Syracuse 26, Army 14
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) _ David Walker scored on a 3-yard run and Rob Carpenter caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mark McDonald as Syracuse rallied in the fourth quarter Saturday and beat Army 26-14.
Syracuse (4-2-2) scored twice in less than six minutes to turn back a stiff challenge by the Cadets (3-4).
Trailing 13-7, Army took its lone lead of the game with 13:11 remaining in the game on Callian Thomas’ 1-yard run, his first career touchdown.
McDonald, starting for the second straight week in place of injured Marvin Graves, guided the Orangemen 80 yards for the go-ahead score. McDonald, who completed 17 of 22 passes for 229 yards, hit Carpenter with passes of 10 and 11 yards and Andrew Dees caught another for 30 yards to set up Walker’s TD run with 7:47 left.
Carpenter, who had a career-high nine receptions for 140 yards, sealed the victory when he caught a sideline pass from McDonald at the Army 30 and outran several defenders to the end zone.
The Cadets, plagued all season by turnovers, committed their lone turnover of the afternoon early in the third quarter with Syracuse ahead 10-7.
Quarterback Willie McMillian lost a fumble at his own 35 and linebacker Glen Young recovered for Syracuse at the 37. The turnover resulted in John Biskup’s 23-yard field goal and a 13-7 Syracuse lead.
Syracuse went ahead 7-0 on their first possession when Al Wooten capped a 78-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run.
The Orangemen made it 10-0 in the second quarter on Biskup’s 33-yard field goal.
Army, stopped on its first two possessions, got untracked midway through the second quarter on a fourth-and-1 gamble at its own 37. McMillian’s got the first down on a keeper and then hit Arlen Smith out of the backfield for a 32- yard gain.
Two plays later Mike Mayweather ran 16 yards to the Orange 1 and then scored on the next play to pull Army to within 10-7.
Mayweather, Army’s career rushing leader, finished with 131 yards on 32 carries, his 19th career 100-yard game.