West Virginia Drops Syracuse

Syracuse's season hit a new low Sunday afternoon.

Avon Cobourne and Quincy Wilson put together 200 yards and Rasheed Marshall ran for two touchdowns and threw for another one as West Virginia crushed Syracuse 34-7. Syracuse has dropped its last four games and has yet to defeat a Division I-A team.

The Mountaineers (5-2, 2-0 Big East) racked up 279 rushing yards and ended a three game losing streak against Syracuse. Cobourne had a large part to do with that amassing 108 yards and 28 carries – his sixth 100-yard game of the season. Wilson did his best part to complement Cobourne collecting 99 yards on 16 carries.

West Virginia was having such success, that Marshall needed only 8-16 completions through the air for 105 yards – including a 20-yard strike to Miquelle Henderson in the third quarter to put West Virginia up 27-0. Marshall also had a good day running the football himself, scampering for 54 yards on just 11 carries.

As for the Orangemen (1-6, 0-3), their season only got worse. They struggled on defense the entire afternoon, dropping their fourth game in a row for the first time in 16 years. The defense has yielded over 30 points per game.

Offensively, Syracuse wasn't much better. R.J. Anderson went 6-of-17 for 71 yards and an interception before being replaced by Troy Nunes, who was 10-of-17 for 99 yards. Syracuse committed four turnovers, and could only muster a Chris Davis two-yard TD run.

Marshall got the scoring started with a four yard TD run that capped an 80-yard opening drive. West Virginia's Todd James added two field goals before Marshall punched it in the endzone again on a 14-yard TD dash that put the Mountaineers up 20-0 with 11:18 left in the second quarter. Walter Reyes, who fumbled the ball on the previous possession at the Orangemen 26, set up that tally. Wilson marched in from the one with 15 ticks left for the final score.

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