisive points as it capped its perfect record against nonconference opponents.

"We came out strong and got to that 17-point lead, but we weren't able to put them away," Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said. "I think they did a nice job coming back and made some big plays."

Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 19 of 34 passes, including two touchdowns, and rushed for another score, helping thwart the Green Wave's comeback attempt. Running back Antwon Bailey also carried a heavy load, gaining 111 yards.

Tulane racked up 471 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Ryan Griffin's 320 yards passing and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to avoid a three-game losing streak.

A game dominated by offense in the first half gave way to a defensive struggle, and it was Syracuse's special teams that sent the Orange home with a victory.

"I'm shocked right now," Griffin said. "The guys did a great job of fighting. We came out to prove what kind of team we were and we did that, but fell short."

Tulane sent a strong message at the game's onset when running back Orleans Darkwa broke free from 40 yards away to cap an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the game's opening possession.

Syracuse answered just 16 seconds later when Antwon Bailey plunged into the end zone from 5 yards out, taking advantage of the field position provided by Jeremiah Kobena's 79-yard kickoff return.

The Orange's next possession took considerably longer but ended in fewer points, when they were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Krautman after a 14-play, 69-yard drive stalled 12 yards shy of the end zone.

Neither offense was slowed in a frenetic second quarter that featured 38 combined points and 541 offensive yards.

Less than three minutes into the period, Syracuse's Nassib found receiver Dorian Graham in the corner of the end zone from 10 yards out to extend the Orange's lead to 17-7.

When Tulane's Albert Williams fumbled a lateral from receiver Wilson Van Hooser, it set Syracuse up at the 32-yard line. From there, the Orange needed just four plays to score on Nassib's 4-yard touchdown run.

Syracuse forced another turnover on the Green Wave's next possession when Dan Vaughn blindsided Griffin. The ball was jarred loose and Marquis Spruill recovered near midfield.

"We made some mistakes that basically cost us the football game," Tulane coach Bob Toledo said. "There are always a handful of plays that turn the course of the game."

Following the errors, Tulane's offense found its stride for the rest of the quarter. Darkwa's second touchdown came on a 1-yard run which capped a four play, 75-yard drive and trimmed Syracuse's advantage to 24-14.

Once again, the Orange answered in a hurry. Within three minutes Graham pounded in his second touchdown of the night from a yard away, pushing Syracuse's lead to 31-14.

However, Tulane didn't waste any time responding. On the second play of the ensuing possession, Griffin found receiver Xavier Rush streaking down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown pass.

"(Toledo) gave me a chance to make plays, and that's all I wanted was a chance to make plays," Rush said. "Hopefully, the chances keep coming and the outcome will be a win next time."

The half ended when Tulane's Cairo Santos connected on a 42-yard field goal as the clock expired, slicing the lead to 31-24.

Santos opened the scoring in the second half as well, when he converted a 49-yard field goal. However, Santos failed to tie the score on his next attempt when he missed from 45 yards away.

Krautman connected on his second field goal attempt to push Syracuse's lead to 34-27 and Tulane knotted the score when Rush scored his second touchdown on a 58-yard pass from Griffin, setting up the dramatic finish.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
TULN
1st Downs2118
Total Yards356471
Passing186355
Rushing170116
Penalties4-407-75
3rd Down Conversions7-155-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers02
Possession31:4428:16

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib19/341865.520
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin24/3032010.720

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey241114.6121
Graham22211.0012
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa15654.3240
Kelley2147.0012

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Graham45513.8229
Provo33913.0021
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rush413533.8260
Suchy24824.0035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRTULN
TD11:44Orleans Darkwa 40 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 07
TD11:28Antwon Bailey 5 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 77
FG01:36Ross Krautman 29 Yd 107
SECOND QUARTERSYRTULN
TD12:11Dorian Graham 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 177
TD09:07Ryan Nassib 4 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 247
TD05:55Orleans Darkwa 1 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 2414
TD02:58Dorian Graham 1 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 3114
TD02:11Xavier Rush 60 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 3121
FG00:00Cairo Santos 42 Yd 3124
THIRD QUARTERSYRTULN
FG04:13Cairo Santos 49 Yd 3127
FOURTH QUARTERSYRTULN
FG04:19Ross Krautman 32 Yd 3427
TD02:53Xavier Rush 58 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 3434
FG00:00Ross Krautman 21 Yd 3734