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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. 

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.

Through three weeks in the 2015 season, Syracuse's biggest strength, statistically speaking, is its rush defense. The Orange is allowing just 46.7 rushing yards per game, good for third-best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision. 

Tim Lester Says Zack Mahoney is "The Guy" for Saturday

Sep 23, 2015

Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday that sophomore walk-on transfer quarterback Zack Mahoney is "the guy" for Saturday's game against LSU.

After Eric Dungey left last week's game against Central Michigan with an "upper-body" injury, Mahoney and fellow sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson split time on the field. But Lester indicated that SU's offense will be Mahoney's on Saturday.

"Right now, Zack's the guy that's shown the most and he's the most consistent with what we're doing. We're confident that he can execute all facets of our offense."

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