Sports

Syracuse backup quarterback leads Orange to win over UNC Tar Heels in double overtime

rwillett@newsobserver.com

For the second consecutive week North Carolina had the win.

A 45-yard field goal with 5:16 left in the game, would have put the Tar Heels up by 10 points. Up until that point, its defense had dominated in the second half.

But UNC senior kick Freeman Jones missed the kick. Syracuse put its backup quarterback, Tommy DeVito, in the game, and he threw a 42-yard touchdown pass, which sent the game to overtime.

The Orange beat the Tar Heels in the second overtime on a four-yard touchdown pass, winning 40-37. The Tar Heels are now 1-5 on the season and have lost three consecutive games.

Second overtime, UNC 34, Syracuse 34

After a Syracuse touchdown in overtime, UNC answered with a touchdown of its own. Elliott found wide receiver Beau Corrales for a seven-yard touchdown pass. UNC will go into a second overtime.

Overtime, UNC 27, Syracuse 27

After getting the ball at the Syracuse 38 yard line with a minute left to play, UNC failed to move the ball up field. It turned the ball over on downs with two seconds remaining, leaving Syracuse with one last play. The Orange did not score and the game is now in overtime. The score is tied at 27.

The Orange tie the game

Syracuse backup quarterback, Tommy DeVito, threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nykeim Johnson with 1:39 left to play. The touchdown tied the game at 27.

Another missed opportunity

Q4, 2:29

North Carolina kicker Freeman Jones missed a 45-yard field goal kick that would have put the Tar Heels up by 10 points with a little more than five minutes left to play. Syracuse took over at its own 28 yard line and immediately marched down field.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey found an open Jamal Custis for a 50-yard reception. After a few incompletions and a penalty, UNC came up with a big stop on fourth down, forcing a turnover on downs. UNC takes over inside its own 10-yard line.

UNC gets the ball back

Q4, 10:15

North Carolina safety J.K. Britt forced Syracuse to fumble, which the Tar Heels recovered in the endzone. UNC running back Antonio Williams got the ball in Syracuse territory after a 56-yard rush.

The Tar Heels’ drive would eventually stall in the redzone, but they got a field goal out of it. UNC leads Syracuse 27-20.

Q4, 13:59

UNC running back Michael Carter fumbled after catching a swing pass out the backfield. Syracuse recovered the ball at the UNC 38 yard line.

It was Carter’s second fumble in as many weeks. Carter fumbled on the goal line of UNC’s 22-19 loss to Virginia Tech. The Hokies recovered at its own two-yard line, and engineered a 98-yard drive to win the game.

Q3, 0:06

North Carolina freshman wide receiver Antoine Green had to be carted off the field with his foot in a cast after a play in the third quarter. It appeared that his teammate fell on his ankle as he was tackled. Green was blocking down field and had his foot rolled on from behind.

All the UNC players took a knee as Green was being check. The Syracuse crowd clapped as he was taken off the field.

UNC takes lead

Q3, 6:02

After throwing an interception on a trick play, UNC forced Syracuse to a three-and-out. Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter kicked a booming punt down field, which was returned 76 yards for a touchdown by Newsome.

UNC is up 21-20 with 6:02 left in the third quarter. The momentum has shifted in the Tar Heels’ favor for now.

Quick touchdown

Q3, 10:52

UNC junior quarterback Nathan Elliott pitched it to sophomore wide receiver Dazz Newsome, who ran it down field for 55 yards. That set up a 12-yard touchdown run by junior running back Antonio Williams.

UNC trails Syracuse 20-14, with 10:52 left in the third quarter. The drive took only two plays and 25 seconds.

Q3, 14:06

Syracuse strikes first in the second half. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey hit wide receiver Jamal Custis for a 68-yard pass. Two plays later, Dungey ran it in for a 16-yard score. The drive took only 54 seconds.

Syracuse leads UNC 20-7 with 14:06 left in the third quarter.

Syracuse adds three before half

HALF: Syracuse 13, UNC 7

On third-and-11 Dungey scrambled for a first down to extend the drive. UNC senior defensive end Tyler Powell, who went down with a season-ending knee injury last season, was hurt on the drive. He walked off on his own power.

The Orange continued to move the ball downfield and got it to the Tar Heel 28-yard-line, setting up a 45-yard field goal.

Syracuse went into the half up 13-7.

UNC has been ineffective running the football. But Elliott has played well. He is 20-25 for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Battle of field position

Q2, 2:03

The Tar Heels failed to convert on fourth and short, deep in Syracuse territory. But on Syracuse’s next possession, UNC forced a three-and-out. Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter’s punted it 58 yards down field to flip field position for the Orange.

Syracuse’s defense forced UNC into a three-and-out deep in its own territory, and punter Hunter Lent shanked his punt. The Orange took over from inside the UNC 25-yard-line, and a few plays later scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown to go up 10-7.

Missed opportunity

Q2, 14:18

After UNC’s defense forced a three-and-out on Syracuse’s second series, the offense moved the ball to Syracuse’s 33 yard line. However, it came up short on third and long. Fedora sent senior kicker Freeman Jones to kick a 50-yard field goal, but Jones missed it wide left.

Syracuse took advantage of the good field position and scored a field goal. UNC leads 7-3 with 10:58 left in the second quarter.

Elliott gets the start

Q1, 10:07

Elliott got the start on Saturday for the Tar Heels in their game against Syracuse.

True freshman Cade Fortin started last week against Virginia Tech and played well. But he injured his knee in the first half and did not return to the game. He did not make the trip out to Syracuse.

Elliott, who came into Saturday’s game with four touchdowns and four interceptions in five appearances, was 6-7 for 70 yards on UNC’s first drive. The 11-play 75-yard drive ended in a six yard shovel pass from Elliott to wide receiver Dazz Newsome.

He also converted on 4th-and-1 with a quarterback sneak.

Alexander, 919-829-4822; @jonmalexander
  Comments