Wyoming Falls to Syracuse in Double Overtime Thriller, 40-34
Sept. 30, 2006
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -Delone Carter scored his fourth touchdown on a 15-yard run in the second overtime to give Syracuse a 40-34 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.
Syracuse (3-2) has won three straight for the first time since 2002, while Wyoming (1-4) lost its fourth consecutive game.
Carter helped bail out backfield partner Curtis Brinkley, who lost two fumbles, with 129 yards on 20 carries and the first points of his college career.
Carter, a freshman, also scored on a 16-yard run up the middle in the first overtime, and gave the Orange a 27-20 lead with a 13-yard scamper with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter.
After Carter scored in the first extra session, Wynel Seldon responded with a 14-yard TD run for the Cowboys.
Wyoming, with redshirt freshman quarterback Karsten Sween in for starter Jacob Doss for most of the second half, failed to score in the second extra period. After Sween hit tight end Chris Sundberg for 11 yards, the Syracuse defense stiffened and Jameel McClain stopped Joseph Harris on a fourth-and-1 from the 5 to set up Carter's winning score.
Sween, who had thrown just one pass this season, finished 19-for-27 for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
He led the Cowboys to the tying touchdown with a 92-yard drive in the closing minutes of regulation, completing eight passes for 81 yards. A pass interference call against Terrell Lemon in the last minute gave the Cowboys the final chance they needed, and Sween hit Marsh with a 15-yard TD pass on a slant over the middle with 5 seconds left.
The Syracuse defense, which entered the game tied for the national lead in sacks, registered six more to increase its season total to 25 and also had four turnovers to up its season total to 13.
Wyoming had gained a 17-10 lead late in the third after Brinkley fumbled and John Prater recovered for the Cowboys at the Syracuse 26. Sween hit Tyler Holden on a 6-yard scoring strike with 3:20 left.
The Orange came right back on their next possession, and Carter capped a five-play drive with a weaving 15-yard scoring run through the secondary.
Aric Goodman's 41-yard field goal gave the Cowboys a 20-17 lead early in the fourth, and the Orange tied it at 9:42 after a special teams blunder by Wyoming.
Syracuse was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, but Hoost Marsh did not call for a fair catch and Lemon recovered his fumble at the Wyoming 26. After Perry Patterson threw two incompletions, Patrick Shadle kicked a 41-yard field goal to tie it.
Doss hit Kyle Jacobo for a 15-yard touchdown on third down early in the second, and Patterson connected with tight end Tom Ferron on a 19-yard TD pass to tie it late in the period.
Goodman's 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half tied it 10-all.