Syracuse 42, Rutgers 0
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Mark McDonald, subbing at quarterback for the injured Marvin Graves, ran for one touchdown and threw for another, leading Syracuse to a 42-0 victory Saturday over punchless Rutgers.
Syracuse (3-2-2) scored 21 points in the second quarter to send Rutgers (2-5) to its fifth straight loss. Rutgers managed only 111 yards on offense and didn’t cross midfield until the final play of the third quarter.
It was Syracuse’s first shutout since blanking Virginia Tech 35-0 in the third game of the 1988 season. The Scarlet Knights had not lost by such a decisive margin since being trounced by Pittsburgh 52-6 in the last game of the 1982 season.
Without Graves, nursing an injury to his right shoulder, the Orangemen were ineffective offensively in the opening period. But McDonald, who rallied Syracuse to a victory over Georgia last year in the Peach Bowl, moved the Orangemen 39 yards, keeping the ball for a 1-yard touchdown run two minutes into the second quarter.
Syracuse made it 14-0 on its next possession when freshman tailback Terry Richardson ran 14 yards with a pitchout from third-string quarterback Doug Womack, who spelled McDonald for several plays after he took a hard hit from Rutgers linebacker Elnardo Webster.
Womack later added a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for a 35-0 lead.
McDonald returned, and with 1:37 left in the half directed Syracuse downfield. From the 23, he threw a touchdown pass to Rob Carpenter, splitting two defenders over the left hash mark in the end zone.
McDonald, who completed 16 of 20 passes for 168 yards and rushed for another 46, set up Syracuse for another touchdown in the third period with a 44-yard run to the Rutgers 17. Six plays later, fullback Duane Kinnon scored from the 2 to give Syracuse a 28-0 lead with 5:52 remaining in the period.
Reserve tailback Marcus Lee scored Syracuse’s last touchdown on a 1-yard run with 8:33 remaining.