Syracuse stuns No. 11 West Va. 49-23

By JOHN KEKIS | October 24, 2011 | 6:38 PM EDT

Syracuse's Chandler Jones (99) celebrates after sacking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, bottom left, during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes to tight end Nick Provo, Dorian Graham returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score, and Syracuse stunned No. 11 West Virginia 49-23 on Friday night with a spirited effort on both sides of the ball.

Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) hadn't beaten West Virginia (5-2, 1-1) in the Carrier Dome in a decade, and the Orange played a near flawless game to break the streak just as they did last year in a 19-14 upset of the Mountaineers in Morgantown. That victory stopped an eight-game losing streak to West Virginia, and this one was even more impressive.

Syracuse hadn't scored that many points in the series since a 45-0 win in 1960, and a Carrier Dome crowd of 45,265, the largest in three years, roared its approval with thunderous cheers as third-year head coach Doug Marrone enjoyed the most significant win of his brief tenure.

The high-powered West Virginia offense led by Geno Smith was kept in check most of the game, only shining in fits and spurts.