Lee McDonald kicked a 25-yard field goal and Rutgers ended the nation's fourth-longest active losing streak at 11 games with a stunning 24-21 overtime victory over four-touchdown favorite Syracuse in Piscataway, N.J., yesterday.

The win not only ended the Scarlet Knights' 11-game losing dating to last season, but the improbable triumph helped Rutgers (1-9, 1-5 Big East) avoid a second winless season in three years. Terry Shea's team was 0-11 in 1997.

It also marked the first time that Rutgers has beaten Syracuse (6-4, 3-3) in 12 games since 1986, and this one may have cost the Orangemen a chance at a postseason bowl bid.

PITT 37, NOTRE DAME 27: Pittsburgh couldn't have picked a better way to say goodbye to Pitt Stadium.

John Turman, benched more a month ago, threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Bryant and Kevan Barlow scored twice, and Pitt upset heavily favored Notre Dame in the final game in its 74-year-old stadium.

BC 34, WEST VIRGINIA 17: Boston College used big plays to take a big step toward its first bowl berth in five years as Cedric Washington rushed for 181 yards in a victory over West Virginia. The host Eagles scored third-quarter touchdowns on Pedro Cirino's 63-yard fumble return and Tim Hasselbeck's 66-yard pass to Dedrick Dewalt to break open a game they led 17-10 at halftime.