Just when Syracuse thought they had rallied back and grinded their way to a victory in the season opener, it all went for naught. Trevor Siemian, part of a two quarterback tandem for Northwestern lobbed a touchdown to Demitrius Fields with 44 seconds to go to clinch the game for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats at the Carrier Dome.
The Orange found themselves down early and eventually losing by 22 points, but quarterback Ryan Nassib lead the Orange on a furious comeback to gain a six point advantage. Nassib set school records for passing going 44 for 65 and 470 yards, all the while Syracuse managed to find a way to lose the game. Nassib wasn’t celebrating his accomplishments after the game.
“We’ve got a lot to take from it,” Nassib told reporters. “We’ve got a lot to learn from the game. We did some good things, did some tough things.”
Northwestern, using a two quarterback tandem all day ended up holding on to the game after scoring the game winning touchdown with 44 seconds to play. That play, a back corner of the endzone touchdown pass went under review giving hope to Orange fans but it was later confirmed a touchdown shattering the glimmer of hope for Syracuse in a gritty game.
Syracuse will travel the short distance to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J. on Saturday to face the #1 USC Trojans in the New York College Classic.