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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- B.J. Daniels ran for 117 yards and a touchdown, Demetris Murray scored on two short runs and South Florida beat Syracuse 37-17 on Friday night.
South Florida's first Big East win of the season snapped a four-game losing streak, the longest in program history. The Bulls (5-4, 1-4) had dropped their previous three by a total of 12 points, including 20-17 in overtime at Rutgers a week ago.
Syracuse (5-5, 1-4) has lost three straight since a huge 49-23 win over then-No. 11 West Virginia three weeks ago. The Orange have two games left to get that elusive sixth victory to qualify for the postseason.
Daniels was 23 of 34 for 254 yards passing and was not sacked, easily dashing away from trouble against Syracuse's swarming defense. He finished with 371 yards of offensive and had outgained the Orange until the final 3 minutes.
Syracuse crossed midfield only once on its first four possessions, going scoreless in the opening quarter for the fifth time this season. The Orange also were hampered by four major penalties in the early going.
The Bulls built a 10-0 lead on Maikon Bonani's 29-yard field goal and Marcus Shaw's 3-yard touchdown run, then watched Syracuse self-destruct in the penalty-filled game. The Orange were called for seven penalties totaling 86 yards and the Bulls had 10 for 84.
When Murray scored on a 2-yard run to make it 30-10 late in the fourth, the Orange had gained only 280 yards of offense. Small wonder most of the 41,582 who showed up on a blustery night had packed up and left the Carrier Dome before the end of the game.
Syracuse's Ryan Nassib completed 23 of 46 passes for 297 yards. Alec Lemon had 10 catches for a career-high 179 yards and scored twice, including a 58-yard reception with 3:41 left.