Syracuse at Temple

Syracuse 38, Temple 20

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Syracuse left the Big East winners.

Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, and Adonis Ameen-Moore rushed for a pair of scores to lead Syracuse to a 38-20 victory over Temple on Friday in the Orange's final Big East game.

The Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East) have won five of six games to finish the season, and now await their bowl destination. Syracuse is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Syracuse was down 10-0 early and Temple took a 20-17 lead midway through the third quarter on quarterback Clinton Granger's 10-yard scamper that capped a four-play, 62-yard Owls drive.

But the Orange took over from there.

"We just kept fighting," Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said. "We were able to make the extra plays."

Nassib said, "We've been down like that before. It was only a matter of time before we started clicking."

Syracuse marched 75 yards on 12 plays on the next possession, ending it with Aimeen-Moore's 1-yard plunge to take a 24-20 lead with 4:37 left in the quarter.

Prince-Tyson Gulley scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter, ending an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took up 4:04 and gave them a 31-20 advantage.

Syracuse clinched it on Keon Lyn's 31-yard interception return of Granger's errant pass with 2:37 left in the game. It was the first of two interceptions for Lyn.

Though Syracuse focused on its ground game, racking up 260 yards on 49 carries, Nassib completed 16 of 28 passes in his final regular-season game.

"I don't think words can put in perspective," Marrone said of Nassib. "I'm not a very good storyteller but I am very proud of him. I can promise you he'll be playing again. You'll see him on Sundays (in the NFL)."

Nassib was playing in the stadium that is home to his favorite professional team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and not far from his West Chester, Pa., home.

"It went well," he said. "We played well as a team and came out with a win. That's all you can ask for. . It was perfect. I was truly blessed."

Temple's Montel Harris, who ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns in last Saturday's record-setting, 63-32 win over Army, ran for 106 yards on 21 carries for the Owls (4-7, 2-5), who ended their first season back in the Big East by losing five of six.

Granger, making his second start, threw for 173 yards and a TD on 16-for-23 passing with a pair of interceptions. He also rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries.

"It was a great opportunity for me to be out there and learn from my mistakes and keep growing as a quarterback and leader so I can be a good quarterback for my team in the future," he said. "They changed their front and started bringing more pressure. That's my job to recognize the pressure and put the protection to the pressure. Sometimes I didn't do that."

After being bowl eligible for each of the last three seasons as a member of the Mid-American Conference, Temple ended its first season in the Big East without a bowl bid.

But Owls coach Steve Addazio expects his team to improve going forward.

"We'll be better for that," he said. "It's a growing experience. If we had stayed in the (MAC), we'd probably have seven, eight or nine wins and going to a bowl game. You have to put your pride down a little bit, but we see a bigger picture. We know we're going to be back in a bowl game."

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Scoring Summary
TEMPLEBrandon McManus 47 yd FG
TEMPLEJohn Christopher 12 yd pass from Clinton Granger (Brandon McManus kick)
CUSEMarcus Sales 24 yd pass from Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman kick)
CUSEAdonis Ameen-Moore 18 yd run (Ross Krautman kick)
TEMPLEBrandon McManus 22 yd FG
CUSERoss Krautman 26 yd FG
TEMPLEClinton Granger 10 yd run (Brandon McManus kick)
CUSEAdonis Ameen-Moore 1 yd run (Ross Krautman kick)
CUSEPrince-Tyson Gulley 3 yd run (Ross Krautman kick)
CUSEKeon Lyn 31 yd interception return (Ross Krautman kick)
 
Team Stats
 CUSETEMPLE
First Downs2417
Third Down Efficiency10-174-11
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-0
Plays-Net Yards77-47560-340
Rushes-Yds49-26037-167
Passing Yds215173
Kick Return Yds15100
Punt Return Yds51
Passes16-28-016-23-2
Punts3-1044-175
Fumbles-Lost2-22-2
Penalties-Yds10-897-58
Time of Poss.27:332:57
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
CUSE: Jerome Smith 20-96, Prince-Tyson Gulley 13-83, Adonis Ameen-Moore 10-57, Ryan Nassib 3-15, Alec Lemon 1-11, Team 2--2
TEMPLE: Montel Harris 21-106, Clinton Granger 15-61, Team 1-0
PASSING
CUSE: Ryan Nassib 16-28-215-0
TEMPLE: Clinton Granger 16-23-173-2
RECEIVING
CUSE: Alec Lemon 5-74, Marcus Sales 3-46, Jarrod West 3-37, Prince-Tyson Gulley 3-32, Beckett Wales 1-20, David Stevens 1-6
TEMPLE: Jalen Fitzpatrick 5-30, John Christopher 3-44, Alex Jackson 3-21, C.J. Hammond 2-64, Kenneth Harper 2-15, Montel Harris 1--1
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Syracuse3rd Atlantic Coast Atlantic4-46-6
Temple9th American Athletic 1-72-10

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