Duke dominates 4th Quarter as SU falls again

Syracuse put up a fight but could not make the plays down the stretch to pull off the upset against Duke in their home finale. Two specials teams play haunt the Orange as they fall to 3-7 on the season and are eliminated from bowl contention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It was 10-10 entering the fourth quarter. Syracuse could not ask for more as they attempt to upset nationally ranked Duke on senior day inside the Carrier Dome. Then everything that could go wrong did.

After Riley Dixon was forced to punt from his own one, Jamison Crowder returned the kick 52-yards for what would be the game winning score. Ahead 17-10, the Duke defense stopped Syracuse on the ensuing drive. The Orange tried a fake punt from their own 31-yard line, but could not convert.

Duke took advantage of the great field position and kicked a field goal to stretch the lead to double digits. Two plays later, Breon Borders picked off Austin Wilson for the second time on the afternoon. Three plays after that, Anthony Boone hit Issac Blakeney for a 54-yard touchdown to put the game away.

Mitch Kimble relieved Wilson for parts of the game and looked solid running the ball. He tied the game with an eight yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. But his lack of an accurate arm limited the Orange offense from that point on. Kimble ended up leading Syracuse in rushing with 42-yards on 10 carries.

The Syracuse defense did their part, limiting an explosive Duke offense to less than 270-yards of total offense. As has been the story all season, the offense failed to hold up their end of the bargain turning it over twice and racking up less than 230-yards. Only 13 of those came in the fourth quarter.

Wilson finished 11-19 for 68-yards passing with two interceptions. Kimble was 6-13 for 37-yards.

On senior day, Syracuse fell 27-10 to Duke, falling to 3-7 (1-5) on the season. The Orange have a bye week and then wrap up the 2014 campaign with road games against Pittsburgh and Boston College.


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