Orlando, FL – Syracuse Orange tops West Virginia Mountaineers 34-18 in Camping World Bowl in Orlando Florida. They didn’t pull away till 4th quarter scoring 17 unanswered points on West Virginia.
“I’m really happy for these seniors,” said Dino Babers Syracuse coach, “These guys really wanted to win their 10th game.”
This was Syracuse first 10 win season since 2001.
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey threw for 303 yards with a touchdown with 2 interceptions that West Virginia was not able to turn into points.
The Mountaineers were not in sync having to settle for four field goals in the game with only a single touchdown all game.
Wide receiver David Sills V was asked to be the superglue for the West Virginia offense being down few receivers and having the backup quarterback under center. Sills even had to step up and return punts during this contest. He had only 4 catches for 90 yards in the game.
West Virginia came into this game knowing that it would be without its top rated signal caller Will Grier who finished in fourth place in Heisman race. Grier elected not to participate to stay healthy for upcoming NFL draft.
Kenny Robinson one of West Virginia top defends was disqualified from the game at 9:08 mark in second quarter. Robinson a All BIG-12 free safety who helps fill for the running game. Two plays later Syracuse running back Abdul Adams almost walked in for a rushing touchdown and snatching the lead back 14-10.
Syracuse running backs had a nose for the end zone with three rushing touchdowns, Adams led the way with two of scores.
Both defenses held their own in the first half to keep the game interesting for the second half of the Camping World Bowl.
Jack Allison, making his first collegiate start completed 17 of 35 passes for 277 yards in defeat.
“I can make a bunch of excuses,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We played a good team. Give Coach Babers a lot of credit. They played good all year.”