Sloppy Orange drops Big East opener to Rutgers

Turnovers, penalties hurt in 19-16, double-OT loss

A third home game for the Syracuse University football team in 2011 went to overtime – only here, the Orange would taste defeat.

Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome in the Big East opener against Rutgers, SU squandered many scoring opportunities leaving points on the board. And it finally cost them as, in the second overtime, on Rutgers’ third possession, San San Te booted in a 27-yard field goal to help the Scarlet Knights prevail 19-16.

This last kick came after Antwon Bailey fumbled the football before his knee hit the ground in the Orange’s possession at the start of the second OT. After a lengthy review by the officials the play was upheld, and minutes later SU had seen its record fall to 3-2.

SU and Rutgers featured a defensive battle, as both teams struggled to score touchdowns. And it was fitting that the contest would end on one more SU mistake.

There were nine turnovers overall, including three Rutgers fumbles and one interception. SU was also hindered by, among other things, two fumbles from Bailey.

Ryan Nassib delivered, statistically, his worst outing of the season, going 15-for-32 for 169 yards. In addition, he was picked off three times and was sacked a season-high three times.

But it was not all Nassib’s fault because his receivers dropped a total of seven passes. A few those dropped passes prevented SU from sustaining drives and adding to a 13-3 third- quarter advantage.

Kick Ross Krautman, the reigning Big East Special Teams Player of the Week, also struggled, botching an extra point (which was caught this time). He also missed a 40-yard field goal and had one blocked in the fourth quarter, adding up to seven missed points

Late in regulation, Rutgers was trailing, 13-6, and had no other alternative but go for it on fourth down-and-9 from the SU 33. Nova, who had replaced Chas Dodd earlier in the game, hit Quron Pratt for a 13-yard reception. Jawan Jamison gained 17 yards on three carries during that drive, too.

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