13th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Syracuse 26, Kansas State 3

13th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 29, 2001

Attendance: 40,028

Stadium: Chase Field

Offensive Player of the Game: James Mungro, Syracuse

Defensive Player of the Game: Clifton Smith, Syracuse

Sportsmanship Award: Terry Pierce, Kansas State

Head Coaches: Paul Pasqualoni, Syracuse - Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Weather: Roof Open (58 degrees)

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $750,000

James Mungro put his name in the Syracuse record book with some very elite company.
 
Mungro rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter then added a pair of 1-yard scoring runs in the second period to lead Syracuse to a 26-3 win over Kansas State in the 13th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
 
Mungro finished the day with 112 yards rushing and tied legendary Jim Brown’s school record for rushing touchdowns in a bowl game.  Brown ran for three scores in the 1957 Cotton Bowl.
 
Syracuse won 10 of its final 11 games following an 0-2 start to record 10 wins for the fifth time in school history and finish No. 14 in the final Associated Press poll.  The Orangemen also avenged a loss to Kansas State in the 1997 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
 
Kansas State was making its ninth consecutive bowl appearance and entered the game averaging 255 rushing yards per game.  But the Orangemen defense forced four turnovers and held the Wildcats to 33 rushing yards on 34 attempts.
 
Linebacker Clifton Smith led Syracuse’s defensive effort with 12 tackles, including two sacks, to earn defensive player of the game honors.  Mark Holtzman and Will Hunter added two sacks each and Willie Ford had two interceptions for the Orangemen.
 
Following a punt, Syracuse needed just two plays to take a 7-0 lead on Mungro’s 65-yard touchdown with 7:38 in the first period.  Mungro added two short touchdown runs after a K-State fumble and interception, respectively, in the second quarter.  Syracuse’s first three scoring drives took a combined 74 seconds.
 
The Wildcats lone score came on a 29-yard field goal by Joe Rheem in the first quarter.
 
The Orangemen were not content to sit on the ball in the fourth quarter as R.J. Anderson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Johnnie Morant with 3:52 left in the game.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Syracuse
7
12
0
7
26
Kansas State
3
0
0
0
3

Yardstick

SYR
KSU
8
First Downs
15
44-109
Rushes-Yards
34-33
113
Passing Yards
221
5-14-1
Passes
14-40-2
94
Return Yards
149
11-44.8
Punts
9-46.3
1-0
Fumbles-Lost
4-2
6-44
Penalties-Yards
6-38

How They Scored

SYR
KSU
7
0
James Mungro 65 yard run (Collin Barber kick)
7
3
Joe Rheem 29 yard field goal
13
3
James Mungro 1 yard run (kick failed)
19
3
James Mungro 1 yard run (kick failed)
26
3
Johnnie Morant 52 yard pass from Robin Anderson (Collin Barber kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
SYR
James Mungro 19-112, Chris Davis 2-11, Walter Reyes 5-10, Kyle Johnson 1-0, TEAM 1-(-1), Kwazi Leverett 1-(-2), Diamond Ferri 1-(-4), Robin Anderson 14-(-17).
KSU
Josh Scobey 10-46, Ell Roberson 9-9, Marc Dunn 8-4, Aaron Lockett 2-(-5), Rock Cartwright 4-(-9), Mike Ronsick 1-(-12).
Passing
SYR
Robin Anderson 5-14-1-113.
KSU
Marc Dunn 12-25-1-151, Ell Roberson 2-1-5-1-70.
Receiving
SYR
Johnnie Morant 2-93, Chris Davis 1-8, James Mungro 1-7, Kyle Johnson 1-5.
KSU
Aaron Lockett 4-83, Brandon Clark 4-38, Nick Warren 2-42, Terence Newman 1-23, Joe Hall 1-18, Ricky Lloyd 1-12, Darren Sproles 1-5.