SYRACUSE (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt picked the perfect time to come of age.
With bowl eligibility on the line for the Orange, the sophomore capped a regular season that has been something of a struggle, hitting tight end Josh Parris with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining as Syracuse stunned Boston College 34-31 on Saturday.
Hunt was 29 of 43 for 270 yards and two touchdowns passing and rushed for 90 yards and another score, outgaining the Eagles by 1 yard.
Most importantly, he guided Syracuse 75 yards to the winning score moments after throwing an interception that sent many fans for the exits.
The victory made Syracuse eligible for the postseason for the third time in four years.
“This was my best game — ever,” said Hunt, who was beaten for the starting job in preseason by Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen. “To have a game like this and win a game for the seniors, it was amazing.”
The victory was oh-so-sweet for first-year coach Scott Shafer, who has had to juggle his lineup as injuries mounted. Parris, a redshirt freshman, stepped in for the injured Beckett Wales and caught seven passes for 47 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career.
Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) had won four in a row behind star tailback Andre Williams, the nation’s leading rusher, but he suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter and did not return, finishing the game watching from the sidelines. Averaging 6.5 yards a carry coming in, Williams finished with 29 yards on nine carries and scored BC’s first TD on a 26-yard run in the first quarter.
“There was no letdown,” said BC tailback Myles Willis, who gained 70 yards on 17 carries in the second half. “They have confidence in me.”
It was a must-win game for Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 ACC), and Hunt provided the dramatic finish after the Eagles had settled for a field goal after a late turnover.