A field goal, a safety and a touchdown helped the Orange take a 12-7 lead in the first half against West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The Orange outgained WVU in total yards, 223-152.
After WVU stopped the SU offense on the goal line, the Orange defense came up big. Lynch and Diabate sacked quarterback Geno Smith in the end zone, resulting in a safety for SU at 7:59 in the second quarter. The Orange now held a, 5-0, advantage.
The last time the Orange scored a safety was against Cincinnati in 2004 when SU blocked a punt.
Following the safety, the Orange regained offensive possession. A 33-yard touchdown run up the middle by Prince-Tyson Gulley capped off a six play, 65-yard drive. Krautman's kick was good and SU held a 12-0 advantage with 6:07 left in the first half.
The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard with 3:38 left in the second quarter after Smith found Steadman Bailey for a 32-yard touchdown pass. Bitancurt's kick was good and WVU cut SU's lead to five, 12-7.
The Orange defense held the Mountaineers to only seven points in the first half, which ties WVU's season-low first half point total for this season.
A roughing the kicker penalty against SU gave WVU the ball back after the Orange forced the Mountaineers to punt on its first offensive possession. The Mountaineers put together an 11 play, 51-yard drive that set up Tyler Bitancurt for a 36-yard field goal attempt. Jay Bromley blocked Bitancurt's attempt, preserving the 0-0 score and giving SU its first offensive possession of the game.
The last time Syracuse blocked a kick was when Eric Crume batted down a PAT against Louisville this season.
A 25-yard field goal by Ross Krautman gave the Orange its first points and lead of the game at 5:21 in the first quarter after the Orange completed a 13 play, 72 yard drive. Tight end Beckett Wales registered 28 receiving yards in SU's initial drive.
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