Florida St. Gets Past Syracuse

From Associated Press

Leon Washington rushed for a career-high 164 yards and scored twice in the second half and No. 8 Florida State survived a major scare, rallying past Syracuse, 17-13, on Saturday night at Syracuse, N.Y.

It was the 346th victory in Coach Bobby Bowden’s storied career, and he knew the Seminoles (4-1) were lucky to walk out of the Carrier Dome with a victory.

“They should have won the ballgame,” Bowden said. “They outfought us. They outhustled us. They out-executed us. I don’t know how we won.”


The tide began to turn late in the third quarter with Syracuse (3-3) clinging to a 10-3 lead. Washington scored on a 21-yard run late in the third to tie it at 10-10 and capped the victory with a 45-yard dash down the left side early in the fourth.

A week after rushing for 360 yards against Rutgers, the Orangemen were held to 58 yards in 31 carries. In the second half, the Seminoles held Syracuse to 60 yards of total offense.

With Chris Rix on the sideline nursing an ankle sprain, quarterback Wyatt Sexton started his second straight game. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 169 yards but maintained his poise in the face of a raucous Carrier Dome crowd of just over 40,000.

Pittsburgh 27, Temple 22 -- Raymond Kirkley scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Pittsburgh rallied from a 13-point deficit at Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh (3-2, 1-1), which trailed, 16-3, before Josh Cummings’ field goal late in the second quarter cut the Owls’ lead to 10 at halftime, rebounded from a loss to Connecticut in its Big East opener.

Temple (1-5, 0-1) has not beaten a conference opponent since knocking off Rutgers in the 2002 season.