Perry Patterson had one word for Syracuse's comeback win over Connecticut on Saturday -- luck.
Patterson threw for two touchdowns -- the first on a Hail Mary to Andre Fontenette with no time left in the first half -- while Walter Reyes ran for two scores and the Syracuse defense forced five turnovers in a wild 42-30 triumph.
Archrivals in basketball, it was the first meeting between the teams in football and it was especially critical for Syracuse (4-4 overall, 2-1 Big East) and its postseason hopes.
Connecticut (5-3, 2-3) lost despite gaining 566 yards, 35 first downs and attempting only one punt.
"It's a lot of yards to give up and win, but we did score three touchdowns off three turnovers," said Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who has been under fire from the fans. "We gave up a lot of yards, but it was a lot of underneath stuff. There weren't many deep balls."
Huskies quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns and completed a school-record 39 passes.
Reyes, who sat out the Orange's last game with the flu, finished with 121 yards on 15 carries.
Around the MAC
Stan Hill threw a TD pass and Chris Royal returned an interception for a score to lead Marshall (5-3, 5-0) to a 20-3 victory over Central Florida (0-8, 0-5) in the Mid-American Conference.
Garrett Wolfe rushed for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and scored the winner on a 9-yard run in overtime, to give Northern Illinois (7-2, 6-0) a 38-31 victory at Ball State (1-8, 1-5).
Omar Jacobs passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns as Bowling Green (6-2, 4-1) took a 41-20 win over Eastern Michigan (3-5, 3-2).
Joshua Cribbs rushed for 223 yards and two TDs and passed for 150 yards and another score to lead Kent State (2-6, 1-4) to a 42-16 win over Ohio (3-6, 1-5).
Ronald Budd kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Central Michigan (3-5, 2-3) a 24-21 win over Western Michigan (1-7, 0-5).
Around the nation
Ryan Kuhn threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns and Cornell (2-5, 2-2) held on for a 21-20 win over Princeton (4-3, 2-2) in the Ivy League.
Eric Rath rushed for 94 yards as Lehigh (7-1, 3-0) scored a 21-14 win over Colgate (5-3, 3-1) in the Patriot League. Colgate's Jamaal Branch was held to just 29 yards rushing -- nearly 100 yards under his average.
Ted Ginn returned a punt 67 yards for a TD and Tyler Everett ran back an interception 24 yards for a score to lead Ohio State (5-3, 2-3) to a 21-10 win over Penn State (2-6, 0-5) in the Big Ten.
Sandro DeAngelis (St. Joe's) opened the scoring with a 41-yard field goal and added three extra points to lift Nebraska (5-3, 3-2) to a 24-3 win over Missouri (4-4, 2-3) in the Big 12.
Corvair Harge (Sweet Home) rushed for 141 yards for Central Connecticut State (6-2) in a 9-6 loss at Monmouth (8-1).