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NC State 42, Syracuse 29: Orange Drop Eighth Straight

Nov 21, 2015

Syracuse suffered an eighth consecutive loss on Saturday, falling 42-29 to the NC State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. The loss means Syracuse will end the season without a win away from the Carrier Dome, as the Orange are now 0-5 on the road. 

Back when he arrived in our city to take over the college athletic program to which so many folks attach so much of their civic pride, I wrote a welcome to Mark Coyle in this space with the wish that he concentrate on a task that could and should go a long way toward heads held higher.

Syracuse falls to No. 1 Clemson, 37-27

Nov 14, 2015
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Syracuse lost in wire-to-wire fashion yet again on Saturday, this time falling 37-27 to Clemson at the Carrier Dome.


After falling behind 14-0 in the game’s final minutes, Syracuse actually outscored Clemson for the remainder of the game. That was thanks in large part to the play of walk-on quarterback Zack Mahoney, who started in the place of freshman quarterback Eric Dungey. But in the end, it wasn’t quite enough for the Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) to upset the Tigers (10-0, 7-0).

Syracuse football offensive coordinator Tim Lester said that last week's game at Florida State was the "fastest" game freshman quarterback Eric Dungey has played in.

The Seminoles, which have college football's 24th-best defense, were -- statistically speaking -- the best defense Dungey has played against this season, and it showed. Dungey completed just 11 of 24 passes for 120 yards and no touchdowns, but he did rush for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

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For the second time in two seasons, Syracuse's defense will be opposed by quarterback Everett Golson. In September 2014, when Golson played for Notre Dame, he went 32-of-39 for 362 yards and four touchdowns as the Fighting Irish topped the Orange, 31-15, on a Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Through five games played in 2015, Eric Dungey has been -- statistically speaking -- one of the best quarterbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He leads it in passer rating and yards per attempt. He's also thrown nine touchdowns to just one interception.

Dungey has succeeded by using a combination of his arm and legs, a rare quarterback who's efficient in both areas. But he's about to face his biggest test yet this season on Saturday. That's when Syracuse will welcome Pittsburgh to the Carrier Dome at noon.

Jordan Fredericks was lying in his bed and scrolling through Twitter on Monday when he learned the news. Syracuse had released its Week 7 depth chart ahead of Saturday's game at Virginia, and the freshman running back was listed as the starter for the first time this season.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said in an interview with

LSU 34, Syracuse 24: Tigers Drop Orange

Sep 26, 2015
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Pressured in the pocket, Zack Mahoney stepped back and flung the ball. It was deflected into the air by an LSU defensive lineman and intercepted by the Tigers' Deion Jones. With Syracuse already trailing 31-17 midway through the fourth quarter, it all but clinched a win for LSU.

As was the case two weeks ago when Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles against Rhode Island, Syracuse lost its starting quarterback Saturday en route to a win at the Carrier Dome. This time, it was Eric Dungey suffering an upper-body injury and leaving the game in the second quarter.

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Eric Dungey was alone in a collapsing pocket. For a moment, it looked as if a Wake Forest player would sack the freshman quarterback inside Syracuse's own five-yard line. But Dungey avoided the rush, stepped up and found Brisly Estime on a post route 30 yards downfield. Estime then broke free and took it the rest of the way for the touchdown, putting Syracuse ahead with two minutes left in the third quarter.

A crowd that was previously silent erupted into a raucous cheer, and Dungey pumped his fist as he ran down the field.