SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Adonis Ameen-Moore scored on 1-yard run, Dyshawn Davis returned a fumble 52 yards for another score, and Syracuse broke out of a yearlong funk with a 14-13 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Syracuse (2-3, 1-0 Big East) hadn't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team since last October, losing eight straight since a stunning win over a ranked West Virginia team. Syracuse also snapped a seven-game losing streak against Pittsburgh (2-3, 0-2), which had won two straight.
Both teams were coming off bye weeks, and this was their last meeting as members of the Big East. Both will join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, and they will continue to play one another each year.
Syracuse finally put together a solid game after four erratic efforts.
The Orange scored first and never trailed, played well on special teams, converted a turnover into a touchdown, stymied Ray Graham and the Pitt running game, and pressured Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri when the game was on the line.
Defensive end Brandon Sharpe broke through for three sacks, and when Sunseri seemed poised to give Pitt the lead late in the fourth quarter, the defense rose again.
Sunseri was called for intentional grounding and on the next play cornerback Brandon Reddish stormed in from the left side on a blitz and sacked Sunseri for a loss of 9 yards. That all came after Sunseri had hit Devin Street for 15 yards, J.P. Holtz for another 15, and Mike Shanahan for 24 on consecutive plays.