"We did a good job of mixing up pass and run," Nassib said when asked about his 24-for-32 passing success for 229 yards with four scores and no interceptions. "Our running game was doing well and usually when that happens in this system, is when we are at our best.
"That is really how we were able to keep up under the pressure."
Nassib, who holds the Orange record for TD tosses in a game with five last season against FCS member Maine, said the extra (bye) week of preparation against WVU's 3-3-5 odd stack defense paid dividends.
Syracuse's 12-of-17 third down conversion rate was a key in Nassib's mind.
"Really (it was) just patience," he said. "Good play calling. We got a good feeling what they were doing on third down early in the game, so it really helped us out. I made some throws and we ended up making some big plays."
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THE LOSS was West Virginia's most lopsided in Big East play since falling 45-3 at Miami (Fla.) in October 2001.
Those Hurricanes were the nation's top-ranked team, and WVU was headed for a 3-8 finish in then-Coach Rich Rodriguez's first season on his alma mater's sideline.
The Mountaineers came to the Carrier Dome on Friday ranked No. 11 in the AP poll, and were the highest-ranked club to fall to an Orange team since unranked Syracuse downed No. 8 Virginia Tech 50-42 in three Carrier Dome overtimes in November 2002.
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AS TELLING a statistic as any in the game was an offensive one for Syracuse. The Orange had no negative yardage plays in the win over WVU, which had won eight straight in the series until falling last year at Mountaineer Field.
And West Virginia, which had allowed 31 or more points only three times in 52 games from 2007-10, has allowed 31 or more three times this season - in a win at Maryland and losses to LSU and Syracuse.
This was about more than another struggling start for West Virginia, which has been outscored 133-87 in first halves in seven games.
"It's obvious we have to get a lot better," said WVU defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, looking toward the Mountaineers' trip to Rutgers on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC telecast). "Obviously, we're not there yet.
Casteel was asked if he figured the coaching staff would have no issues motivating WVU to play the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 2-1) after the debacle in the dome.
"You'd think," he said, "but we'll do some evaluation ... Everybody's embarrassed. The coaches are embarrassed; the kids are embarrassed. You go on national TV and Syracuse put it to us. Hopefully, they'll be excited to play Rutgers next week."
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