Defensive play boosts Orange in OT
Syracuse cornerback Kevyn Scott made an interception in the end zone on the first play of overtime, Ross Krautman kicked four field goals, including the 27-yard winner, and the Orange held off Toledo 33-30 on Saturday.
It was the third straight loss to a BCS team for Toledo (1-3) and the third straight home win for Syracuse (3-1), which beat Wake Forest in overtime in the season-opener.
Syracuse gained a 30-27 lead on Ryan Nassib’s 18-yard lob to Alec Lemon at the back of the end zone with 2:07 left in the fourth. Officials reviewed the extra point by Krautman, which appeared on a replay to be wide but was allowed to stand.
Ryan Casano’s 20-yard field goal on the final play of regulation sent the game into the extra period.
The Rockets were burned when they gambled on first down and Scott wrestled quarterback Austin Dantin’s pass away from the intended receiver in the right corner of the end zone.
Both teams were hurting physically. Toledo lost leading tailback Adonis Thomas in the first quarter and was missing four starters on defense. Neither team gave in a close game that featured five lead changes.
Toledo wideout Eric Page didn’t score, but he made Syracuse defenders dizzy with 13 catches for a career-high 158 yards.
Nassib finished 16 of 24 for 213 yards, and tight end Nick Provo had three catches for 54 yards and one touchdown for the Orange.
Dantin played most of the game and finished 22 of 32 for 258 yards passing and gained 42 yards rushing. The interception was the only turnover of the game for the Rockets, who nearly upset Ohio State on the road and a week ago gave No. 4 Boise State a tough game before falling.
The Orange took a 23-20 lead on Krautman’s 29-yard field goal with 12:37 left in the fourth, but the Rockets quickly rallied to regain the lead. Dantin hit Page over the middle for 32 yards, gained another 12 on a keeper, and Morgan Williams scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 61-yard drive that took just four plays and gave the Rockets a 27-23 lead with 10:54 left.
Williams also scored on a 21-yard run in the first quarter to give Toledo a 10-0 lead and David Fluellen caught a 29-yard scoring pass late in the third that gave the Rockets a 20-13 lead.
Syracuse tied it in four plays. Nassib hit Jarrod West for a 39-yard completion over the middle on a third-and-11 play. It was West’s first career reception and Antwon Bailey scored on a 29-yard run on the next play.
Provo caught a 25-yard touchdown pass for Syracuse and Krautman had field goals of 33 and 31 yards to give the Orange a 13-10 lead late in the second.
With one chance to tie it before the break, the Rockets did just that on freshman Jeremiah Detmer’s 52-yard field goal as time expired. It was his first field-goal attempt of the season and just 3 yards shy of the school record set in 2001 by Todd France.