Syracuse scored first on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Marvin Graves to David Hill for a 7–0 lead. Graves ran three yards for a touchdown as Syracuse led 14–0 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ohio State's Williams kicked a 34-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Biskup kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Syracuse a 17–3 lead. Ohio State's Carlos Snow ran two yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 17–10. In the fourth quarter, Ohio State recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown to tie it at 17. Syracuse scored the gamewinning touchdown on a 60-yard bomb from Marvin Graves to Antonio Johnson. Syracuse won the game by a 24–17 margin.