1993 Fiesta Bowl

Syracuse 26, Colorado 22

1993 fiesta bowl
January 1, 1993

Attendance: 70,224

Offensive Player of the Game: Marvin Graves, Syracuse

Defensive Player of the Game: Kevin Mitchell, Syracuse

Sportsmanship Award: Kordell Stewart, Colorado

Head Coaches: Paul Pasqualoni, Syracuse - Bill McCartney, Colorado

Weather: Sunny

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $3,000,000

Syracuse and Colorado, two very explosive football teams, found the going tough in a first half that produced only one touchdown and a 7-6 lead for the Buffaloes.

But with the help of a razzle-dazzle kickoff return, the two teams easily entertained the crowd of more than 70,000 in the second half, as Syracuse prevailed, 26-22.

The 1993 Fiesta Bowl was the first to besponsored by IBM OS/2. Over the course of the game it was the trickery of Kirby Dar Dar and Qadry Ismail that helped produce the hardware for the Orangemen.

The Buffs pulled within 19-16 with just 14 seconds left in the third quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kordell Stewart to Charles Johnson.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Ismail caught the ball at the goal line and handed it to Dar Dar at the 12. Dar Dar did the rest, cutting around the left corner and sprinting down the sideline to give Syracuse a 26-16 lead.

The return somewhat deflated the Colorado sideline, which was still celebrating after the Stewart-to-Johnson touchdown pass.

The Buffaloes did score a touchdown with 4:28 left in the game and had a last chance when they got the ball back with 2:41 to go while trailing by just four.

They had terrible field position, starting the drive at the Syracuse yard line, and after one first down, turned the ball over on downs.

After the defensive-led first half, the teams combined for 29 points in the third quarter with the Orangemen scoring 20 of those.

Syracuse opened the second half, scoring on a 13-yard run by David Walker. Mitch Berger nailed a 38-yard field goal for Colorado to make the score, 12-10.

Syracuse signal-caller Marvin Graves, who was held to five completions for 64 yards in the air, scored the Orangemen’s second touchdown on a nifty 28-yard run with 1:33 left in the third quarter.

Colorado then went 82 yards in four plays to score on the Stewart TD pass, before Dar Dar went the distance on the return.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Syracuse
3
3
20
0
26
Colorado
0
7
9
6
22

Yardstick

SYR
COL
15
First Downs
19
44-201
Rushes-Yards
31-153
64
Passing Yards
217
5-12-1
Passes
17-43-3
21
Return Yards
79
5-45.0
Punts
3-48.3
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
0-0
5-30
Penalties-Yards
8-37

How They Scored

SYR
COL
3
0
John Biskup 46 yard field goal
6
0
Biskup 34 yard field goal
6
7
Sean Embree 7 yard pass from Kordell Stewart (Mitch Berger kick)
12
7
David Walker 13 yard run (pass failed)
12
10
Berger 38 yard field goal
19
10
Marvin Graves 28 yard run (Biskup kick)
19
16
Charles Johnson 16 yard pass from Stewart (kick failed)
26
16
Kirby Dar Dar 100 yard kickoff return (Biskup kick)
26
22
Lamont Warren 6 yard run (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
SY
David Walker 16-80, Marvin Graves 13-26, Terry Richardson 7-63, Al Wooten 4-9, Shelby Hill 1-13, Edmund Robinson 1-8, Marcus Lee 1-1, Brian Picucci 1-1.
COL
James Hill 11-109, Lamont Warren 11-25, Kordell Stewart 8-29, Charles Johnson 1-(-10).
Passing
SYR
Marvin Graves 5-12-1-64.
COL
Kordell Stewart 17-41-3-217, Lamont Warren 0-1-0-0, James Hill 0-1-0-0.
Receiving
SYR
Marcus Lee 1-38, Kerry Ferrell 1-12, Qadry Ismail 1-6, Chris Gedney 1-4, Antonio Johnson 1-4.
COL
Michael Westbrook 6-83, Charles Johnson 3-46, Christian Fauria 3-29, Sean Embree 2-17, Lamont Warren 1-24, Rae Carruth 1-14, James Hill 1-4.