Syracuse put up lots of points despite those first-half struggles. Nassib finished out with a well rounded statistical production consisting of eight-for-15 completions for 169 yards passing. Nassib's number one target, Van Chew, had three receptions for 68 yards.
In the first two quarters, Colgate's Gregg Sullivan engineered four drives into SU's red zone, but kept coming away empty-handed. Sullivan ended the contest 20-for-31 for 146 yards and two interceptions. Senior receiver Doug Rosnick had a game-high 10 catches for 84 yards.
The Raiders displayed a great running attack, rolling up 230 yards. Junior tailback Nate Eachus contributed with an impressive performance of 147 yards on 35 carries.
It was not a pretty picture for the Orange's offense in the first two frames, mainly because Colgate's defense played well. But the Raiders self-destructed with yellow flags, turnovers, and poor execution squandering their opportunities to score as SU, despite itself, led 14-0 at halftime.
Carter scored SU's first TD with just under five minutes left in the first quarter when he navigated off the right tackle, used a nice block from receiver Marcus Sales, and scampered into the end zone from 24 yards out.
While SU's defense was pitching a shutout, the offense reciprocated, scoring a TD to double the margin to 14-0. With 1:32 remaining in the half, Bailey caught a Nassib short screen pass over the middle, took off and dove into the end zone between two Colgate defenders for a 37-yard score.
Carter scored two times in third quarter on runs of nine and 12 yards. Credit should go to SU's offensive line that created holes for Carter and Bailey to navigate through.
Colgate refused to be shut out generating its only score with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter when Eachus bulled in from 12 yards out.