Final: Syracuse 37, Tulane 34

Well, Syracuse does not make it easy on itself against teams from outside the power conferences.

The Orange barely escaped Tulane 37-34, after Ross Krautman kicked the game-winning 21-yard field goal with no time left. The struggles in this game followed similar struggles against Rhode Island and Toledo, games Syracuse was able to pull out late.

This one started out well enough, with Syracuse taking a 31-14 lead with 2:58 left in the second quarter. But the Orange were unable to sustain a drive until midway through the fourth quarter. They had 14 yards in the third quarter, as they watched Tulane outscore them 20-3 to tie the game at 34 with 2:53 to go. It should come as no surprise the tying touchdown came on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin to Xavier Rush. The Green Wave picked apart the Syracuse secondary for one big play after another.

Syracuse was able to get the game-winning score after a roughing-the-passer call on Dezman Moses on third down gave it new life. But a week after the defense showed marked improvement in a double-overtime loss to Rutgers, they showed some of the same problems they had earlier in the season against the pass.

Griffin went 24-of-30 for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The touchdown passes went for 58 and 60 yards. Tulane ended up with 471 total yards and showed once again Syracuse has some work to do on defense. The Orange get a week off to make some corrections before hosting West Virginia on Oct. 21.