Syracuse 38, Temple 20

Syracuse left the Big East winners.

Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, and Adonis

Ameen-Moore rushed for a pair of scores to lead Syracuse to a 38-20

victory over Temple on Friday in the Orange’s final Big East

game.

The Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East) have won five of six games to

finish the season, and now await their bowl destination. Syracuse

is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Syracuse was down 10-0 early and Temple took a 20-17 lead midway

through the third quarter on quarterback Clinton Granger’s 10-yard

scamper that capped a four-play, 62-yard Owls drive.

But the Orange took over from there.

”We just kept fighting,” Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said.

”We were able to make the extra plays.”

Nassib said, ”We’ve been down like that before. It was only a

matter of time before we started clicking.”

Syracuse marched 75 yards on 12 plays on the next possession,

ending it with Aimeen-Moore’s 1-yard plunge to take a 24-20 lead

with 4:37 left in the quarter.

Prince-Tyson Gulley scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth

quarter, ending an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took up 4:04 and

gave them a 31-20 advantage.

Syracuse clinched it on Keon Lyn’s 31-yard interception return

of Granger’s errant pass with 2:37 left in the game. It was the

first of two interceptions for Lyn.

Though Syracuse focused on its ground game, racking up 260 yards

on 49 carries, Nassib completed 16 of 28 passes in his final

regular-season game.

”I don’t think words can put in perspective,” Marrone said of

Nassib. ”I’m not a very good storyteller but I am very proud of

him. I can promise you he’ll be playing again. You’ll see him on

Sundays (in the NFL).”

Nassib was playing in the stadium that is home to his favorite

professional team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and not far from his

West Chester, Pa., home.

”It went well,” he said. ”We played well as a team and came

out with a win. That’s all you can ask for. . It was perfect. I was

truly blessed.”

Temple’s Montel Harris, who ran for 351 yards and seven

touchdowns in last Saturday’s record-setting, 63-32 win over Army,

ran for 106 yards on 21 carries for the Owls (4-7, 2-5), who ended

their first season back in the Big East by losing five of six.

Granger, making his second start, threw for 173 yards and a TD

on 16-for-23 passing with a pair of interceptions. He also rushed

for 61 yards on 15 carries.

”It was a great opportunity for me to be out there and learn

from my mistakes and keep growing as a quarterback and leader so I

can be a good quarterback for my team in the future,” he said.

”They changed their front and started bringing more pressure.

That’s my job to recognize the pressure and put the protection to

the pressure. Sometimes I didn’t do that.”

After being bowl eligible for each of the last three seasons as

a member of the Mid-American Conference, Temple ended its first

season in the Big East without a bowl bid.

But Owls coach Steve Addazio expects his team to improve going

forward.

”We’ll be better for that,” he said. ”It’s a growing

experience. If we had stayed in the (MAC), we’d probably have

seven, eight or nine wins and going to a bowl game. You have to put

your pride down a little bit, but we see a bigger picture. We know

we’re going to be back in a bowl game.”