Late rally not quite enough for Syra­cuse

A week af­ter tough loss to Clemson, Or­ange fall to Pitt

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Pitts­burgh

Pitts­burgh’s Dar­rin

Hall ran for 107 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing the go-ahead score in over­time, as the Pan­thers ral­lied past Syra­cuse 4437 on Satur­day.

Hall’s 3-yard burst on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the ex­tra pe­riod put the Pan­thers up and Pitt sopho­more de­fen­sive back Ther­ran Cole­man picked off Syra­cuse’s Eric Dungey in the end zone on the Or­ange’s first of­fen­sive snap to give the Pan­thers a stir­ring vic­tory.

“Our kids needed that one,” Pitt head coach Pat Nar­duzzi said af­ter his team ended a two-game los­ing streak.

Qadree Ol­li­son ran for 192 yards and a score for the Pan­thers (3-3, 2-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who weath­ered a 75-minute light­ning de­lay and a late surge by the Or­ange to beat Syra­cuse (4-2, 1-2) for the eighth straight time at Heinz Field.

The Or­ange trailed by 10 in the third quar­ter but pushed in front 37-34 with 5:53 left in reg­u­la­tion only to let it slip away while los­ing late for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week.

Pitt’s Alex Kess­man hit a 45-yard field goal to tie it with 8 sec­onds to go and Hall, Ol­li­son and the of­fen­sive line did the rest in over­time.

“The line said, ‘Coach, keep run­ning it, we got you,’ ” Nar­duzzi said.

Dungey com­pleted 18 of 38 passes for 195 yards with a touch­down and two picks dur­ing an er­ratic day in which he also ran for a team-high 70 yards and a touch­down.

Syra­cuse head coach Dino Babers pointed to thegameasatestofhis team’s ma­tu­rity fol­low­ing a drain­ing loss to Acc-power Clemson last week. Early on it looked like Syra­cuse had fi­nally grown up. The Or­ange raced to a quick 14-0 lead less than 10 min­utes in.

The Pan­thers, how­ever, found their foot­ing be­hind a de­fense that kept Dungey off-bal­ance and oc­ca­sion­ally off his feet.

Pitt ripped off 27 of the game’s next 30 points be­fore the de­lay put the game on hold.

Keith Srako­cic / As­so­ci­ated Press

Syra­cuse quar­ter­back Eric Dungey, right, ran for a team-high 70 yards, but he was er­ratic pass­ing, with two in­ter­cep­tions.

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