HONOLULU, DEC. 25 -- The Aloha Bowl couldn't have been better for Syracuse or worse for Arizona.
The Orangemen didn't allow Arizona inside their 28-yard line in today's Aloha Bowl, winning by 28-0 and giving the Wildcats their first shutout in 19 years.
Marvin Graves passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two for the Orangemen (7-4-2), who had lost to Miami, 33-7, in their final regular season game.
"Coming out of the loss to Miami, I think a lot of us were embarrassed, so we wanted to prove something," Graves said.
"It's not one of the better Christmases I've had," Arizona Coach Dick Tomey said. "It was a terrible performance."
Arizona (7-5) had scored in 214 consecutive games since a 31-0 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 27, 1971. It was the second-longest scoring streak in the nation behind UCLA's 227 in a row.
Syracuse kept almost constant pressure on Arizona quarterbacks Ronald Veal and George Malauulu, sacking them four times, as it did not allow the Wildcats to put together any sustained drives.
"Momentum-wise, they shut the door on us," Tomey said.
"I thought our guys played their best game of the year," Syracuse Coach Dick MacPherson said. "We had a pretty good defensive game plan."
Graves, a redshirt freshman who was voted most valuable player for the Orangemen in this game, completed 10 of 19 passes for 145 yards and was intercepted once. He rushed 11 times for 45 yards.
He scored on a five-yard draw on Syracuse's first possession. In the second quarter, he found a wide-open Terry Richardson on a 47-yard pass as Syracuse took a 14-0 halftime lead.
Syracuse increased its lead to 21-0 with a 90-yard drive, capped by a six-yard pass from Graves to tight end Chris Gedney, who bulled into the left side of the end zone with 10:34 left.
Graves scored the final touchdown on a seven-yard draw with 3:47 left.
Todd Burden, who intercepted two passes, was chosen as Arizona's MVP.