GAMEDAY College Football

Syracuse 32, Purdue 29

By DONNA DITOTA
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Garrett Shrader hit Oronde Gadsden II for a 25-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left to lift Syracuse to a 32-29 win over Purdue.

That touchdown throw capped a wild fourth quarter of dramatic lead changes. Syracuse led 10-9 after three quarters and outscored the Boilermakers 22-20 in the final period. The Orange improved to 3-0, its best start since 2018. Purdue fell to 1-2.

Aidan O'Connell's 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Payne Durham with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Boilermakers a 29-25 advantage and seemed to seal it for Purdue.

O'Connell, who completed 38 of 54 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns, threw for two fourth-quarter scores to rescue the Boilermakers from a 10-point deficit. Charlie Jones caught 11 passes for 188 yards and one score.

But before those O'Connell heroics, Syracuse scored two touchdowns within nine seconds and led 25-15 midway through the fourth quarter.

A scrambling 46-yard touchdown pass from Shrader to Gadsden on fourth-and-one gave Syracuse an 18-15 advantage after Shrader ran for a 2-point conversion. That touchdown happened with 8:17 left in the game.

On Purdue's next possession, SU's Jatius Geer wrapped up O'Connell as the Purdue quarterback attempted a pass. The ball wobbled into the hands of Orange defensive end Caleb Okechukwu, who trotted 17 yards into the end zone.

Syracuse led 25-15 at that point, but O'Connell hooked up with favorite receiver Jones for a 55-yard score that got the Boilermakers within 25-22 with 6:41 left in the game. A missed 41-yard field goal by Mitchell Fineran with 2:54 left could have tied it.

The teams had met only once before, when in 2004 Purdue beat the Orange 51-0 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: The Boilermakers were without running back King Doerue, who is nursing a calf injury. Doerue rushed for 68 yards on 18 attempts with three touchdowns in Purdue's first two games. Without him, the Boilermakers struggled to get much going on the ground, but typically got plenty in the air from O'Connell. The Purdue quarterback had lots of time in the first half and threw for 175 yards on 21 of 27 attempts. Syracuse applied more pressure on him in the second half, but O'Connell still managed to successfully throw deep.

Syracuse: Shrader had been one of the nation's most accurate passers through his first two games this season (38-48, .792), but Purdue put sustained pressure early on him, forcing Shrader to scramble and mostly abandon an air attack. He completed 4 of 10 passes for just 35 yards in the first half. He was much more effective in the second half, completing 9 of 19 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Purdue locked up Syracuse running back Sean Tucker, who rushed 18 times for 42 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PurdueSyr
Syr FG 5:33 Andre Szmyt 50 yd FG 0 3
Purdue TD 0:39 Devin Mockobee 15 yd run (missed kick) 6 3
Second Quarter PurdueSyr
Purdue FG 7:54 Mitchell Fineran 41 yd FG 9 3
Third Quarter PurdueSyr
Syr TD 2:11 Isaiah Jones 3 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (Andre Szmyt kick) 9 10
Fourth Quarter PurdueSyr
Purdue TD 11:25 Payne Durham 11 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (failed 2pt pass) 15 10
Syr TD 8:17 Oronde Gadsden II 46 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (GARRETT SHRADER 2pt run) 15 18
Syr TD 8:08 Caleb Okechukwu 17 yd interception return (Andre Szmyt kick) 15 25
Purdue TD 6:41 Charlie Jones 55 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran kick) 22 25
Purdue TD 0:51 Payne Durham 12 yd pass from Aidan O'Connell (Mitchell Fineran kick) 29 25
Syr TD 0:07 Oronde Gadsden II 25 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (Andre Szmyt kick) 29 32
Team Stats
  Purdue Syracuse
First downs 25 23
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 18 10
  Penalty 2 6
3rd Down Efficiency 10-17, 59% 3-13, 23%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 22-61 35-125
Passing Yards 424 181
Return Yards 21 57
Completions-Attempts-Int 39-55-1 13-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--6 1--1
Punts 3 6
Punts-Average 40 43.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 13-138 9-74
Time of Possession 32:18 27:35
Purdue Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. O'Connell 39 55 424 3 1
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Shrader 13 29 181 3 0
L. Allen 0 1 0 0 0
Purdue Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Downing 10 22 2.2 0
D. Mockobee 8 22 2.8 1
T. Tracy 1 13 13.0 0
A. O'Connell 1 7 7.0 0
K. Lewis 1 3 3.0 0
T. Sheffield 1 -6 -6.0 0
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Shrader 17 83 4.9 0
S. Tucker 18 42 2.3 0
Purdue Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Jones 11 188 17.1 1
P. Durham 9 83 9.2 2
T. Sheffield 5 45 9.0 0
D. Burks 3 38 12.7 0
M. Rice 2 31 15.5 0
T. Tracy 5 24 4.8 0
P. Piferi 2 8 4.0 0
D. Mockobee 1 7 7.0 0
J. Macias 1 0 0.0
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Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
O. Gadsden II 6 112 18.7 2
C. Jackson 2 23 11.5 0
S. Tucker 2 23 11.5 0
I. Jones 2 12 6.0 1
D. Cooper 1 11 11.0 0
Purdue Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Okechukwu 1 17
Purdue Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ansell 3 120 40.0
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Von Marburg 6 260 43.3
Purdue Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Taylor 1 22 22.0
C. Jones 1 -1 -1.0
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jackson 2 13 6.5
B. Oliver 1 0 0
Purdue Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jackson 1 27 27.0
Purdue Missed FG
Player Length
M. Fineran 41
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
A. Szmyt 41




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