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Syracuse comes back against Purdue in wild, penalty-filled finish

An absolutely wild one in the Not Carrier Dome as the lead changes six times, including twice in the last minute.

Sean Tucker of the Syracuse Orange is tackled by Cory Trice of the Purdue Boilermakers during the second quarter at JMA Wireless Dome on September 17, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange pulled off some late-game heroics to knock off the Purdue Boilermakers in a wild 32-29 victory in the Carrier JWA Wireless Dome on Saturday. With just 12 second left in the game, quarterback Garrett Shrader hit Orande Gadsden II for a 25-yard go-ahead touchdown.

What was a pedestrian 9-3 contest at halftime turned into a wild, hair on fire slugfest by the end as there were six lead changes down the stretch. Purdue, in particular, melted down and shot itself numerous times with penalties. The Boilermakers were penalized for a total of 11 times for 114 yards throughout the contest and it really cost them at the end.

With 51 seconds left in the ballgame, Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell hit Payne Durham for a 12-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. However, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty forced the Boilermakers to kickoff from their own 20. Holding and pass interference calls on the ensuing drive would allow for Shrader to complete the game-winning touchdown pass as the Orange improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2018.

Syracuse closed as a 1.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.