The Bearcats continue to be the only constant in the Big East. After a wacky weekend, Syracuse vaults to No. 2 while South Florida falls to No. 8. What’s left in between? Your guess is as good as mine.
Defensive end Chandler Jones returned from his five-game absence to help Syracuse to a 49-23 win. His two sacks and six tackles were part of a defense that limited West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the rest of the potent Mountaineer offense.
With 8:28 left in the second quarter of Syracuse’s 49-23 upset of No. 11 West Virginia, Graham took a kickoff at SU’s 2 yard line and sprinted upfield. A hole opened up on the left side and suddenly, Graham was thinking six points.
For the second consecutive season, the Orange (5-2, 1-1 Big East) secured the trophy that goes to the winner of this rivalry game with an impressive performance, this time manhandling the Mountaineers (5-2, 1-1), 49-23.
The there were 45,265 people at the Carrier Dome on Friday to see Syracuse upset No. 11 West Virginia, 49-23, the largest crowd since Doug Marrone’s debut with the Orange on September 5, 2009 against Minnesota.