SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The game was seemingly over. Down by one with the ball with over three minutes to play, Terrel Hunt dropped back and looked over the middle. He saw Broyld cutting towards the middle of the field on a slant. He delivered a strike, but Boston College linebacker Steele Divitto stepped in front of the ball and picked it off.
The Eagles were in control. But the Syracuse defense stood tall once again, and kept Boston College out of the end zone. Now the Orange would get one last chance, with 2:08 left, to save their season and become bowl eligible trailing 34-31.
Terrel Hunt used pinpoint accuracy and some nifty scrambling to lead Syracuse to a first and goal with twelve seconds left. Then it happened. A play with a long history at Syracuse, the tight end throw back.
Hunt sprinted to the right, waited just long enough, and threw all the back to the left where Josh Parris was standing at the 10-yard line. He makes the catch, gets two big time blocks from Rob Trudo and Michael Lasker, and finds his way into the end zone.
Game over. Six wins. Bowl eligibility.
"Going into this game, we were seven points shy of having two more victories," head coach Scott Shafer said. "If we do that, everyone's happy as hell around here. But we came up short. Today was a war. It was a war about character. I love the crowd. Love Syracuse, love the crowd."
This game feature the gamut of emotions for Syracuse. A strong start where the Orange controlled both sides of the ball resulted in a 7-0 hole after the first quarter. Syracuse was unable to get any points off of their first two drives, despite driving inside the Boston College 10-yard line on both.
Syracuse took further control by scoring 21 unanswered points with a Josh Parris touchdown catch, George Morris run, and Terrel Hunt run. But Boston College responded with two straight scoring drives, one with a tight-end throw back of their own to end the first half. The second right out of halftime tied up the game on a Chase Rettig run.
Andre Williams came into the game as a Heisman hopeful with nearly 2,100 yards on the season. But Syracuse had a game plan and limited his impact to just 29-yards on nine carries. He left the game early in the second half with an injury and did not return.
Myles Willis filled in admirably for Williams, finishing with 70-yards on 17 carries.
Every time Boston College would look to cease control of the game, Syracuse responded.
"Never give up," Shafer said. "I don't care if it was Florida State when we got our butts kicked. Or Clemson when we let ourselves down most importantly. Our kids never quit and they come back the next week and are resilient."
After the Orange failed to score a touchdown on a few promising second half drives, the defense gave Syracuse the ball back to set up the game winning drive. The Orange would march 75-yards in 2:02 with the throw back score capping an incredible game.
"Coach had been calling the whole drive, sprint protection," tight end Josh Parris said. "So when I was backside blocking, the d-end would bull rush every time. So we wanted to use his strength against him. We called the delay for me. He bull rushed me, I threw him off. It was a great throw by Terrel and great blocking from Rob Trudo and Lasker. They made the blocks down the field and I got into the end zone."
Syracuse dominated the stats, finishing with a 480 to 359 total yardage advantage. They also held the ball for 13 minutes longer than the Eagles. Terrel Hunt had his best day as the Orange signal caller, finishing 29-43 for 270-yards and two scores. He also added 90-yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Josh Parris and Alvin Cornelius each had seven catches for the Orange, with Cornelius leading in receiving yards at 81.
With the win, Syracuse moves to 6-6 on the season, 4-4 in ACC play as they wait for a bowl to call their name.