Syracuse Pulls Away From WVU in Camping World Bowl
Orlando, Fla.–Without four offensive starters – quarterback Will Grier, tackle Yodny Cajuste and receiver Gary Jennings, who chose to sit out the game, and receiver Marcus Simms, who was a late scratch for an unspecified reason – West Virginia entered the Camping World Bowl in a big hole. It tried to stay close, but its best drives resulted in four field goals rather than touchdowns. The Mountaineers needed more to keep up with Syracuse, as the Orange pulled away in the fourth quarter and left Orlando with a 34-18 victory.
The loss dropped WVU’s record to 8-4 on the season, while Syracuse improved to 10-3.
The two teams traded the lead eight times, and the Mountaineers held an 18-17 advantage entering the fourth quarter. But SU ran off 17 straight points in the first seven minutes of the final period to pull away to a 34-18 lead, and West Virginia was never able to rally.
It’s the second straight year WVU has ended with three consecutive losses, and it dropped Dana Holgorsen’s bowl record with the Mountaineers to 2-5.