Scores

Final

Syracuse 31

(4-8, 1-6 ACC)

Connecticut 56

(6-5, 2-4 American)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 28, 2009

Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 3 14 0 1431
CONN 14 14 7 2156

Top Performers

Passing: G. Paulus (SYR) - 296 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Dixon (CONN) - 15 CAR, 73 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Lemon (SYR) - 9 REC, 140 YDS, 1 TD

UConn RBs pile it on en route to blowout of Syracuse

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's tailback tandem of Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon combined for 196 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Huskies beat Syracuse 56-31 Saturday to become bowl eligible.

UConn (6-5, 2-4 Big East), which lost three in a row after the stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard, followed up its 33-30 double-overtime win against Notre Dame by going over .500 for the first time since the Oct. 18 tragedy.

Todman ran for 123 yards and a score, while Dixon had three touchdowns and 73 yards rushing.

Greg Paulus threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns in his final game for Syracuse (4-8, 1-6).

Syracuse had 489 yards of offense, but fell behind early and could not quite catch up.

Trailing 42-31, the Orange moved from their 4-yard line into UConn territory, but failed to convert a fourth-and-7, when Alec Lemon dropped a pass. The Huskies then added two late touchdowns.

UConn led 28-17 at halftime thanks to several big plays that overcame Syracuse's advantage in time of possession. The biggest was an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Mike Lang after a seven-minute Syracuse drive ended in a field goal.

It was the third time in four games the Huskies have taken a kickoff for a score.

UConn also capitalized after recovering a fumbled pitch by Delone Carter. Two plays later, Todman ran a draw up the middle for a 37-yard touchdown and 21-10 lead.

The play gave Todman over 1,000 yards rushing for the season.

Carter also passed the 1,000-yard mark, with 102 yards on 20 carries for the Orange.

Dixon had two first-half touchdowns. His 4-yard run made it 7-0 after a 13-yard Syracuse punt.

He scored again with 6 seconds left in the half on a 3-yard plunge that was set up by a 42-yard, one-handed catch by Marcus Easley down the right sideline.

Paulus completed 10 of 12 first-half passes, including a 3-yard touchdown to Lemon that cut the UConn lead to 21-17 with just over a minute left in the second quarter.

Ryan Nassib completed 7 of 9 passes for 64 yards in splitting time with Paulus. He connected on a 4-yard touchdown to tight end Mike Owen.

Zach Frazer hit Easley for an 8-yard touchdown to open the second half, capping a 15-play, 80-yard drive. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone refused a 15-yard penalty that would have given UConn a third-and-21 at its 41. UConn instead converted a fourth-and-5 and scored two plays later, when Easley caught an 8-yard pass over the middle.

Paulus ended his one-year career at Syracuse breaking the school record for completions and completion rate.

Connecticut's Lawrence Wilson had 17 tackles and a sack.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
CONN
1st Downs2618
Total Yards489377
Passing360173
Rushing129204
Penalties6-482-20
3rd Down Conversions6-146-13
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers21
Possession33:1426:46

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Paulus24/322969.320
ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Frazer13/211738.221

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carter201025.1117
Paulus7284.0012
ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
Todman251234.9137
Dixon15734.9345

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lemon914015.6133
Sales78912.7020
ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Easley610517.5242
Sherman22814.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRCONN
TD09:47Andre Dixon 4 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 07
FG02:49Ryan Lichtenstein 26 Yd 37
TD02:37Mike Lang 80 Yd Kickoff Return (Dave Teggart Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERSYRCONN
TD13:38Mike Owen 4 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ryan Lichtenstein Kick) 1014
TD07:15Jordan Todman 37 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 1021
TD01:08Alec Lemon 3 Yd Pass From Greg Paulus (Ryan Lichtenstein Kick) 1721
TD00:06Andre Dixon 1 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 1728
THIRD QUARTERSYRCONN
TD08:10Marcus Easley 8 Yd Pass From Zach Frazer (Dave Teggart Kick) 1735
FOURTH QUARTERSYRCONN
TD14:55Lavar Lobdell 12 Yd Pass From Greg Paulus (Ryan Lichtenstein Kick) 2435
TD12:37Andre Dixon 45 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 2442
TD09:27Delone Carter 10 Yd Run (Ryan Lichtenstein Kick) 3142
TD00:47Marcus Easley 28 Yd Pass From Zach Frazer (Dave Teggart Kick) 3149
TD00:08Dwayne Gratz 34 Yd Fumble Return (Dave Teggart Kick) 3156