Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni isn't surprised by his team's scoring ability. Not with double-threat quarterback Donovan McNabb and a defense that gives the offense good field position.
McNabb threw for two touchdowns and ran for two Saturday as Syracuse won its fourth straight game, a 45-17 comeback over Boston College.
For the first time in school history, the Orangemen (4-2 overall, 4-0 in the Big East Conference) scored more than 40 points in four consecutive games. They've averaged 48.5 in that stretch.
"If you're playing good on defense, playing the kicking game well and playing good on offense, you've got a chance" to score a lot, Pasqualoni said. "We've had real good field position, which helped our point total."
Syracuse scored 17 points in the last 1:43 of the first half to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 24-14 lead over the Eagles (4-4, 1-3).
Those three scoring drives started at the Syracuse 48 and the Boston College 45 and 14. They started at their 43 and the BC 20 on two fourth-quarter possessions that ended in touchdowns.
McNabb, with 336 total yards, had his best game of the season. He ran 14 times for 68 yards and completed 14 of 21 passes for 268 yards.
"When you run the football with the quarterback, there's one more blocker," BC coach Dan Henning said. "When the quarterback runs well, it makes it double trouble."
Hokies trip up Panthers
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Jim Druckenmiller threw two scoring passes to Shawn Scales, and Ken Oxendine ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia Tech overcame a lackluster start to defeat Pittsburgh, 34-17, in the Big East.
Pitt (2-6, 1-4), which had given up an average of 53 points in its previous five games, kept Virginia Tech out of the end zone until the last minute of the first half and led, 17-13, late in the third quarter.
Virginia Tech (5-1, 4-1) regained the lead on a 7-yard touchdown pass to Scales and then broke the game open on the first play of the fourth quarter. Druckenmiller threw the ball 62 yards in the air and Scales caught it in full stride for a 71-yard TD play that put the Hokies ahead, 27-17.
Spartans batter Badgers
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Sedrick Irvin won the battle of freshmen running backs, helping Michigan State beat Wisconsin, 30-13, for its third straight Big Ten victory.
Irvin rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown and caught a 25-yard pass for another as the Spartans (5-3, 4-1) handed Wisconsin (3-4, 0-4) its fourth straight defeat.
Ron Dayne, the Badgers' 260-pound freshman running back, was held to 81 yards on 15 carries.
Army remains unbeaten
OXFORD, Ohio -- Joe Hewitt ran for 148 yards as Army beat Miami of Ohio, 27-7, to improve to 7-0 for the first time in 46 years.
Army rushed for 408 yards on 83 carries, while limiting Miami to 53 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Bobby Williams gained 99 yards on 14 carries, one a 5-yard touchdown run. Army passed just seven times but Ronnie McAda completed four of them, including a 39-yard TD pass to Rod Richardson for the game's first score. Miami is 4-5.
Middies sink Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chris McCoy and Omar Nelson led the second-best rushing game in Navy history, a 463-yard outburst that sent the Midshipmen to a 47-18 victory over Wake Forest (2-6).
McCoy carried 20 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and Nelson had 81 yards and two scores on 12 carries to pace the most prolific rushing performance by a Wake Forest opponent in the 57-year history of Groves Stadium.
McCoy also threw a touchdown pass to Nelson to help Navy (5-1) improve on its best start since the 1979 Midshipmen won their first six games. The Midshipmen had their highest rushing output since getting 553 against Columbia in 1943.
Rutgers dooms Temple
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Derek Ward recovered a fumble by Ramod Lee inches from the goal line with 2:36 to play, preserving Rutgers' 28-17 victory over Temple, which lost its 21st straight Big East road game.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Scarlet Knights (2-6, 1-4) and handed Temple (1-7, 0-4) its seventh straight defeat.
Green bigger than Red
ITHACA -- Quarterback Jon Aljancic and tailback Greg Smith led Dartmouth (6-0, 3-0) to 21 consecutive points in the second half and a 38-21 Ivy League victory over Cornell (2-4, 2-1).
Aljancic completed 16 of 21 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns; Smith carried 27 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Big Green. Chad Levitt had two scoring runs, the first a 72-yarder, for the Big Red.
Colgate wins fourth straight
HAMILTON -- Quarterback Ryan Vena completed 10 of 18 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and the Red Raiders' defense intercepted five Lafayette (3-3, 0-1) passes as Colgate won its first Patriot League game since 1994, 40-9, over Lafayette.
Colgate (4-4, 1-1) has won four straight since breaking a 16-game losing streak.