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By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


Cincy's last-play FG stuns Syracuse CINCINNATI -- Jason Mammarelli's first career field goal was a winner.

Mammarelli kicked a 47-yarder on the final play of the game to give Cincinnati a 12-10 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

"As soon as they told me I was going to kick the ball, I just blanked out and focused," Mammarelli said. "As soon as I kicked it, I knew it was going through."

Jonathan Ruffin kicked three fourth-quarter field goals before giving way to the strong-legged Mammarelli, who handles kickoffs, for the winner.

"I'd like to thank my coaches for having confidence in me for letting me kick that ball," Mammarelli said. "I'm glad they called my number, but I'd be just as happy if they'd called Ruffin because he would have made the kick, too."

Mike Shafer had kicked a 35-yarder with 43 seconds left to give Syracuse a 10-9 lead.

Syracuse scored its touchdown on a busted play. With the ball on the Cincinnati 19 and Syracuse in shotgun formation, the snap bounced past Troy Nunes. He picked it up and rolled to his right until he spotted David Tyree, who caught the pass untouched in the end zone.

Nunes was 21-of-30 for 221 yards.

"In our minds, it should never have come down to that (Mammarelli field goal)," Nunes said. " ... The quarterback's job is to score points and win games, and I didn't do either."

Five Syracuse players suspended for one game for unspecified violations of team rules made their first start of the season, including running back James Mungro, who rushed eight times for 29 yards.

BOSTON COLLEGE 55, ARMY 17: Tim Hasselbeck threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Dedrick Dewalt on the first play of the second half and Boston College broke away.

Its was the worst home defeat for Army since it fell 45-7 to Pittsburgh in 1980.

Boston College scored 28 points in the third quarter after leading 20-10 at halftime.

On the first play after Dewalt's long score, BC defensive back Curtis Bolden intercepted a pass from Chad Jenkins and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

PITTSBURGH 34, BOWL. GREEN 16: John Turman came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes for the visiting Panthers, who ran their record to 14-0 against Mid-American Conference teams.

David Priestley started at quarterback, But Pittsburgh lost fumbles on consecutive possessions, and Turman came in and threw touchdown passes on the next two possessions.

RUTGERS 59, BUFFALO 0: Mike McMahon threw five touchdown passes for the second straight week for host Rutgers.

The margin of victory was the largest since a 62-0 win over Temple in 1993, which also had been the most recent shutout for the Scarlet Knights.

McMahon hit Walter King on scoring passes of 7 and 15 yards and David Stringer from 20 and 15.

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