What was anticipated to be a blowout surprisingly became a competitive battle in the first half between the Syracuse University football team and its neighbors (and one-time rivals) from Colgate.
The getaway took longer than expected Saturday afternoon - but the Orange would reverse the pendulum with a very strong second-half performance, ultimately outscoring the Raiders by a score of 42-7.
As in the previous Saturday against Maine, the Orange seized control by passing the football, but eventually changed their strategy and effectively ran at the 1-2 Red Raiders.
Colgate dominated in time of possession - 23:13, as compared to Syracuse with only 6:47. But the Red Raiders scoring drives were thwarted by six penalties for 56 yards.
Also, SU's defense responded to the challenge making critical stops, forcing Colgate to go a dismal two-for-10 on third-down conversions. The Raiders had a few opportunities to kick a field goal, but never attempted one
So what was the point of Colgate's head coach Dick Biddle's strategy for not cashing in?
"I think our offense did what we asked to do," Biddle said. "We've just got to get more points out of it. I think we got exposed by the skill players some, but I cannot fault the effort at all."
Syracuse's defense was impressive allowing only one TD in front of a Parent's Weekend crowd of 38,038 spectators. The last time SU posted a 3-1 start was 2003, when Paul Pasqualoni still was head coach. SU has defeated Colgate 15 consecutive times, including all four that have been played inside the Carrier Dome.
Running back Delone Carter overshadowed all the participants in the contest. Carter delivered a career-best performance, registering four touchdowns on 13 carries accounting for 172 yards. He passed the 20-touchdown mark for his young career.
Junior Antwon Bailey energized the offense out of the backfield with five first downs and caught Ryan Nassib's 24-yard TD pass. The multi-faceted Bailey played a pivotal role with three catches for 68 yards, and he also accumulated 27 yards on the ground.