Boxscore
Syracuse 49, West Virginia 23
Friday, October 21, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Carrier Dome
Attendance - 45265

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
West Virginia 3 6 7 7 23
Syracuse 7 14 14 14 49

Recap


Syracuse looked like the class of the Big East in front of a rowdy Carrier Dome crowd by upsetting No. 15 West Virginia for the second straight year, 49-23, on Friday  night.

In an unlikely role reversal, it was Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) who was the unstoppable force with the football, scoring its highest point total in 59 meetings against its Big East rival.

Geno Smith, meanwhile, spent more time on his back than getting into any type of rhythm, throwing two picks in the face of a blitz-happy Orange defense that entered the game ranked 112th against the pass.

Syracuse’s rush was aided by the return of defensive end Chandler Jones, who recorded two sacks and provided a critical pressure that forced an interception late in the third quarter that all but cemented the victory. Jones had missed the previous five games with a lower-body injury but was the lynchpin that halted West Virginia (5-2, 1-1 Big East), which that had boasted the nation's fourth-best passing offense.

Syracuse also dominated in the other two phases, as tight end Nick Provo caught a career-high three touchdowns for the offense and Dorian Thomas returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score to give the Orange a 21-9 halftime edge.  Ryan Nassib, who tossed three interceptions in the conference opener earlier this month, was 24-of-32 for 230 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover.

Syracuse ate up the clock early, then came out after the break with four straight touchdowns. It got so out of hand that even running back Antwon Bailey completed a duck of a halfback pass in the fourth quarter. Bailey finished with 125 yards and a score in the Orange’s first victory of more than seven points this season.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:15
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 7 - West Virginia 0
1st Quarter - 1:06
West Virginia   FG  Syracuse 7 - West Virginia 3
2nd Quarter - 10:13
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 14 - West Virginia 3
2nd Quarter - 8:41
West Virginia   TD  Syracuse 14 - West Virginia 9
2nd Quarter - 8:28
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 21 - West Virginia 9
3rd Quarter - 10:07
West Virginia   TD  Syracuse 21 - West Virginia 16
3rd Quarter - 7:21
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 28 - West Virginia 16
3rd Quarter - 0:18
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 35 - West Virginia 16
4th Quarter - 11:29
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 42 - West Virginia 16
4th Quarter - 9:18
West Virginia   TD  Syracuse 42 - West Virginia 23
4th Quarter - 5:26
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 49 - West Virginia 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  West Virginia Syracuse
W/L 5 - 2 - 0 5 - 2 - 0
Conference 1 - 1 - 0 1 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  West Virginia Syracuse
Score 23 49
First Downs 20 23
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-13
46%
12-for-17
71%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 408 443
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 24-70 41-194
Average/Rush 2.9 4.7
Passing
Comp-Att 24-41 25-33
Passing Yards 338 249
Average/Pass Play 7.5 7.5
Penalties-Yards 5-37 3-25
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Time of Possession 24:05 35:55

PLAYER STATS

West Virginia (5 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Smith 24/41 338 2 2
Syracuse (5 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Nassib 24/32 229 4 0
A. Bailey 1/1 20 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Garrison 11 58 5.3 0
S. Alston 9 46 5.1 1
G. Smith 4 -34 -8.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Bailey 22 125 5.7 1
J. Smith 9 34 3.8 0
A. Ameen-Moore 5 19 3.8 0
R. Nassib 4 11 2.8 1
J. Kobena 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Bailey 7 130 18.6 1
T. Austin 6 60 10.0 0
W. Milhouse 2 46 23.0 0
D. Brown 2 36 18.0 0
D. Garrison 5 32 6.4 0
B. Starks 1 25 25.0 1
I. McCartney 1 9 9.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Graham 5 66 13.2 0
N. Provo 6 61 10.2 3
D. Stevens 2 34 17.0 1
V. Chew 3 31 10.3 0
A. Lemon 3 29 9.7 0
J. West 2 13 6.5 0
B. Wales 2 6 3.0 0
A. Bailey 1 5 5.0 0
J. Kobena 1 4 4.0 0
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