SU Football: Orange defeat UCONN, 40-10
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Behind a balanced offensive attack that piled up 251 yards each on the ground and through the air, and a shutout performance in the second half by the defense, Syracuse rolled to a 40-10 victory against Connecticut at the Carrier Dome on Friday night to capture its second BIG EAST victory of the season.
Jerome led the Orange (3-4 overall, 2-1 BIG EAST) rushing attack with 133 yards on 19 carries, both career highs. Ashton Broyld added a career-best 63 yards on 11 attempts.
Ryan Nassib threw for 251 yards on 14-of-21 passing and two touchdowns. The senior's top target was Alec Lemon, who recorded his third 150-yard receiving game against the Huskies in his career, making eight catches for 166 yards and a score. Beckett Wales added four receptions for 69 yards and his first career touchdown.
On defense, the Orange held the Huskies to -6 yards rushing, the first time Syracuse has held an opponent without positive ground yardage since Akron in 2009 (0 yards). Overall, the home team enjoyed a total yards advantage of 502-290.
Leading 13-10 late in the second quarter, the Orange began its 17-0 run over the duration of the contest when Nassib completed a 41-yard pass to Alec Lemon down to the UConn two-yard line and then found Beckett Wales in the end zone with 1:19 left in the first half, putting SU up 20-10. The touchdown was the first of Wales' career.
To open up the second half, Nassib marched the Orange down the field and threw a 68-yard pass to Lemon. The catch was the longest of Lemon's career. The five play, 75-yard drive was capped off with a four-yard touchdown run by Prince Tyson-Gulley and lasted 1:45.
Krautman added another field goal, this time from 42-yards out to put the score at 30-10 at 7:21 in the third quarter.
With two minutes left in the third, the Orange went on yet another scoring drive, this time ending with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lemon. The drive lasted eight plays and 70-yards and took a total of 3:18.
Krautman kicked a 47-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, which put the Orange up 30 points with 12:08 remaining in the game. The kick was the 41st field goal of his career, which puts him at seventh on the SU career field goal list.
After forcing a three-and-out on Connecticut's first possession, the Orange rushed seven times for 57 yards on its first series to set up a 22-yard Ross Krautman field goal that gave the hosts the early lead.
The Orange added to its advantage on its next possession. Following another three-and-out by the Huskies, Ritchy Desirbrought back a Cole Wagner punt 33 yards to the UConn 21-yard line. The return set up another Krautman field goal, this time from 33 yards out, to extend the SU margin to 6-0 at the 8:02 mark of the first quarter.
Connecticut closed the gap to 6-3 on a 23-yard field goal by Chad Christen with 1:05 to play in the opening period.
In the second quarter, Syracuse took advantage of a Connecticut turnover to extend its lead to 13-3. Safety Durell Eskridgesacked UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer on a 3rd-and-8 at the Syracuse 33-yard line. Whitmer lost the football and it was recovered by the Orange's Cameron Lynch at the Connecticut 45. Nine plays later, Adonis Ameen-Moore's one-yard TD plunge put SU ahead by 10 with 8:37 left in the half.
Whitmer found Ryan Griffen up the sideline for a 32-yard touchdown pass which pulled the Huskie's within three points, 13-10, with 3:39 left in the second quarter.
An interception by Shamarko Thomas gave the Orange the ball back with 54 seconds left, allowing it to run out the clock. It was Thomas' second pick of his career.
The Orange is back in action when it heads to USF on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. (ESPN3).
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