WATCH: Syracuse’s Game Winning Drive vs Virginia
It was hard work and certainly not pretty but Syracuse managed to beat Virginia to move to 4-0. Highlights of the game-winning drive can be viewed in the video above.
Syracuse football jumped out to a 16-0 lead, let it slip away in the fourth quarter and then kicked a late field goal to secure a 22-20 victory over Virginia Friday night in the JMA Wireless Dome. The Orange’s record now stands at 4-0 (2-0). Next up is Wagner on Saturday, October 1st at 5: 00 p.m.
After an impressive start that saw Syracuse march down the field on its first drive for an easy touchdown on a Garrett Shrader run, the Virginia defense stifled the Orange offense for the rest of the night. Syracuse managed just five field goals and lost the ball four times. SU was one of the few teams that hadn’t turned the ball over before entering the game.
Virginia was less efficient but got into a rhythm in the second period. The Orange took a 16-0 advantage into halftime, and the Cavs scored a touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter. The Orange would lose the ensuing kickoff and Virginia would score another touchdown just moments later.
In the fourth quarter, Virginia’s quarterback Brennan Armstrong found Lavel Davies on a fourth-and-goal play to take the lead. However, the advantage was only one point.
With a facemask penalty, Syracuse would drive in field goal range on the next possession. Andre Szmyt drilled his fifth of the night with 1: 14 remaining to give the Orange the lead back. Virginia would be stopped at midfield by the defense to win the game.
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Shrader finished the game 22-33 for 277 yards and one interception. He also ran for 11 yards and one touchdown. Sean Tucker ran for 60 yards on 21 carries and added 39 yards receiving but lost a fumble in the first half. Oronde Gadsden led the team with seven catches for 113 yards.
Virginia had 287 yards of offense, 149 of which came on the ground. Brennan Armstrong was just 19-38 passing for 138 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one lost fumble. Shrader was sacked six more times, while Armstrong was dropped four more times. It was also a costly game in Syracuse, as Terry Lockett and Ja’Had Carter were both injured at different points.
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