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USF vs. Syracuse recap: Orange lose ... wait, win Big East thriller

The Syracuse Orange scored five second-half touchdowns Saturday to help earn a come-from-behind victory, 37-36, over the South Florida Bulls in a Big East Conference football game at Raymond James Stadium. The win was highlighted by a last-second touchdown that helped the Orange (4-4, 3-1 Big East) overcome a 20-point halftime deficit.

The rally was so improbable, SB Nation's Syracuse blog, Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, began writing its game recap with four minutes left to go in the game. The result was one as if the Orange lost.

In a way, the 2012 Syracuse Orange football season is unique in that it is the singular most confusing season that I've ever had the pleasure/displeasure of watching. What happens in one game is completely outside of what happens in the next, and so on and so forth. So in that sense, it shouldn't be surprising that the Orange lost 36-31 to the South Florida Bulls, because, when you play a season like Syracuse has, what's considered a surprise?

Surprisingly, the game recap foreshadowed what was about to happen -- an unpredictable ending.

Syracuse football is like the football version of chaos theory. Drip them down your knuckle and you never know which way they're going to dribble down your hand. There's absolutely no way to predict it or assume it or allow for it.

The victory helped SU reach the .500 mark for the first time this season and moved them into sole possession of third place in the Big East standings. Next Saturday, the Orange visit the Cincinnati Bearcats for a Big East contest (noon ET on Big East Network).