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Syracuse - Wake Forest
1:36 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

AJ Long Hopes to End SU Football's Losing Streak Saturday In His First Career Start

AJ Long talks to the media about his performance against Florida State and looks forward to his first career start.
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The AJ Long era has officially begun.

With a pair of injured quarterbacks, Scott Shafer now turns to his third-string passer to try to end a four game losing streak, save Syracuse’s season and, possibly, save his own job. 

Syracuse couldn’t upset top-ranked Florida State last week, but Long impressed in his college debut.  The true freshman completed 16-of-27 passes for 167 yards against the Seminoles along with two touchdowns and two interceptions.  It was a rare bright spot for the Orange, who’s lost each of its last four games by at least ten points. 

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Syracuse - Florida State
5:41 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

No. 1 Florida State Holds Off Syracuse in 38-20 Win

Even as the off-the-field allegations continue to surface, it was just another day at the office for Jameis Winston. 

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed 30-of-36 passes for three touchdowns.  His calm and confident play led No. 1 Florida State in a 38-20 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.  The defending champion Seminoles (6-0) are halfway to another undefeated season.   

“To beat the No. 1 team in the country is a very difficult task,” Scott Shafer said.  “I really believed this week that we could beat this team, but we didn’t get that done today.”

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Syracuse - Florida State
9:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Syracuse Football Going for Historic Upset Over No. 1 Florida State

It hasn’t been another season of blowouts for Florida State, but they’ve done enough to do what many of the highest ranked teams haven’t – win.  The reigning national champions comes to the Carrier Dome to face a Syracuse team that has lost its last three games. The Seminoles, meanwhile, haven’t lost since the 2012 season.

“There’s a reason why they’ve won 21 in a row: great coaching and great players,” Scott Shafer said.  “We have a daunting task in front of us, but we're looking forward to it.”

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George McDonald Reaction
8:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Demoted George McDonald "Blindsided" By Recent Staff Changes

George McDonald said he was "blindsided" on Saturday when Scott Shafer told him that he'd been demoted from offensive coordinator to wide receivers coach.

"If I would’ve known I would only get 18 games to be offensive coordinator, I would have stayed at the University of Arkansas," McDonald said.  "I would have never came here."

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George McDonald Demotion
2:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

SU Football Demotes OC George McDonald; Tim Lester Takes Over Play Calling

George McDonald was demoted on Monday after Syracuse's offense struggled again against Louisville.
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Syracuse's offense will have a new quarterback this week, after Terrel Hunt fractured his fibula against Louisville.

When Syracuse hosts No. 1 Florida State on Saturday, the offense will have a new coordinator, as well.

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