Scores

Final

Syracuse 38

(7-5, 5-2 ACC)

Temple 20

(4-7, 2-5 American)

Coverage: ESPN2

11:00 AM ET, November 23, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 0 17 7 1438
TEM 10 3 7 020

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nassib (SYR) - 215 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Ameen-Moore (SYR) - 10 CAR, 57 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Lemon (SYR) - 5 REC, 74 YDS

Syracuse runs past Temple in final Big East game

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Syracuse left the Big East a winner.

Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, and Adonis Ameen-Moore rushed for a pair of scores to lead Syracuse to a 38-20 victory over Temple on Friday in the Orange's final Big East game.

The Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East) have won five of six games to finish the season, and now await their bowl destination. Syracuse is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Syracuse was down 10-0 early and Temple took a 20-17 lead midway through the third quarter on quarterback Clinton Granger's 10-yard scamper that capped a four-play, 62-yard Owls drive.

But the Orange took over from there.

"We just kept fighting," Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said. "We were able to make the extra plays."

Added Nassib: "We've been down like that before. It was only a matter of time before we started clicking."

Syracuse marched 75 yards on 12 plays on the next possession, ending it with Aimeen-Moore's 1-yard plunge to take a 24-20 lead with 4:37 left in the quarter.

Prince-Tyson Gulley scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter, ending an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took up 4:04 and gave them a 31-20 advantage.

Syracuse clinched it on Keon Lyn's 31-yard interception return of Granger's errant pass with 2:37 left in the game. It was the first of two interceptions for Lyn.

Though Syracuse focused on its ground game, racking up 260 yards on 49 carries, Nassib completed 16-of-28 passes in his final regular-season game.

"I don't think words can put in perspective," Marrone said of Nassib. "I'm not a very good storyteller but I am very proud of him. I can promise you he'll be playing again. You'll see him on Sundays (in the NFL)."

Nassib was playing in the stadium that is home to his favorite professional team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and not far from his West Chester, Pa., home.

"It went well," he said. "We played well as a team and came out with a win. That's all you can ask for. ... It was perfect. I was truly blessed."

Temple's Montel Harris, who ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns in last Saturday's record-setting, 63-32 win over Army, ran for 106 yards on 21 carries for the Owls (4-7, 2-5), who ended their first season back in the Big East by losing five of six.

Granger, making his second start, threw for 173 yards and a TD on 16-for-23 passing with a pair of interceptions. He also rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries.

"It was a great opportunity for me to be out there and learn from my mistakes and keep growing as a quarterback and leader so I can be a good quarterback for my team in the future," he said. "They changed their front and started bringing more pressure. That's my job to recognize the pressure and put the protection to the pressure. Sometimes I didn't do that."

After being bowl eligible for each of the last three seasons as a member of the Mid-American Conference, Temple ended its first season in the Big East without a bowl bid.

But Owls coach Steve Addazio expects his team to improve going forward.

"We'll be better for that," he said. "It's a growing experience. If we had stayed in the (MAC), we'd probably have seven, eight or nine wins and going to a bowl game. You have to put your pride down a little bit, but we see a bigger picture. We know we're going to be back in a bowl game."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
TEM
1st Downs2417
Total Yards475340
Passing215173
Rushing260167
Penalties10-897-58
3rd Down Conversions10-174-11
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers24
Possession27:0332:57

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib16/282157.710
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Granger16/231737.512

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith20964.8016
Gulley13836.4124
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris211065.0016
Granger15614.1130

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lemon57414.8031
Sales34615.3124
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hammond26432.0045
Christopher34414.7123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRTEM
FG10:50Brandon McManus 47 Yd 03
TD00:07John Christopher 12 Yd Pass From Clinton Granger (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERSYRTEM
TD13:23Marcus Sales 24 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 710
TD09:11Adonis Ameen-Moore 18 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 1410
FG03:16Brandon McManus 22 Yd 1413
FG00:07Ross Krautman 26 Yd 1713
THIRD QUARTERSYRTEM
TD08:53Clinton Granger 10 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1720
TD04:32Adonis Ameen-Moore 1 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 2420
FOURTH QUARTERSYRTEM
TD13:27Prince-Tyson Gulley 3 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 3120
TD02:37Keon Lyn 31 Yd Interception Return (Ross Krautman Kick) 3820