Buffalo Loses 63-7 To Syracuse

Updated 9/2/2000

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    By JOHN KEKIS
    AP Sports Writer

    Buffalo's Dahnel Singfield battles for extra yardage on a kickoff return during the second quarter against Syracuse on Sept. 2 in Syracuse, N.Y.
    (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Chris Davis scored three touchdowns and Dee Brown gained a career-high 157 yards on 18 carries and scored twice, leading Syracuse to a 63-7 victory over Buffalo in the opener for both teams Sept 2.

    It was the first meeting between the teams in 101 years and Syracuse's first victory in five games against the Bulls, who posted three shutouts over the Orangemen in the late 1890s. The teams play again in 2004 in Buffalo.

    Even though Syracuse played without five key starters, all suspended for the game for violating team policy, Buffalo was clearly out of its league.

    The Bulls were 0-11 last year, their first at the Division I-A level. The only battle they won on this night was time of possession, and only because Syracuse struck so quickly and so often.

    A 34-yard touchdown pass from Joe Freedy to Dahnel Sangfield with 34 seconds left in the game allowed the Bulls to avert a shutout. Sangfield caught six passes for 121 yards, and Freedy was 16-for-36 for 168 yards to lead Buffalo.

    Even when the Bulls did something right, it turned out all wrong. Twice in the first half, Buffalo had great chances to score and failed.

    Late in the first quarter, just after Davis had given Syracuse a 13-0 lead with his second short touchdown run, Buffalo's Noah Burroughs blocked a punt by Mike Shafer and Duane Williams recovered for the Bulls at the Syracuse 16.

    Stunned by the block, Syracuse held and returned the favor four plays later. Will Allen blocked Scott Keller's 27-yard field-goal attempt to keep the Bulls scoreless.

    Syracuse, which gained 304 yards rushing as it tries to iron out its quarterback quandary, quickly marched back down the field and Kyle Johnson's 4-yard run made it 21-0 early in the second quarter.

    Brown made it 28-0 midway through the period, catching a 2-yard scoring pass from Troy Nunes, who was named the starting quarterback just before the game. Nunes was 5-for-8 for 25 yards and was intercepted once before giving way to redshirt freshman RJ Anderson in the third quarter.

    Buffalo's best chance to score in the first half came late in the second quarter. Bam McDonald reeled off a 71-yard run around the right side to the Syracuse 4, and when Freedy gained 3 yards on first down the Bulls were poised to go in.

    Derrick Gordon appeared to score on the next play, but his left knee hit the turf before he went in and the Bulls self-destructed again on the next play.

    Syracuse safety Quentin Harris picked up a fumbled exchange between Freedy and Gordon and raced 91 yards for a touchdown and a 35-0 halftime lead.

    The Orangemen scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter. Brown scored on a 1-yard run, Davis ran in from the 20, and David Tyree grabbed the ball off punter Mike Masucci's foot and scored to up the lead to 56-0.

    Freshman tailback Diamond Ferri scored on a 25-yard run with 6:27 left to make it 63-0.

    The players suspended by coach Paul Pasqualoni were offensive linemen PJ Alexander and Vaughn Smith, defensive linemen Rickie Simpkins and Duke Pettijohn, and tailback James Mungro. They are expected to return for next week's game at Cincinnati.