College football roundup: Northwestern outlasts Syracuse
N'western 42, Syracuse 41
Ryan Nassib had a day he'll want to remember a long time - except for the final score.
Utilizing a new, up-tempo offense that had been kept under wraps through preseason training camp, Nassib was nearly flawless in the second half Saturday against Northwestern. He completed 28 of 39 passes for 311 yards, four for touchdowns, only to watch the Wildcats score in the final minute and pull out a 42-41 victory.
"We just started clicking," Nassib said. "Unfortunately, it was a little too late."
Nassib finished 44 of 65 for 470 yards, all school records but little solace to the fifth-year senior after the team's sixth straight loss dating to last season.
"We've got a lot to take from it," Nassib said. "We've got a lot to learn from the game. We did some good things, did some tough things."
Subbing for banged-up starter Kain Colter in the second half, Trevor Siemian hit Demetrius Fields with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left to spoil a furious rally by the Orange, who had trailed 35-13 midway through the third quarter.
Syracuse has now lost six in a row dating to last season with a date looming next week against top-ranked Southern California at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"There are a lot of good things out there, and that's what we are going to focus on," Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. "We feel that we're going to be a good football team."
Miami 41, Boston College 32
Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead Miami to over Boston College.
Johnson scored from 54 and 56 yards out for the Hurricanes, and Stephen Morris threw for 207 yards and a touchdown in the season opener for both teams. The schools also played each other in the 2011 finale, when BC beat the Hurricanes in Miami for the first time since Doug Flutie's famous desperation pass in 1984.
Chase Rettig completed 32 of 51 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns for BC, which led 14-0 after its first two possessions. But Johnson's second score made it 31-23, and then the Eagles fumbled the ball away on consecutive drives to start the fourth quarter. That set up a field goal and touchdown to give Miami a 41-23 lead.
BC cut the deficit on Rettig's 17-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Kimble, but it wasn't enough. Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles came up just short of the goal line on a third-down pass to Spiffy Evans. With the clock below 2:30, Rettig quickly lined up and tried to sneak it in but was stopped for no gain. The play was reviewed and upheld.
Miami took an intentional safety with 4 seconds left rather than punt from deep in its own end zone.
Maryland 7, William & Mary 6
Justus Pickett ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter, and Brad Craddock added the tie-breaking extra point to give Maryland a win over William & Mary.
Maryland gave a sloppy performance against its Football Championship Subdivision opponent, which led most of the game before losing its opener for the 10th time in 11 years.
The Terrapins won despite turning the ball over four times and missing a short field goal. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills, in his first collegiate start, completed 16 of 24 for 145 yards and directed the winning 10-play, 69-yard drive, but he threw three interceptions.
Ohio 24, Penn State 14
The new era at Penn State is off to a disappointing start.
The Nittany Lions let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton accounted for three second-half touchdowns to hand Bill O'Brien a loss in his debut as Penn State head coach.
For many fans, just having football again at Beaver Stadium was enough of a victory following a trying offseason that included the death of former beloved coach Joe Paterno, and crippling NCAA sanctions placed on the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Matt McGloin threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns guiding Penn State's new-look offense. He was 27 for 48 passing with one interception, while sophomore Allen Robinson had a nice debut as the No. 1 wideout with nine catches on 97 yards.
Trailing 14-3 at halftime, Tettleton hit Landon Smith on a 43-yard touchdown pass that had first tipped off the hands of Penn State defensive back Stephen Obeng-Agyapong with 10:40 in the third quarter.
Tettleton scampered in from a yard out to take a 17-14 lead almost seven minutes later.
Tettleton finished 31 of 41 passing for 324 yards and two scores.
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