Scores

Final

Syracuse 37

(4-4, 3-1 ACC)

South Florida 36

(2-6, 0-4 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 27, 2012

Raymond James Stadium, TAMPA, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 3 0 21 1337
USF 10 13 3 1036

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nassib (SYR) - 328 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: L. Lamar (USF) - 10 CAR, 145 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Sales (SYR) - 9 REC, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Syracuse scores TD with 3 seconds left to finish comeback against USF

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ryan Nassib threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Alec Lemon with 3 seconds left as Syracuse rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat South Florida 37-36 Saturday night.

Nassib, who finished with four TD passes, all coming in the second half, marched the Orange (4-4, 3-1 Big East) 75 yards in 1:20 for the winning score. He had helped cut Syracuse's deficit to 33-31 on a TD pass to Marcus Sales, a 19-yarder with 7:17 left.

After blowing a 23-3 halftime advantage, USF (2-6, 0-4) regained the lead, 26-24, on Maikon Bonani's 41-yard field goal with 2:15 left in the third. The Bulls went up 33-24 just over four minutes into the fourth when B.J. Daniels threw a 30-yard TD pass to Andre Davis.

Bonani's school-record fifth field goal of the game, a 47-yarder, made it 36-31 with 1:27 remaining. The Bulls have lost six games in a row.

Nassib, the Big East passing leader, completed 27 of 40 passes for 328 yards. Jerome Smith rushed for 127 yards on 28 carries for the Orange.

USF had won six of the seven previous meetings between the teams since joining the league in 2005, with the lone loss against the Orange coming home at Raymond James Stadium two years ago. The Bulls have dropped 12 of their last 13 Big East games dating to November 2010, with the only victory over that stretch coming against Syracuse.

The Bulls took a late lead over unbeaten Louisville last week, only to watch the Cardinals come from behind in the closing minutes to win 27-25. USF also faltered late in the four losses previous to this game and last week's.

The Bulls rushed for 369 yards, including 145 from Lindsey Lamar and 134 by Daniels, against a Syracuse defense that had given up just 35.3 yards per game on the ground against league opponents.

Demetris Murray had a 1-yard TD run on USF's opening drive of the game and Bonani added a 35-yard field goal as South Florida took a 10-3 lead after one quarter.

Lamar broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run to make it 20-3 in the second quarter just one play after Syracuse's Ross Krautman missed a 22-yard field goal.

Nassib started the second half comeback with a 31-yard scoring strike to Jarrod West early in the third. After Lemon had a 4-yard TD run, Nassib then connected with Sales on a 5-yard TD to put Syracuse up 24-23 midway through the third.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
USF
1st Downs3327
Total Yards520552
Passing328183
Rushing192369
Penalties10-899-82
3rd Down Conversions6-138-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers01
Possession28:1631:44

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib27/403288.240
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniels17/301836.110

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith281274.5015
Gulley14674.8016
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lamar1014514.5180
Daniels1213411.2053

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sales912513.9220
West79814.0131
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis56613.2130
Lamar13838.0038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRUSF
TD10:05Demetris Murray 1 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 07
FG06:03Ross Krautman 20 Yd 37
FG03:12Maikon Bonani 35 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERSYRUSF
FG10:58Maikon Bonani 32 Yd 313
TD05:54Lindsey Lamar 80 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 320
FG00:04Maikon Bonani 46 Yd 323
THIRD QUARTERSYRUSF
TD12:26Jarrod West 31 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1023
TD08:55Alec Lemon 4 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 1723
TD06:10Marcus Sales 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 2423
FG02:15Maikon Bonani 41 Yd 2426
FOURTH QUARTERSYRUSF
TD10:43Andre Davis 30 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2433
TD07:17Marcus Sales 19 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 3133
FG01:23Maikon Bonani 47 Yd 3136
TD00:03Alec Lemon 1 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3736

Research Notes

South Florida is the first team this season to blow a halftime lead of at least 20 points. The last team to do so was Ohio in last year's MAC Championship Game.

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