WATCH: Syracuse QB Throws First TD Pass Since Beating Cancer


There has been seldom good news in year 2020, but on Saturday the college football scene gave everyone a moment to smile.

Rex Culpepper, a senior quarterback at Syracuse, threw his first touchdown pass since beating cancer in 2018 in a 21-10 loss to Pitt.

Culpepper, who is the team’s backup and was in for a struggling Tommy DeVito, connected with Taj Harrison on a third-and-11 play in the second quarter for a 69-yard touchdown to give the Orange a 10-7 lead.

It was Culpepper’s second pass attempt of the game and Syracuse’s only touchdown in the loss.

DeVito, who was sacked a total of seven times, would split time with Culpepper, but the senior finished his day completing 4-of-9 passes for 88 yards and the touchdown.

Culpepper was declared cancer-free in June of 2018 – three months after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent more than 100 hours of chemotherapy, per

While the team ultimately list, it was surely the highlight of the game and a day Culpepper will never forget.

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