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Terrel Hunt held his arms up in disbelief.  His last-ditch spike attempt at the end of the first half left no time on the clock to run a play from the Louisville 2-yard line. 

It left the struggling quarterback with a frustrated feeling. 

And once again, it left the Orange (2-3, 0-1 ACC) without any points in the red zone.  

“It wasn’t good enough,” Scott Shafer said on his team’s performance. “It wasn’t good enough to get it done. So we have to go back to work and try to get it better. It’s so simple it’s hard to comprehend, but it the God’s honest truth.”

Syracuse returns home for its ACC opener, hoping to avenge a disappointing loss last week in MetLife. The Louisville Cardinals, meanwhile, return to get revenge against the team that spoiled their undefeated season back in 2012.

A pair of former Big East teams will match up on Friday night when Syracuse (2-2) hosts Louisville (4-1) in the Carrier Dome. 

“It’s always great to play Louisville,” safety Durell Eskridge said.  “I’m happy they’re in the ACC. They were one of our top opponents in the Big East.”

It only took back-to-back completions for Everett Golson to change the course of the game and show that he belongs in pro stadiums.

Golson’s two second quarter touchdown passes to William Fuller stifled a Syracuse defense that had shut him out up to that point in the game.  His precise passing attack propelled No. 8 Notre Dame (4-0) to a 31-15 win over the Orange (2-2) in MetLife Stadium and allowed the Irish to withstand a five turnover performance.  It’s the first time the Irish have started the season by scoring at least 30 points in all four games since 1943.

Notre Dame’s perfect red zone play this season explains why the Irish have started the season 3-0.  Syracuse’s struggles in that department explain why the Orange has not.

SU was hoping for an undefeated matchup at MetLife on Saturday night, but a series of miscues and mistakes cost Syracuse in its 34-20 loss last week.  Instead, the Orange gets a chance at redemption when it takes on No. 8 Notre Dame at 8 p.m.

A national audience will be watching when Syracuse takes on Notre Dame on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. And Dontae Strickland, the highest rated player in Syracuse’s incoming freshman class, will be watching as well. 

Syracuse’s journey to New Jersey won’t only be a business trip, but a recruiting one, too.  Strickland, a South Brunswick, N.J. native, will be at the game along with several other players Syracuse is targeting.

Terrel Hunt’s two turnovers – a red zone interception and a late fumble – turned into ten Maryland Terrapin points. Syracuse accumulated 589 yards of offense, but a series of blunders - penalties, dropped interceptions and errant throws - prevented the Orange from going 3-0 for the first time in 23 years.

The Orange (2-1) lost 34-20 in an underwhelming home performance on Saturday.

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There's only one week before Syracuse's primetime matchup against Notre Dame, but the Orange coaches and players are insisting that their attention is only on Maryland.

"We’re just focused on Maryland," SU head coach Scott Shafer said.  "We’re locked into what Maryland does.  Daily, the message is to focus on ourselves and then focus on the opponent at hand." 

When Terrel Hunt steps onto the field on Saturday, he’ll have one of his top targets back in action. 

Sophomore tight end Josh Parris will make his season debut against Maryland, SU head coach Scott Shafer said on Thursday.  Parris came into the year as Syracuse’s starting tight end, but had surgery on Aug. 20 to clean out cartilage in his knee. 

"Parris has had a good week of practice so we’re looking forward to getting him back on the field," Shafer said.

Syracuse Dominates Central Michigan in 40-3 Road Win

Sep 13, 2014
Stephen Sartori

Syracuse didn’t need any overtimes or trick plays to beat Central Michigan on Saturday. Just good defense.

Two weeks after narrowly beating Villanova, the Orange (2-0) easily defeated the Chippewas, 40-3, on Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. 

"I really challenged the defense to play well in stopping the run," Scott Shafer said.  "Coach (Chuck) Bullough, Coach (Tim) Daoust, Coach (Fred) Reed, and Coach (Clark) Lea did a heck of a job of getting those kids ready to play." 

Stephen Sartori

Terrel Hunt yearned to get back onto the field to redeem himself, since last time out he got ejected from Syracuse's 27-26 double-overtime win over Villanova.  After having to wait two full weeks, Hunt finally gets his opportunity on Saturday as the Orange (1-0) takes on the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) in Mount Pleasant.

“I’m itching a lot to get out there,” Hunt said Wednesday.

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