Texas Bowl Champs! Syracuse uses last minute rally to beat Minnesota
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:34:43 GMT —
The games may be separated by nearly a month, but for the second contest in a row Syracuse Football used a late rally to come out victorious in a must-win ball game.
Syracuse trailed Minnesota 17-14 with under two minutes to play when freshman phenom Brisly Estime returned a punt 72 yards to the Minnesota 14 yard line.
From there, Terrel Hunt took over.
Facing a 3rd and 7, Hunt couldn't find an open receiver and scampered into the end zone to put the Orange in front for good at 21-17.
Hunt scored twice on the day, which resulted in Syracuse's third bowl victory in four years. That hasn't happened for SU in 20 years.
Jerome Smith, playing in his final game with Syracuse University scored the first touchdown of the day, before Hunt put the Orange in from 14-3 early in the 3rd quarter.
Minnesota staged a rally of their own scoring on two touchdown passes to ultimately go in front 17-14 before late game heroics delivered the Orange to victory.
Syracuse finishes its first season in the ACC, and of course its first season under Scott Shafer with a 7-6 record.