FB : Last time they played: Syracuse 19, West Virginia 14

first_img Comments Published on October 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Chandler Jones glanced up at the scoreboard as the clock dwindled down to the one-minute mark. He knew Syracuse was on the verge of turning in one of its best performances of the season. But it would all be for naught if the defense could not buckle down in the 60 seconds to halt one last West Virginia drive.‘I looked back at the clock and there was one minute and three seconds left, and I was like, ‘This is it, the game is on our shoulders,” Jones said after the game.With Syracuse holding a slim five-point lead and the Mountaineers just 20 yards from the end zone, the Orange turned away three straight attempts for West Virginia to break through. And on fourth-and-22, SU humbled the dynamic Mountaineer offense one last time. Jones, Anthony Perkins and Shamarko Thomas sent WVU quarterback Geno Smith to the turf for the team’s fifth sack of the afternoon, securing a 19-14 victory on the road on Oct. 23, 2010.In SU’s arguably most impressive game of last season, the Orange earned a hard-fought win over the Mountaineers in front of 58,112 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va. Syracuse took home the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy, awarded to the game’s winner, for the first time since 2001.SU’s defense was at the forefront of the upset victory. The Orange allowed just 99 yards of total offense. After West Virginia scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, the defense settled in and held the Mountaineers scoreless for the final three quarters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA week after surrendering 45 points to Pittsburgh in an embarrassing loss in the Carrier Dome, SU ended up spoiling West Virginia’s homecoming with an upset win.‘We weren’t playing to (preserve) the win,’ defensive end Mikhail Marinovich said after the game. ‘We were playing to attack, attack, attack. … That’s the mindset we went out with.’The Orange defense made crucial plays down the stretch — in addition to the final drive — to fuel the victory. Phillip Thomas intercepted Geno Smith on the goal line, and linebacker Doug Hogue added two interceptions of his own on the afternoon.The Orange was able to capitalize off of those miscues, tallying nine points off turnovers. SU simply took advantage of its opportunities to score points.Ryan Nassib threw a touchdown pass to Van Chew in the first quarter, and Ross Krautman added four field goals to shock the Mountaineers.‘West Virginia is a great football team,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said after the game. ‘There is no plan or anything to beating a West Virginia football team. The only way is you go out there and you play your heart out. … And at the end of the day, you hope you can execute better and take advantage of maybe some miscues. And we were able to do that.’The win over then-No. 20 West Virginia was the signature win for Marrone in his second year at the helm of the Orange. The 2010 team went 5-1 on the road, and this game epitomized SU’s ability to win away from home in a hostile environment.It was a career-defining win for the SU players.‘There was a lot of pressure to keep them out of the end zone,’ Hogue said after the game. ‘But it was amazing. We just played solid football, stayed disciplined and got the job done.‘It’s still settling in on me. It’s just a great feeling.’—Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img