SYRACUSE, N.Y., Sept. 5 -- Jeff Hall's 27-yard field goal on the game's final play capped a thrilling fourth quarter Saturday as 10th- ranked Tennessee handed No. 14 Syracuse its fifth straight home-opening loss in dramatic fashion, 34-33. Syracuse appeared to take control when Nathan Trout's 19-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 2:38 remaining provided the Orangemen with a 33-31 lead.
The score was set up when, on third down, Donovan McNabb escaped the Volunteers' rush and completed a 47-yard strike to Darryl Daniel at the Tennessee 10-yard line. Tennessee's final drive seemed to have stalled with just over a minute-and-a-half to play when it had a 4th-and-7 from its own 35. But sophomore cornerback Will Allen, making his first collegiate start, was whistled for pass interference. Two lengthy gains by Vols runningback Jamal Lewis placed the ball on the 17, and after Tennessee called timeout with four seconds showing on the clock, Hall added to Syracuse's early season woes with the winning kick. McNabb completed 21-of-27 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score for Syracuse, which lost its home opener by one point for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Orangemen fell to North Carolina State, 32-31, in overtime. Syracuse has not made it out of September undefeated since 1991 and has lost nine games in the season's first month since 1990. Lewis carried 16 times and gained 100 yards for the Volunteers, who improved to 34-6-1 outstide the Southeastern Conference since 1989.