Scores

Final

Buffalo 12

(3-5, 1-4 away)

Syracuse 20

(2-6, 1-4 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

4:00 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

1 2 3 4 T
BUFF 3 0 3 612
SYR 3 14 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: D. Willy (BUFF) - 286 YDS

Rushing: D. Hogue (SYR) - 24 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Williams (SYR) - 7 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Syracuse 20, Buffalo 12

Associated Press

EDS: Syracuse 20, Buffalo 12.

AP Photos

By JOHN KEKIS

AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Doug Hogue and Mike Williams scored in the final minute of the first half to break open a tie game and Syracuse beat Buffalo 20-12 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

It was the last nonconference game of the season for Syracuse (2-6) and ended a two-game winning streak for Buffalo (3-5).

Syracuse quarterback Andrew Robinson, who entered the game with minus-31 yards rushing on the season, mainly because of 29 sacks, gained 62 yards on nine carries and was 15-for-28 for 265 yards and two interceptions passing.

Williams, a native of the Buffalo area, had seven catches for 113 yards and Taj Smith had three catches, also for 113. Hogue finished with 83 yards rushing as Syracuse, which entered the game averaging an anemic 58.4 yards per game, finished with 179.

Drew Willy was 32-for-48 for 286 yards passing, James Starks had 62 yards rushing on 20 carries, and Naaman Roosevelt had 10 receptions for 91 yards for the Bulls.

Syracuse, which had lost its first four home games by a combined 176-60, averted what would have been devastating loss for a proud program that is trying to find its way out of the prolonged slump it's been in since Greg Robinson took over as head coach before the 2005 season.

Robinson is 7-24 since taking over, and two of those victories have been against the improving Bulls, whose quest for a signature victory began slipping away in the closing seconds of the first half.

With the game tied at 3-3, Syracuse finally got untracked after a brilliant punt by Buffalo's Ben Woods pinned the Orange inside their own 1-yard line.

Andrew Robinson hit Smith for a 60-yard gain down the right side, Williams caught a 9-yard pass, and Hogue gained 23 yards on three carries to give Syracuse a first down at the Buffalo 6.

Hogue, who replaced Curtis Brinkley in the second quarter after Brinkley was hurt, scored on the next play to make it 10-3 with 52 seconds left in the half.

Terrell Jackson fumbled the ensuing kickoff after a hit by Jeremy Sellers, who recovered at the Buffalo 26. Robinson took off on a 15-yard keeper on first down, and after two incompletions hit Williams on an 11-yard TD pass in the left corner with 15 seconds left for a 17-3 halftime lead.

A.J. Principe kicked field goals of 31, 33, 29 and 32 yards for Buffalo. The third one came after Buffalo converted two fourth-down plays early in fourth quarter, including a 15-yard diving catch by Brett Hamlin at the Syracuse 15.

Patrick Shadle kicked field goals of 32 and 22 yards for the Orange as Syracuse foiled the strategy of Buffalo coach Turner Gill, who twice opted for field goals to stay within eight points of the Orange.

Principe's final field goal came with 4:44 left, but the Orange held on to the ball for the remainder of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUFF
SYR
1st Downs2126
Total Yards359444
Passing286265
Rushing73179
Penalties10-837-62
3rd Down Conversions5-155-10
4th Down Conversions3-30-0
Turnovers12
Possession30:4129:19

Passing Leaders

BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willy32/482866.000
SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson15/282659.512

Rushing Leaders

BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks20623.1017
Roosevelt11212.0012
SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hogue24833.5112
Robinson9626.9016

Receiving Leaders

BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt10919.1016
Hamlin55310.6015
SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams711316.1143
Smith311337.7060

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFFSYR
FG10:43A.J. Principe 31 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 4:19
30
FG02:06Patrick Shadle 32 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 4 yds, 5:04
33
SECOND QUARTERBUFFSYR
TD00:52Doug Hogue 6 Yd Run (Patrick Shadle Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 99 yds, 3:21
310
TD00:15Mike Williams 11 Yd Pass From Andrew Robinson (Patrick Shadle Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 26 yds, :32
317
THIRD QUARTERBUFFSYR
FG03:35A.J. Principe 33 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 52 yds, 4:41
617
FOURTH QUARTERBUFFSYR
FG10:24A.J. Principe 29 Yd
Drive: 19 plays, 73 yds, 5:19
917
FG06:54Patrick Shadle 22 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:30
920
FG04:42A.J. Principe 32 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 44 yds, 2:12
1220