After playing two highly ranked teams the past two weeks, No. 13 Syracuse was ripe for a letdown against struggling Rutgers on Saturday at Syracuse, N.Y.
Instead, the Orangemen overwhelmed the mistake-prone Scarlet Knights, 70-14. It was the second-highest point total in Syracuse history and the most points scored against Rutgers since 1888.
“We wanted to come out and play our game and not lower our level at all. I think we did that,” said Rob Konrad, who scored three first-half touchdowns as Syracuse built a 42-7 halftime lead.
Rutgers Coach Terry Shea was left shaking his head after watching his team yield the most points by Rutgers since Princeton scored 82 in 1888.
“They complained about us taking a knee last year,” Syracuse offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers said, referring to last year’s 50-3 victory. “This year, we didn’t take a knee.”
The offensive outburst by Syracuse (2-1, 1-0 Big East) fell one point short of the school record of 71 points scored against Colgate in the Orangemen’s 1959 national championship season.
Rutgers (1-2, 0-2) has lost 16 consecutive game against major-college competition. Its one victory this year was 7-6 over Richmond, a Division I-AA school.
Donovan McNabb tied Boston College quarterback Glenn Foley’s Big East record of 61 touchdown passes with a 50-yarder to Kevin Johnson in the second quarter.
Mike Cloud rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive game and had three touchdowns and Boston College (3-0, 2-0) crushed Temple (0-3, 0-1), 31-7, in a Big East game at Boston. Cloud, who gained 200 and 156 yards, respectively, in his previous two games, carried 27 times for 196 yards as the Eagles extended their best start since opening 7-0-1 six years ago. . . . Marc Bulger passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns and Amos Zereoue rushed for 135 yards and two scores as No. 19 West Virginia (1-1) rolled over Maryland (1-2), 42-20, in a nonconference game at Morgantown, W.Va. . . . Bobby Williams ran for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns as Army (1-1, 1-0) defeated Cincinnati (0-3, 0-2), 37-20, in a Conference USA game at West Point, N.Y., the Cadets’ first conference game in their 109-year history. . . . Alex Sierk kicked two field goals and Gerry Wilson had a last-minute interception to stop Cornell’s final drive as Princeton (1-0) dedicated its new stadium with a 6-0 victory over the Big Red (0-1) at Princeton, N.J. It was the Tigers’ first home game in two seasons and the season opener for both Ivy League teams. . . . Jim Finn rushed for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns to lift Penn (1-0) to a 17-14 Ivy League victory over Dartmouth (0-1) at Hanover, N.H. . . . Mark Cannan and Norman Hayes scored third-quarter touchdowns as Columbia (1-0) beat defending Ivy League champion Harvard (0-1), 24-0, at New York. It was the Lions’ first shutout of the Crimson since 1953. . . . Joe Walland’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Jake Borden as time expired gave Yale (1-0) a 30-28 come-from-behind Ivy League win over Brown (0-1) at Providence, R.I.
Todd Braverman kicked a 30-yard field goal with 49 seconds remaining to give No. 10 Virginia (3-0, 1-0) a come-from-behind 20-18 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Clemson (1-2, 0-1) at Charlottesville, Va. . . . Quarterback Steve Holley and fullback Irv Dingle each rushed for two touchdowns as Navy (1-1) overpowered Kent State (0-3), 38-24, in a nonconference game at Annapolis, Md.
Chris Wallace threw for 284 yards and five touchdowns as Toledo (2-1, 1-0) beat Western Michigan (1-2, 1-1), 35-7, in a Mid-American Conference game at Toledo, Ohio. . . . Bobby Weaver’s second touchdown pass of the fourth quarter, a 14-yarder to Troy Smith with 1:46 to play, rallied East Carolina (2-1) past Ohio (0-3), 21-14, in a nonconference game at Athens, Ohio.
Omar Bacon rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Utah (3-0, 1-0) survived a 97-yard touchdown fumble return by Hawaii (0-2, 0-1) and held off the Rainbows, 30-21, in a Western Athletic Conference game at Salt Lake City. . . . Ty Houghtaling’s 50-yard pass to Ryan Shaw with 20 seconds left gave New Mexico State (1-2) a 28-27 nonconference victory over New Mexico (2-1) at Las Cruces, N.M.
Marcus Brady threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and Chazz Moore returned a fumble 93 yards for another score as Cal State Northridge (1-1, 1-0) beat Northern Arizona (2-1, 0-1), 41-10, in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams at Flagstaff, Ariz. . . . Brian Gales and Brian Ah Yat scored two touchdowns each to lead Montana (2-1) to a 37-14 victory over Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (0-3) in a nonconference game at Missoula, Mont.