Oct. 19, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Univeristy of Connecticut football team fell 40-10 at Syracuse Friday night before a crowd of 36,715 at the Carrier Dome. UConn redshirt sophomore quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, GA.) had a solid game as he threw for 291 yards and a touchdown.
Syracuse's Jerome Smith finished with a career-high 133 yards rushing on 19 carries, SU quarterback Ryan Nassib was 14 of 20 for 251 yards passing and Ross Krautman kicked four field goals for the Orange.
The Orange focused during practice this week on creating turnovers and the hard work paid off in the second quarter.
Orange free safety Durell Eskridge blitzed, forcing a fumble by Whitmer, and Cameron Lynch recovered for the Orange near midfield. It was the 17th turnover of the season for the Huskies and the Orange capitalized.
Nassib converted two critical third-down passes to keep the ensuing drive alive, hitting tight end Beckett Wales for 18 yards over the middle and Lemon for 17 yards in traffic.
That set up a first-and-goal at the 10, and Adonis Ameen-Moore scored on fourth-and-inches for a 13-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Huskies finally got untracked just before halftime. Whitmer hit senior wide receiver Michael Smith (Houston, Teaxs) for 18 yards on a slant and followed with a 23-yard completion to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Shakim Phillips (Paterson, N.J.) After a pass-interference call against the Orange, Whitmer ran right, then turned and hit red shirt senior tight end Ryan Griffin (Londonderry, N.H.) all alone on the left side for a 32-yard score to make it 13-10 with 3:39 left.
Undaunted, Syracuse drove 77 yards for another touchdown, keyed by Lemon's brilliant 41-yard catch and run to the UConn 2. Nassib then rolled right and hit Wales for a 3-yard score and a 20-10 halftime lead.
Syracuse put the game out of reach in the third. After Lemon's 68-yard reception put the ball at the 2, Prince-Tyson Gulley scored on a 3-yard run.
Krautman kicked a 42-yard field goal, his third of the game, for a 30-10 lead midway through the period, and Lemon capped his brilliant night with an 11-yard reception over the middle with 2 minutes left in the period.
After a bye week, Connecticut returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 3 when it travels to USF for a BIG EAST game. The time and television coverage for that game will be annoucned on Monday. The game will be heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.