Scores

Final

Syracuse 21

(5-4, 1-3 ACC)

Connecticut 28

(4-5, 2-2 American)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 0 7 14 021
CONN 7 0 7 1428

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nassib (SYR) - 275 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. McCombs (URI) - 24 CAR, 152 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Lemon (SYR) - 9 REC, 157 YDS, 1 TD

Scott McCummings runs for two TDs, lifts UConn past Syracuse

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Quarterback Scott McCummings ran for two touchdowns and Lyle McCombs added 152 yards rushing and a score to lead Connecticut to a 28-21 win over Syracuse on Saturday, keeping alive the Huskies hopes for a winning season.

McCummings, who has spent the season coming in only occasionally as the Huskies option-style change-of-pace quarterback, took over the offense in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 10-yard keeper, then led UConn (4-5, 2-2 Big East) on an eight-play 62 yard drive, running the ball in from 7-yards out for the winning score with just under 5 minutes to play.

Ryan Nassib threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns for Syracuse (5-4, 1-3), which failed for the second straight week to become bowl eligible. His fourth-down pass on the Orange's final drive was knocked down by defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and UConn was able to run out the clock. He also was picked off twice.

It was the fifth straight win for UConn against Syracuse.

Nick Provo had seven catches and a touchdown for the Orange, giving him 39 receptions for the season and breaking the school's single-season record for receptions by a tight end. Alec Lemon had nine receptions for 157 yards and a score.

Provo's 6-yard reception on the opening drive of the second half gave the Orange a 14-7 lead, and the teams went back-and-forth, scoring touchdowns on four consecutive possessions.

McCombs tied the game at 14-14 on a 3-yard pitch play, and Syracuse responded with a 7-yard reverse play from receiver Dorian Graham and led 21-14 after three quarters.

That's when McCummings took over, keeping the ball on an option play and diving into the end zone at the end of a 7-yard run to tie the game at 21 a minute into the fourth quarter. He finished with 13 carries and 59 yards, and didn't attempt a pass.

Starter Johnny McEntee was 8 of 14 from 113 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions.

He moved Connecticut inside the 30 yard line on their first five drives of the game but came away with just seven points.

Nick Williams found a lane on the right side of the field and returned the opening kickoff to the Syracuse 33-yard line. Three plays later, McEntee found tight end John Delahunt who stretched the ball over the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown.

It was the first time the Huskies had scored on an opening drive since their third game of season, Sept. 16 against Iowa State.

But the Huskies had five first-half turnovers.

Syracuse had two, including a fumble by Antwon Bailey on the team's first drive, which set UConn up on the Syracuse 27-yard yard. But Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas intercepted McEntee two plays later.

On the next Husky drive, McCombs took a toss sweep against an inside blitz by Syracuse, turned the corner and ran 63 yards. But McCummings fumbled the snap on the next play.

McCombs also fumbled after the Huskies drove to the 26-yard line early in the second quarter.

Syracuse broke through with just under 2 minutes left in the first half when Nassib found Lemon over the middle from 20-yards out to tie the score at 7-7.

Chandler Jones forced two of the Husky's fumbles and Thomas' second interception set up a 37-yard field goal attempt just before halftime. But Ross Krautman pulled it wide left.

The win was the fifth straight for UConn over Syracuse, but the first for first-year coach Paul Pasqualoni who spent 14 years as Syracuse's head coach. He was fired in 2004 after posting a record of 107-59-1, with four Big East titles, nine bowl appearances and six bowl victories.

The Huskies have not had a losing season since 2006.

The Orange were forced to stay in a hotel about 60 miles from the stadium because many hotels in the Hartford area don't have power in the wake of last week's damaging snow storm, and those that do were filled with local residents who are still without electricity.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
CONN
1st Downs2218
Total Yards365311
Passing275113
Rushing90198
Penalties5-354-55
3rd Down Conversions7-143-8
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers35
Possession31:0528:55

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib24/392757.122
ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McEntee8/141138.112

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey16503.1012
Graham4338.3118
ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCombs241526.3163
McCummings13594.5211

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lemon915717.4130
Provo7537.6113
ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore47218.0019
Moore11515.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRCONN
TD13:38John Delahunt 10 Yd Pass From Johnny McEntee (Dave Teggart Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERSYRCONN
TD01:48Alec Lemon 20 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERSYRCONN
TD10:31Nick Provo 6 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 147
TD05:52Lyle McCombs 3 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 1414
TD02:42Dorian Graham 7 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTERSYRCONN
TD14:17Scott McCummings 10 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 2121
TD04:51Scott McCummings 7 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 2128