College Football: SU comeback falls short at Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Syracuse football team was defeated by No. 20 Rutgers, 23-15, at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday. The Orange's (2-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) points came off of running back sophomore Adonis Ameen-Moore's touchdown in the second quarter and a 40-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Clark.
Quarterback Ryan Nassib went 25-for-356 and threw for one touchdown against the Scarlet Knights. It was Nassib's fifth career game, and fourth this season, recording over 300-yards passing.
The ground game was led by Jerome Smith who tallied 15 carries for 67 yards. Marcus Sales recorded his fourth game this season with 100 receiving yards, which leads the BIG EAST. Sales caught four passes for 100 yards against Rutgers.
Tight end David Stevens notched five catches for 60 yards, tying his career-high in receptions.
Siriki Diabate led the Orange defense with a career-high 13 tackles, including three solo.
RU took a 7-0 lead after completing a 10 play, 93-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Jawan Jamison with 4:52 left in the first quarter. It was the Scarlet Knight's longest scoring drive of the season.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Ross Krautman's 50-yard field goal attempt fell short but the SU defense was able to prevent the Scarlet Knight offense from getting a first down.
The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the quarter until Ameen-Moore scored his second touchdown for the second game in a row to tie the score, 7-7. His three yard touchdown run was the result of a 12 play, 80 yard scoring drive with 1:32 left in the first half.
In the opening of the second half, Krautman's 33-yard field goal kick was blocked by RU's Jamal Merrel and returned for a touchdown by Duron Harmon, putting the Scarlet Knights up 14-7.
Nick Borgese added on a 25-yard field goal for the Scarlet Knights with 3:50 left in the third quarter, extending RU's lead to 17-7.
The Scarlet Knights put six more points on the board a minute into the fourth quarter on a touchdown to put the score at 23-7. The score came off of a 12-yard touchdown pass from Nova to Tyler Kroft.
With 4:19 left in the game, Nassib found Clark for a 40-yard touchdown pass. The Orange went for the two point conversion, and succeeded after Nassib found Marcus Sales in the end zone. The scoring drive went three plays for 48 yards and lasted 59 seconds to put the Orange within eight points of RU, 23-15.
SU couldn't find the end zone again and suffered its first conference loss of the season.
The Orange hosts Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 19th at 8:00 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.