College Football:SU earns sixth win, bowl berth
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Following a game-winning drive that was capped off by a 17-yard touchdown catch by Alec Lemon with 20 seconds left, the Orange defeated Missouri, 31-27. With the road victory, Syracuse moves to 6-5 this season and is 4-2 in BIG EAST play. Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib has etched his name on top of yet another SU record, breaking the career passing yards record with 8,845 yards. Nassib threw 26 completions for 385 yards against the Tigers, completing his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.
Alec Lemon had a career day, notching 12 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns. This is Lemon's fifth game of the year with over 100-yards receiving. Lemon had four catches for 81 in the last drive alone. His 244 yards in a single game ranks second in SU history behind Scott Schwedes (249) in 1985.
Prince-Tyson Gulley led the ground game with 15 attempts for 53 yards and one touchdown.
The Orange defense recorded four sacks against the Tigers. Jay Bromley accounted for two of them for a loss of 13 yards while Marquis Spruill and Brandon Sharpe each notched one. Cameron Lynch has a career-high nine tackles, including five solo.
Syracuse also set the record for first downs in one season with 276. The previous record was 259 first downs in the 1997 season.
Mizzou opened up the game with a 70-yard touchdown pass from James Franklin to Dorial Green-Beckham, taking only one 1:38 off the clock. Andrew Baggett's kick was good, putting the Tigers up, 7-0.
After a 14-yard throw to David Stevens, Nassib became SU's career leader in passing yards. Nassib passed Marvin Graves 8,466 yards and now has a career total of 8,845 passing yards.
A 44-yard field goal by Ross Krautman capped off the Orange's first offensive drive which lasted 12 plays and 52 yards to make the score, 7-3, at 8:55 in the first quarter.
The Tigers extended its lead to, 14-3, after a 30-yard touchdown catch by Jimmie Hunt. Baggart's kick was good with 4:48 left in the first fifteen minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the SU defense came up with a big stop on a third and goal for the Tigers, forcing Mizzou to kick a 20-yard field goal. Baggett made the field goal, putting the score at 17-3 with 6:30 left in the half.
On its ensuing drive, the Orange scored its first touchdown of the game. Prince-Tyson Gulley rushed for a one-yard touchdown and Krautman's kick was good. The Orange trailed 17-10, with 3:05 left in the half.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter.
After fighting back from being down 17-3, Nassib found Lemon for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Krautman's kick tied the Orange and Tigers at, 17-17. The scoring drive lasted six plays, 70 yards and 1:37. The touchdown occurred 46 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Kendial Lawrence ran for a three-yard touchdown with 7:07 left in the game. Baggett's kick was good and the Tigers took a 24-17 lead.
The Orange wasted no time tying the game up, marching down the field with a seven play, 75 yard drive that was capped off by an eight-yard touchdown run by Jerome Smith. Krautman's kick was good and the score was tied, 24-24, with 5:33 left in the game.
With 4:34 left in the game, Nassib's pass was intercepted by Randy Ponder at the 50-yard line, giving the Tigers back offensive possession. Mizzou's six play, 22-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 46-yard field goal by Baggett with 1:52 left in the game.
The Orange weren't done quite yet. Nassib connected with Lemon for a 17-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game capping off a thrilling 31-27 win at Missouri. The winning scoring drive lasted seven plays, 81 yards and 1:23.
The Orange wraps up the 2012 season at Temple on Friday, Nov. 23rd (11 a.m.; ESPN2).