Orange capture first win of 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- In its third-straight game of producing over 400 yards of offense, Syracuse football (1-2) captured its first win of 2012, defeating Stony Brook (2-1), 28-17, on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The Orange offense racked up 549 yards total yards, led by Ryan Nassib going 22-of-35 passing for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Marcus Sales finished with 117 receiving yards, recording his fourth straight 100-yard game. Sales' touchdown catch in the fourth quarter extended his streak to four consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception.
Stony Brook tallied 216 yards rushing in the game, led by Iowa-transfer Miguel Maysonet's 158 yards on 21 carries and one score, but the Orange defense held the Seawolves to just 94 yards through the air and shut them out in the second half.
Wide receiver Alec Lemon's 23-yard reception in the third quarter was his 136th reception of his career. He now is in third on SU's career completion list.
Dyshawn Davis and Marquis Spruill led the Orange defense with eight tackles apiece.
Nassib and his offense opened up the second half with nine play, 85 yard drive that included a 38-yard completion to Marcus Sales and ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jarred West. West's touchdown came at 11:27 in the third quarter and was his first this season, giving the Orange a 21-7 lead.
The Orange extended its lead to 28-17 with 5:53 remaining in the game when Nassib found Sales for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
The Seawolves were the first to get on the board when Kyle Essington Kevin Norrell with a 63-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline, making it 7-0 3:39 into the game.
Syracuse struck back when Nassib found running back Prince-Tyson Gulley for a 61-yard touchdown pass to even the score, 7-7. The scoring drive lasted two plays and 63 yards and took just 38 seconds. It was the longest play of SU's season so far and the second of Nassib's career (62 yards to Can Chew vs. Rhode Island, 2011).
The Seawolves added a 20-yard field goal with 4:18 left in the first quarter to take a 10-7 lead.
An interception by Jeremi Wilkes at the Stony Brook 41-yard line gave the Orange the ball and momentum two minutes into the second quarter. It was Wilke's third career pick.
Ashton Broyld gave SU its first lead of the game with 6:01 left in the first half with a 22-yard touchdown run. The feshman's first career touchdown capped a five-play, 78-yard drive that lasted 1:26 and put the Orange up 14-10.
Stony Brook then took back the lead, 17-14, after a 71-yard rushing touchdown by Miguel Maysonet with 4:24 left in the first half.
Cornerback Brandon Reddish recorded his first career interception with 3:22 to go on a fourth-and-11 play, giving the Orange the ball with 3:22 left.
The Orange travel next to Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 22, to face the Golden Gophers at 8 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.