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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.

Syracuse Football Loses Big to Florida State

Oct 31, 2015

Behind a strong offensive performance both through the air and on the ground, Florida State topped Syracuse, 45-21, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Syracuse falls to 3-5 overall on the season and to 1-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Orange must now win three of its final five games to become bowl eligible. Meanwhile, Florida State improves to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play with the win.

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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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The opposing team was different, and so was the field. But the drive was eerily similar.

 

With Syracuse and Pittsburgh knotted at 20 with 9:20 to play in the fourth quarter, the Panthers had the ball deep in their own territory. They proceeded to milk the entirety of the game clock with a 19-play, 95-yard drive and have their kicker, Chris Blewitt, put a 24-yard, game-winning field goal through the uprights to seal the game.

 

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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.

Syracuse Falls at Virginia, 44-38 in Triple Overtime

Oct 17, 2015

Syracuse suffered another loss on Saturday, falling 44-38 in triple overtime to the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.

The Orange fall to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play with the loss. In the end, Syracuse's defense simply couldn't pull out enough stops, wasting a strong performance from freshman quarterback Eric Dungey. Dungey went 16-of-22 for 150 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran the ball 18 times for 85 yards and a score.

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 Cuse.com

Syracuse Football Falls 45-24 to South Florida

Oct 10, 2015

Syracuse dropped its second consecutive game on Saturday, this time falling 45-24 to South Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

In the loss, the Orange (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) struggled on both sides of the ball and were thoroughly outplayed by the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic). Syracuse's offense couldn't stop USF on the ground or through the air, and though the Orange's offense woke up in the third quarter after a slow start, it wasn't enough to keep up with South Florida.

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Through four games in the 2015 season, one of Syracuse's most consistent strengths has been its ability to stop the run. SU has allowed only 102 rushing yards per game, good enough for 17th-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision series. 

But when the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) travels to Tampa Bay on Saturday for a meeting with South Florida, the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) will likely look to challenge SU's stout rush defense. USF's biggest strength offensively is its rush attack; the Bulls rank 28th in college football in rushing yards per game. 

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Through four games in the 2015 season, one of Syracuse's most consistent strengths has been its ability to stop the run. SU has allowed only 102 rushing yards per game, good enough for 17th-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision series. 

But when the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) travels to Tampa Bay on Saturday for a meeting with South Florida, the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) will likely look to challenge SU's stout rush defense. USF's biggest strength offensively is its rush attack; the Bulls rank 28th in college football in rushing yards per game. 

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