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published September 9, 2001


FAU slips past B-CC for inaugural victory

DAYTONA BEACH -- Quarterback Jared Allen passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to carry first-year program Florida Atlantic to its first victory, a 31-28 upset of Bethune-Cookman College on Saturday night.

Allen's 71-yard scoring pass to Larry Taylor with 5:31 left proved decisive as the Wildcats missed on two scoring opportunities in the final two minutes.

B-CC running back Marcus Goggins fumbled from the 1-yard line into the end zone with 1:24 to play, with FAU'S Todd Poitier recovering. Danny Mathis' 48-yard field-goal attempt with three seconds left fell short.

The Wildcats also lost a fumble in the first quarter, with the Owls returning it for a score.

Allen and Taylor hooked up on a 41-yard score midway through the third quarter, giving FAU a 24-14 lead. B-CC came back behind quarterback Allen Suber, who completed a 17-yard touchdown to Shaun Ford early in the fourth quarter, then ran for a 24-yard score to put the Cats ahead 28-24 with 13:31 to play.

Allen was 11-for-24 for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Backup QB sparks Syracuse offense

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Dwight Freeney was able to smile for a change. After two woeful performances, the Syracuse offense finally put some crucial points on the scoreboard so Freeney and the defense could rest a little.

James Mungro rushed for 121 yards and scored twice in the second half as Syracuse rallied behind backup quarterback R.J. Anderson for a 21-10 victory over Central Florida on Saturday inside a sweltering Carrier Dome.

"It feels great, especially at home," said Freeney, who had two sacks and seven tackles and forced a fumble from his roaming slot at defensive end. "We had to get back to the tradition we have of winning in the Carrier Dome."

Syracuse, plagued by penalties on offense, scored 16 in losses to No. 8 Tennessee and No. 10 Georgia Tech with Troy Nunes at quarterback.

But when Nunes injured his left hamstring in the second quarter, Syracuse went with Anderson to start the second half, and he made a world of difference, guiding the Orangemen to two touchdowns. Syracuse had 205 yards rushing, 117 in the second half.

"Syracuse made up their minds in the second half to do what they do best, and run the ball," Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek said. "They hurt themselves in the first half trying to do some of the things they've done in their first two games with their new wrinkles in the passing game."

One wrinkle went awry in a big way.

Freeney forced a fumble by UCF quarterback Ryan Schneider that was recovered by Louis Gashelin at the Syracuse 41 with 30 seconds left in the first half. But Nunes was intercepted by cornerback Travis Fisher on the next play, and Fisher returned it 26 yards to midfield.

With UCF facing fourth and 15 near midfield and with time for one play, Syracuse rushed three, and backup quarterback Brian Miller took advantage with a 56-yard touchdown to Doug Gabriel. Gabriel caught the ball on the left side of the field at the Syracuse 9 in front of two falling defenders, then scooted into the end zone as time expired.

JU 45, DAVIDSON 3: Jeremy Kearson, Matt Marshall and Linj Shell each returned an interception for a score to lead the host Dolphins.

Kearson recorded the first of five Jacksonville interceptions when he picked off Paul Nichols and went a school-record 81 yards in the first quarter. Senior running back Brent Alexander of Tampa rushed for a career-high 102 yards.

FAMU 21, MORGAN ST. 12: Quarterback Quinn Gray threw two touchdowns to lead the host Rattlers.

Gray threw a 21-yard touchdown to DeMar Bowe with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter to break open a 14-12 game. Bowe made a sliding catch in the end zone, ending a five-play, 71-yard drive.

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