WVU falls to Syracuse in Camping World Bowl

With three senior starters on the offensive side out, West Virginia fell to Syracuse Friday night in the Camping World Bowl. (WCHS/WVAH)

With three senior offensive starters out, West Virginia fell to Syracuse Friday night in the Camping World Bowl.

The Mountaineers (8-4) took an early lead over Syracuse (10-3), but fell to the Orange 34-18.

West Virginia was without senior quarterback Will Grier, receiver Gary Jennings and offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste.

Sophomore quarterback Jack Allison, who started in Grier's place, completed 18 of 35 passes and threw for 279 yards and an interception. Senior reciever David Sills V caught four of those passes for 90 yards.

The Mountianeer offense managed to find the end zone just one time when Kennedy McKoy ran it in from three yards out early in the second quarter to give WVU a 9-7 lead.

West Virginia's sophomore kicker Evan Staley set a bowl record for most field goals in a game with four. He also set the mark for longest field goal in a bowl game with a 49 yarder in the third quarter.

Syracuse senior quarterback Eric Dungey was 21 for 30 and threw for 300 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. The Mountaineer's defense sacked Dungey five times.

Junior Abdul Adams carried the ball just eight times for the Orange but found the end zone twice and fellow running back Jarveon Howard scored on his only touch of the game.

The loss is West Virginia's third consecutive loss and third consecutive bowl loss. The Mountaineers are now 2-5 in bowl games under head coach Dana Holgorsen.

The Mountaineers will open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against James Madison.

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