"Syracuse came out hitting on all cylinders and we made a lot of errors," said AU senior defensive end James Callier.
Redshirt freshman Jason Campbell got off to a good start in his first-career road start. On the Tigers' first possession he capped of the 85-yard drive with a 44-yard touchdown run to give Auburn an early 7-0 lead. That was all the points the Tigers would manage until a late touchdown by sophomore Chris Butler.
Syracuse bounced right back and tied the game at seven when Mungro scored on a two-yard touchdown run on the Orangemen's next possession. Both teams were forced to punt on their next possessions, then the downward spiral began for the Tigers and the Orangemen capitalized on several youthful mistakes by Auburn.
Syracuse didn't capitalize on the first Auburn turnover, a Campbell fumble forced by Will Hunter when he came on a corner blitz. However, the Orangemen did on the second one when quarterback R.J. Anderson scored on a eight-yard touchdown run. on a draw play.
The turnover was caused by the first of two Dwight Freeney sacks when knocked the ball loose from Campbell. Damon Duval missed a 28-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half which would have cut the lead to four.
"Freeney caused us a lot of problems the whole game," Tommy Tuberville said. The AU coach added, "It was key when they got to Jason earlyl. I think he started to get antsy feet after that."
After the Tigers were forced to punt on the their opening possession of the second half, Mungro led a 49-yard scoring drive with five carriers for 17 yards and his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Orangemen gained 14 of those yards on penalties, including a nine-yard defensive holding call on third down and nine. On the second play of the next drive, Campbell threw his second interception of the season, which was his third turnover of the game. Campbell's arm was hit and his pass to intended receiver Tim Carter was well underthrown and picked off by Latroy Oliver.
After a missed Syracuse field goal, head coach Tuberville went to his bag of tricks with the Tigers trailing 21-7. But that, like most things Auburn tried on the Orangemen defense, failed to work. The Tigers' fourth turnover of the night, a Justin Fetsko fumble, led to another touchdown run by Mungro, which was his third of the night.
On the insuing offensive play for the Tigers, Freeney sacked Campbell for the second time forcing yet another fumble. It was the senior's 12th-consecutive game with a sack and sixth with at least two. The Big East opponent turned that into three points with a 40-yard field goal. The field goal ended the scoring for the Orangemen. Auburn tacked on a late touchdown when Butler scored on a 21-yard screen pass from Campbell. It was Butler's first career touchdown.