Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Nassib hit Marcus Sales with a three-yard touchdown pass midway through the final quarter to allow the Syracuse Orange to get past the South Florida Bulls 13-9 in a Big East opener at Raymond James Stadium.
Delone Carter ran for 105 yards on 26 carries for the Orange (4-1, 1-0 Big East), who are off to their best start since 2003. Ryan Nassib was 12-of-22 through the air for 129 yards and a touchdown, while Van Chew caught four balls for 59 yards.
The Bulls (3-2, 0-1) were limited to just 219 yards of total offense in the setback. Moise Plancher ran for 58 yards on 15 carries, while B.J. Daniels was just 9-of-23 through the air for 124 yards. Daniels was also intercepted twice and sacked four times.
The Bulls started the scoring when Maikon Bonani booted a 31-yard field goal two minutes into the second quarter.
Ross Krautman responded in kind for the Orange with a 35-yard boot of his own three minutes later, sending the game into intermission knotted at three apiece.
Krautman's second field goal of the afternoon, this one from 41 yards, gave Syracuse a 6-3 edge early in the third quarter.
South Florida regained the lead immediately when Lindsay Lamar returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
However, the Orange continued to fight, and in the fourth quarter the team used a 14-play, 98-yard drive that was capped off by Nassib's winning touchdown pass.
It was the first win for the Orange in six meetings against the Bulls, as Syracuse finished 307 total yards.
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