There's something about a cozy crowd of thousands rubbing elbows at the Onondaga County War Memorial when the Syracuse Crunch is on a roll, sure. But everybody around here knows that owner Howard Dolgon dreams of far more than that. Ever since he brought American Hockey League pucks back to the Salt City in 1994, the guy from downstate has made no qualms about planning events that allow his teams to wander away from that rink that sits along State Street to take a shot for for something that includes these two words in the title. Biggest and Ever.
Syracuse football (3-4, 1-2) hosts Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) this Saturday. The last time the Orange was in action SU “got (its) rumps kicked” in the words of head Coach Scott Shafer following the beat down in Atlanta.
The Orange looks to rebound from that horrible 56-0 loss against Georgia Tech with a win against Wake Forest at home. SU gave up nearly 400 yards on the ground alone against the Yellow Jackets, but the run defense is not the only worry against the Demon Deacons.
Clemson made sure Syracuse never had control of the game. After three plays and just 38 seconds, the #3-ranked Tigers led Syracuse 7-0 and Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd was 3-3 with 82 yards and a touchdown.
“When they scored fast, we were like ‘Whoa.’,” said Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham. “They’re as good as we thought they were.”
Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) continued to dominate Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) and won 49-14. Boyd threw touchdown passes of 60, 42, and 91 yards to pace the Tigers past the Orange.