Syracuse football vs. Missouri: Recap, reaction and video highlights

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Syracuse earned an impressive 31-27 victory at Missouri Saturday night. Around the nation, college football fans are reacting.

The Syracuse Orange used a 71-yard, game-winning drive with less than two minutes remaining Saturday night to upset the Missouri Tigers, 31-27, in a non-conference college football game at Faurot Field.

Orange senior quarterback Ryan Nassib and senior wide receiver Alec Lemon connected six times in the decisive drive, which ended with a 17-yard touchdown reception to Lemon with 20 seconds remaining in game.

For those Orange fans that would like a second look, here's a quick video recap via the SEC Digital Network.

The Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is ecstatic about maybe the biggest victory in the era of head coach Doug Marrone, and trying to figure out what it all means.

At this point, I'm going to wait until there is no doubt as to where we stand as a program, and look back and maybe then, I'll figure out where that corner was. As I said after last week's win, one game is just a brief look into a much greater process.

That's not to discredit how big this win is for Syracuse, at least for this 2012 squad.

Meanwhile, Missouri's SB Nation blog Rock M Nation believes the biggest factor in the contest was Syracuse taking advantage of a 1-on-1 match-up it liked.

Lining Alec Lemon up in the slot opposite Randy Ponder, the Orange scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. For the game, Lemon caught 12 passes for 244 yards, an outstanding performance, and with solid quarterback play, Syracuse was ready for whatever adjustment Missouri made.

The victory helped the Orange (6-5, 4-2 Big East) become bowl eligible for the second time in three season, while the Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) will need to defeat the No. 9-ranked Texas A&M Aggies next Saturday to achieve the same feat.

Syracuse ends regular-season play Friday at the Temple Owls (11 p.m. ET on Big East Network).

-- Share your thoughts about Syracuse's victory below or reach out to @JaredSmithCNY on Twitter.

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