Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib tossed for a collegiate-best 318 yards with three touchdowns, while former walk-on, senior wide receiver Mike Acchione, caught the game-winning TD pass, his first ever, midway through the fourth quarter to help Syracuse University escape with a 21-14 victory over the University of Rhode Island in a non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome. Nassib, who was 29-of-37 passes with three TDs and an interception, also tied a school record for most completions in a game, while senior wide receiver Van Chew caught a game-best eight balls for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Acchione's TD capped a eight-play, 80-yard drive that broke a 14-14 tie with 12:34 remaining in the game. However, his feel-good story will be overshadowed by the poor play of the Orange, who improved to a dicey 2-0 overall record and must travel to the west coast to face the University of Southern California next Saturday.
Senior quarterback Steve Probst completed 14-of-30 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Probst also carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards. Sophomore running back Travis Hurd rushed for 58 yards, which included a 26-yard TD run in the second quarter that helped tie the contest at 7-7. Senior wide receiver Anthony Baskerville caught a team-best seven balls for 88 yards and a TD, which came early in the third quarter and helped tie the game at 14.
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