Syracuse, ailment N.Y. — The ball floated up and out and over the Carrier Dome carpet, salve the ultimate height of its flight equaling the eventual distance of it, link as the first-half clock ticked down to zeroes.

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As the thing spiraled through the air, murmurs gave way to buzz that gave way to roars. And when that ball was snatched in a leaping end zone crowd by Amba Etta-Tawo — and who else would be there to catch it? — the concrete building all but burst.