Troy Nunes threw for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday, leading Syracuse to a 30-7 victory over West Virginia in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Nunes, who started the first three games of the season at quarterback, was outplayed last week by Madei Williams in an 18-13 loss to No. 4 Michigan. So Williams got the nod against the Mountaineers (1-3).
But when Williams was ineffective early in the game, getting tackled for a safety on the Orangemen's second possession, Nunes came to the rescue for Syracuse (3-1), which is seeking its fourth straight conference title.
He scored on a 24-yard run early in the second quarter and hit Pat Woodcock with a 22-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining in the half for a 17-7 lead.
Nunes was 9 of 13 for 102 yards passing and rushed for another another 36 yards. Williams was 1 of 5 passing for 6 yards and one interception and rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries.
"We're just trying to get some pride in this offense," said Nunes. "We can't feel sorry for us after the Michigan game. We obviously think we're a couple of plays away from being 4-0, but we're 1-0 in the conference."
The Syracuse defense continued its inspired play. West Virginia's only points in the game came on Jay Taylor's 23-yard field goal and two safeties -- all in the first half. And when starting quarterback Marc Bulger, a fifth-year senior and the catalyst of the offense, injured the index finger on his throwing hand and couldn't play in the second half, West Virginia was in trouble.
Bulger, who was 9 of 14 for 85 yards, was replaced by sophomore Brad Lewis, who had thrown just two passes in the first three games. Lewis, who finished 8 of 14 passing for 64 yards and had two interceptions, got the Mountaineers moving in the fourth quarter.
Boston College still perfect
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Cedric Washington rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns as Boston College (3-0, 1-0) rolled to a 27-7 Big East victory over Rutgers (0-3, 0-1).
Tim Hasselbeck threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to DuJuan Daniels and John Matich kicked two field goals as Boston College beat Rutgers for the fifth straight time.
Washington's TD runs covered 8 and 12 yards and cornerback Jonathan Ordway had two of the Eagles' three interceptions. Boston College outgained Rutgers, 427-307, and held the ball for 34 minutes, 36 seconds.
Army steamrolls Ball State
WEST POINT -- Quarterback Joe Gerena kept the ball on options 15 times for 122 yards to lead Army to its first win, 41-21, over Ball State.
Gerena moved Army's option offense throughout, scoring four touchdowns and setting up two field goals. The Cadets (1-2) marched over Ball State (0-4) 63 times for 447 yards and averaged 7.1 yards per play.
Gerena ran in two touchdowns to start off the second half. His second, a 6-yard dash, put Army ahead, 38-7, with eight minutes left in the third quarter. Gerena's halfback, Brian Rooney, had 12 carries for 115 yards.
Around the nation
Travis Prentice extended his NCAA record for games with two touchdowns as Miami of Ohio (3-1, 2-0) took a 24-16 win at Central Michigan (1-3, 0-1) in the Mid-American Conference.
It was the 23rd time Prentice has scored two or more touchdowns in a game, extending the mark he set last week when he broke Ricky Williams' NCAA record of 21.
In Ithaca, Ricky Rahne threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns to lead Cornell (2-0) to a 42-14 win over Fordham (0-3). Rahne completed 19 of 29 passes before leaving the game halfway through the fourth quarter.
Ryan Vena threw three touchdown passes to Joe Parker to lead Colgate (3-1) to a 35-3 victory over Dartmouth (0-2). Vena completed 17 of 24 passes for 257 yards. Parker caught 10 for 191 yards while Randy Joseph had 21 carries for 91 yards for Colgate.
Chester Taylor rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown as host Toledo (2-1) took a 24-3 win over Massachusetts (1-2), though Marcel Shipp piled up 111 yards on 29 carries for the Minutemen.
Quarterback Chad Richardson rushed for 105 yards and Derek Crabtree kicked a 31-yard field goal to break a tie with 10:26 left as Rice (1-3) scored a 20-17 victory over visiting Navy (1-3).