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September 29, 2007
Orange drop road decision
OXFORD, Ohio(AP) Cory Jones scored his first two career touchdowns as Miami (Ohio) snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 17-14 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
The senior carried 12 times for 125 yards to lead the RedHawks (2-3) to their second win in six games against Big East teams.
Syracuse (1-4), coming off a 38-35 road upset of then-No. 18 Louisville, had won 14 consecutive games against Mid-American Conference teams dating back to a 22-7 loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 11, 1976. The Orange were 3-0 against the RedHawks.
The RedHawks took advantage of two Orangemen mistakes to open a 14-0 first-half lead. Miami's Craig Mester recovered a fumble at the Syracuse 40 early in the second quarter. On the next play, Mike Kokal hit Dustin Woods with a 39-yard pass, setting up Jones' 1-yard plunge.
A Syracuse offside penalty on a Miami punt allowed the RedHawks to retain possession later in the quarter, with Jones scoring on a 13-yard run.
The Orangemen got the ball back late in the game deep in their own territory but the possession ended on downs when Miami defensive lineman Morris Council batted down a Robinson pass.
The win was the first at home for Miami since a 54-13 victory over Buffalo on Nov. 5, 2005. The RedHawks were 0-5 at home last season and lost their first game at home this year to Cincinnati.