syracuse football

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.


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." 

WAER's James Gloria spoke to Marc Weber and Zack Molle about injury updates, Jameis Winston and a former little league teammate's of James who is now getting reps at quarterback for the Seminoles.

Syracuse Faces Challenge in #2 Florida State

Nov 15, 2013
USA Today Sports, 2013

Syracuse (5-4, 3-2) football is just one win away from locking up a bowl game, but that victory will be hard to get this weekend as the Orange faces 2nd ranked Florida State (9-0, 7-0).

While Florida State may be 38.5 point favorites in the game, ‘Cuse enters this weekend allowing only three points in its last two games. The Orange’s defense has been in great form as SU travels down to Tallahassee.

Syracuse Dominates Maryland; Gets 5th Win

Nov 11, 2013
CitrusTV Sports, 2013

Syracuse (5-4, 3-2) took care of Maryland (5-4, 1-4) at Byrd Stadium 20-3 to improve to above .500 for the first time in the Scott Shafer era.

The Orange started the game on an opening 16 play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Jerome Smith one yard touchdown run. Quarterback, Terrel Hunt was a perfect 6 for 6 with 49 yards on the drive. The opening drive was the only touchdown either team scored in the first half.