Syracuse 37, Tulane 34: Ross Krautman, Ryan Nassib Earn Weekly Big East Honors

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Syracuse Football: Ross Krautman, Ryan Nassib Earn Weekly Big East Honors

After compiling 13 total points and nailing the game-winning, 21-yard field goal in Saturday's 37-34 victory over Tulane University, Syracuse University football player sophomore kicker Ross Krautman earned the Big East Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor Monday.

Krautman's last-second kick split the uprights as time expired and capped a 12-play, 66-yard drive that allowed the Orange to escape with their fourth win of the season. Krautman also was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goal attempts.

Meanwhile, senior quarterback Ryan Nassib was named to the Big East honor roll for the fifth time this season. Despite throwing for just 186 yards and two touchdowns, Nassib did engineer the game-winning drive against the Green Wave, who tied the game at 34-34 with 2:53 remaining in the game.

The Syracuse football schedule features the Orange taking their first of two bye weeks. Following the week off, SU will host West Virginia University, Friday, Oct. 21 (8 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2).

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Syracuse Football: Reactions To 37-34 Victory Over Tulane

A 21-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Ross Krautman helped Syracuse University edge Tulane University, 37-34, Saturday in a non-conference game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Krautman's kick split the uprights as time expired and propel the Orange to 4-2 overall, just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible.

(Check out: SB Nation New York's game recap and post-game article; Syracuse Football: Dorian Graham Strong In Victory Over Tulane.)

Before the Orange faithful move onto their bye week, which will be followed by a huge home game against the University of West Virginia, Friday, Oct. 21, lets take a look at Saturday's postgame quotes and reactions -- courtesy of the Tulane Athletic Department.

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone

"It's what we've been pointing at. We want to get out front in the conference play and get a chance to get the first one. Try to play with a lead when you come to the conference rankings when you try and play down the

SU senior quarterback Ryan Nassib

On the struggles by the offense and defense the past few weeks:


"That's how the game works sometimes. We just need to start doing a better job of executing on both sides of the ball. Last week the offense struggled, so we made it a point came out and do our job and do what we are capable of. As the quarterback of the offense that is really all I can handel. We just have to support the defense and keep their spirits up. They make plays, too, and they have won a lot of games for us. Sometimes it's just up to the stats."

On whether he would recommend the fans come out and watch their next game:

"If you don't have any heart conditions, come on out, it's going to be fun. We play in a lot of situations that you dream of as a kid. Two minutes to go to win the game. Let's see what you got. We're a lot of fun to watch and we need all the support we can get."

On heading home at 4-2:

"We are going home happy. We've played this game long enough and we know that wins are easy to come by. It's not easy to win at this level. You can't get to high on it or get to low on it. We buckled up and pulled it out tonight."

SU senior wide receiver Dorian Graham

On if he was surprised on his role tonight:

"We practice everything that we executed in the game. During the week that is what we planned for, execute these plays and tonight we did what we had to do."

On how he is making an impact this season:

"It feels great. It goes back to the saying `hard work pays off' and that is what came about for this game. I am glad to execute and help my team get a win."

SU's Krautman

On kicking his second game-winning field goal of the season:

"It feels great when the game comes down to a game winning field goal. I have to thank the offense, defense, the snapper and the holder, because without them the ball doesn't go through the uprights."

On how the line protection was difference from last week:

"Everything was great this week. We perfected it during practice. It all starts during practice. We spent a lot of time this week doing field goal unit. We got the times faster, of me going to the ball, and made some line adjustments. We just perfected it."

SU senior tailback Antwon Bailey

On the quick start offensively:

"It was very important. Not only for the defense, to keep them off the field, but for the offense to get (the offense) back on track."

On the intensity lagging after taking the early lead:

"I don't think the intensity lagged, we made a few mistakes here and there, but I don't think the intensity lagged. We are all out there competing and trying to win a game and we just made some mistakes."

On the difference, offensively, between the first half and second half:

"Tulane played a heck of a football game, they really came out there and fought. As an offense we didn't execute (in the second half). We stalled on a lot of drives early, so it was a mixture of good defense and poor execution."

On the feeling of heading home 4-2:

"It is a great feeling. We are 4-2. You can't ask for much more coming out of this game. We didn't win big, but we won. So it's a great feeling."

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Syracuse Football: Dorian Graham Strong In Orange Victory

There was not a lot of good that came out of the Syracuse University football program's last-second, 37-34, victory over Tulane University Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Orange (4-2, 0-1 Big East) blew a 31-14, second-quarter lead, but was able to pull out the win with a 21-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Ross Krautman, who's kick split the uprights as time expired.

Yes, there was a bunch of low lights in the win, but the one bright spot was senior wide receiver Dorian Graham, who finished the game with four catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Graham also carried the ball twice for 22 yards. Earlier in the week, SU head coach Doug Marrone said he was challenging his wide outs to step up and to start making plays.

Well, four a second straight game seniors Alec Lemon and Van Chew were almost invisible -- Lemon had two catches for 32 yards, while Chew had one for 11. But, Graham, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster, showed up and it was obvious that he was the only man, on the offensive side of the ball, on a mission.

In the second quarter, Graham caught a 10-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Ryan Nassib; and then a few possession later he helped SU gain its biggest lead of the evening, 31-14, with a one-yard TD catch with 2:58 to play in the first half. During the Orange's second possession of the fourth quarter, which led to a Krautman field goal, Graham converted two first downs -- the first came off a 15-yard slant, while the other was 10-yard run off a reverse.

Can Graham be the guy to be a play maker not named Anton Bailey? Time will only tell, but Saturday night looked like a good start.

SB Nation New York is blogged the Syracuse vs. Tulane game live. Check back for in-game and postgame updates. Follow along at SBNationNY or Jared_E_Smith. The Syracuse football schedule features the Orange on a bye week, but will host the University of West Virginia on Friday, Oct. 21.

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Final Score: Syracuse 37, Tulane 34

A 21-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Ross Krautman crossed the uprights as time expired and helped Syracuse University edge Tulane University, 37-34, Saturday in a non-conference contest at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The kick capped a 12-play, 66-yard drive that allowed the Orange to escape with their fourth win of the season.

At one point in the second quarter, Tulane (2-1, 1-1 Conference USA) trailed 31-14, but the Green Wave scored 23-unanswered points to pull within 31-27. After a Krautman field goal, which came early in the fourth quarter and made it 34-27, the Green Wave tied the game with a 58-yard TD reception by freshman wide receiver Xavier Rush from junior quarterback Ryan Griffin.

With 2:53 remaining, Syracuse (4-2, 0-1 Big East) marched the ball, while milking the clock, down to Tulane's four-yard line. From there, Krautman nailed the game winner. The biggest play of the drive came on a third-and-four from SU's 36-yard line when it seemed the Orange were going to need to punt, but a roughing the passer penalty extended the drive.

Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib finished the game 19-of-34 with 186 yards and two TDs, both were caught by senior wide receiver Dorian Graham, who caught four passes for 55 yards. Senior tailback Antwon Bailey compiled 111-rushing yards, his fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

For Tulane, Griffin was fantastic. He finished the game 24-of-30 with a season-best 320-passing yards and two TDs. Rush caught four passes for 135 yards and two TDs.



SB Nation New York blogged the Syracuse vs. Tulane game live. Check back for in-game and post-game updates. Follow along at SBNationNY or Jared_E_Smith.

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Syracuse 31, Tulane 27: End Of Third Quarter

A 49-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Cairo Santos has help Tulane University pull within four points, 31-27, of Syracuse University in non-conference football contest at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Green Wave have scored 23-unanswered points to climb back into a game, which featured them trailing 31-14 late in the first half.

Tulane junior quarterback Ryan Griffin has completed 83.3 percent of his passes (20-of-24) for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Currently, Griffin has completed 13 straight passes.

The Orange offense, which began the game on fire, has gone ice cold. After shredding through the Green Wave defense in the first half, Syracuse failed to move the ball into Tulane territory in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib is just 13-of-23 for 132 yards.

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Halftime Score: Syracuse 31, Tulane 24

Both Syracuse University and Tulane University each scored three second-quarter touchdowns, however, the Orange still have a 31-24 halftime lead in non-conference contest at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. SU's senior wide receiver Dorian Graham caught two TD passes from senior quarterback Ryan Nassib, who finished the half 10-of-19 with 124-passing yards and two TDs.

At one time, Syracuse led 31-14 after Graham caught a one-yard pass from Nassib with 2:58 remaining in the second quarter, but Tulane responded with a 60-yard TD, which featured freshman wide receiver Xavier Rush catching a deep throw from junior Ryan Griffin and running it into the end zone. Tulane ended the half with a 42-yard field goal by Cairo Santos that cut the Orange advantage to just a TD.

Grffin finished the half completing 15-of-19 passes for 194 yards and two TDs, while sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa scored two first-quarter TDs.

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Syracuse 10, Tulane 7: End Of 1st Quarter

A 29-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Ross Krautman has helped Syracuse University take a 10-7 advantage over Tulane University in a non-conference contest at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Krautman's kick capped a 14-play, 69-yard drive, which marched down to the Green Wave's eight-yard line, but was halted when SU's senior quarterback Ryan Nassib was sacked on third-and-goal.

On the game's opening drive, Tulane used a 40-yard TD run by sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa to take a quick 7-0 advantage. Darkwa's run ended an eight-play, 80-yard drive by the Green Wave, who converted two third downs on the march.

On the ensuing kick off, SU freshman Jeremiah Kobena returned the ball 79 yards to Tulane's three-yard line. One play later, Orange senior tailback Antwon Bailey plunged into the end zone and tied the game at 7.

Syracuse will start the second quarter with the ball and on their own 38-yard line. It will be 2nd-and-10.

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Tulane vs. Syracuse: Scouting The Green Wave

The Syracuse University football program will try and head into its bye week on a good note Saturday as the Orange travel to New Orleans to face Tulane University at the Louisiana Superdome (8 p.m. on SNY). Syracuse (3-2) is trying to rebound for a heartbreaking double overtime loss, 19-16, to Big East Conference rival Rutgers University last Saturday at the Carrier Dome. A victory over Tulane would be a good momentum boost heading into SU's first of two scheduled bye weeks, and hopefully bring some good mojo to the Syracuse area before West Virginia University comes into town, Friday, Oct. 21.

Not many Orange fans know a lot about Tulane (2-3), a Conference USA program that began the year 2-1, but has been routed in its last two games -- 48-27 at Duke University and 45-6 at Army, respectively -- so, here's a brief scouting report on the Green Wave.

Head coach

Fifth-year coach Bob Toledo is on hot seat after his squad is headed toward another losing season. Before that, Toledo was the head coach of the UCLA Bruins (1996-'02). Earlier in the week, SB Nation's Syracuse blog, Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, compared Toledo to former SU head coach Greg Robinson -- that's a good sign.

Last Season

In Syracuse-Big East terms, the highlight of the Green Wave's 4-8 season was a 17-14 victory over Rutgers.

Offense

Junior quarterback Ryan Griffin, who is in the midst of his third year as starter, leads the Green Wave. Currently, Griffin is completing just 56.9 percent of his passes and averaging 196-passing yards a game. Last week, Griffin threw for just 74 yards in a blowout loss to Army. Giffin's best game of the season came in Week 3 against UAB when he tossed for 281 yards and three TDs. The performance helped him earn Co-Conference USA Player of the Week honors.

At running back, Tulane is led by sophomore Orleans Darkwa, who is averaging 4.2-rushing yards per carry. Darkwa is one of three running backs that see action in the Green Wave backfield. Other running backs who might see carries Saturday could be: senior Albert Williams and freshman Dante Butler.

Senior Joe Kemp (6-foot-4, 204-pounds) is the Green Wave's leading wide receiver with 20 catches and a TD, while the offensive line has struggled a bit allowing 2.2 sacks per game.

Defense

The duo of defense ends, junior Austen Jones (6-3, 247) and senior Dezman Moses (6-3, 248), has been pretty productive this season for Tulane. So far, Jones and Moses have combined for 4.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

At linebacker, junior Trent Mackey has been a tackling machine. Currently, Mackey is tied for 11th in the country in tackles per game (11.0). Mackey has compiled double-digit tackle totals in three of his first five games.

Last week, freshman safety Sam Scofield made an immediate impact in his first collegiate start making 10 tackles against Army. Scofield has played in all five games this season and has made a total of 16 tackles.

Overall, the Green Wave defense is allowing 33.4 points and 168.4-rusing yards per game. Tulane is also giving up a dreadful 44.4 percent on third down conversions.

Conclusion

The Green Wave should be a nice easy win for Syracuse. However, the Orange can't take anybody lightly after its terrible Week 5 performance against Rutgers. SU will need to use senior tailback Antwon Bailey to march the ball down the field and then capitalize with TDs when its gets into the red zone.

SB Nation New York will have more coverage of Syracuse vs. Tulane. Check back for in-game and postgame updates. Follow along at SBNationNY or Jared_E_Smith.

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