Two weeks ago, Rutgers wide reciever Jeremy Darling gashed the Syracuse defense for 166 rushing yards on 29 carries and a touchdown. Last week, Connecticut tailback Jordan Todman tallied 130 yards on 27 carries plus two scores.
Boston College freshman running back Andre Williams did the same to the Orange defense Saturday, rushing for 146 yards on 43 carries and tallied the go-ahead TD in the third quarter to lead BC to a 16-7 victory at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
On BC’s first possession of the second half, Williams helped cap off a 10-play, 78-yard TD drive, which helped the Golden Eagles take a 13-7 advantage.
BC basically put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Eagles drove 63 yards on 16 plays to the SU 4-yard line. Kicker Nate Freese, who made three field goals in the game, connected from 22 yards out and gave the Golden Eagles a 16-7 advantage.
That drive took 7:18 off the game clock and gave the sputtering SU offense — which totaled just 238 yards — little time to score twice.
On the next SU possession, the offense got to the BC 43-yard line but was forced to punt.
The Orange regained possession with under three minutes remaining but quarterback Ryan Nassib was picked off by linebacker Mark Herzlich.
BC kneeled twice to end the game.
The lone Syracuse score came on the first drive of the second half.
SU drove 80 yards on 12 plays to setup a five-yard rushing TD by running back Antwon Bailey, who finished the game with a team-high 75 yards on 18 carries.
Nassib was very inconsistent completing just 15 of 24 passes for 147 yards and an interception.
The Orange finished the season losing three of its last four games. SU also failed to earn a FBS-home victory this season — Colgate and Maine play in the FCS.
Despite the disappointing finish, SU still ended with its best season since 2003 and 2004 when the Orange went 6-6 overall.
The Orange, bowl eligible for the first time since ’04, will now wait to see which bowl game they will be invited to play in. Invitations will be handed out in the next couple of weeks.
Boston College kicker Nate Freese kicked his second field goal of the game to help the Golden Eagles take a 6-0 lead into halftime at the Carrier Dome.
Currently, BC running back Andrew Williams has carried the ball 10 times for 68 yards. Late in the second quarter, BC used a 26-yard rush by Williams to setup a 29-yard field goal try with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
SU had a chance to score before the half but did not pick up a first down on its final possession.
The Orange started the quarter on a good note.
Five plays into the quarter, Syracuse punter Rob Long pinned Boston College inside it’s own two-yard line.
The Cuse’ defense then forced a three and out after Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill tackled BC quarterback Chase Rettig for a one-yard gain on third and seven.
But the SU offense couldn’t capitalize.
Starting at its own 40-yard line, SU couldn’t produce a first down and punted.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is 5-for-10 for 55 yards of passing. Running back Delone Carter has a team-high 30 yards on six carries.
The Syracuse Orange (7-4) look to get back on track Saturday when they host the Boston College Eagles (7-4) at the Carrier Dome. Game time is noon ET.
Syracuse is bowl eligible for the first time since 2004, but has still lost two of its last three games. The Orange lost at home to Connecticut last weekend, 23-6.
Boston College comes to Syracuse riding a four-game winning streak. Most recently, the Eagles defeated Virginia, 17-13.
The Orange could not get anything going against Connecticut this past weekend and had to settle for six points in a loss to the Huskies. Syracuse has fallen on hard times offensively in its last two games, totaling just 19 points. Against UConn the Orange totaled just 235 yards, and their best player, Delone Carter, was shut down on the ground. Carter found no lanes, and was limited to just 67 yards, giving him 1,005 yards on the season. With Carter not getting much room to cause damage, the offensive pressure fell on Ryan Nassib and the quarterback struggled to lead the way, as he finished with just 171 yards, to go along with one interceptions. Nassib completed 20-of-36 passes and was sacked four times. It was a tough performance for the gunslinger, who comes into this game with 16 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
The poor play offensively took away from the solid performance put forth by the defense. Sure, the Orange allowed 23 points, but the defense held UConn to just 254 total yards. Where the unit struggled was against the run, as the Huskies pounded Syracuse for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It was a surprising effort in that area considering the Orange head into this game holding teams to just 131.3 ypg on only 3.6 yards per attempt. Overall, the Orange have been one of the more consistent defensive teams in the Big East Conference, holding opponents to just 18.3 ppg on 293.2 total ypg.
This will be the final home game for Syracuse, and as such it will be Senior Day for the Orange.