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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."

As was the case two weeks ago when Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles against Rhode Island, Syracuse lost its starting quarterback Saturday en route to a win at the Carrier Dome. This time, it was Eric Dungey suffering an upper-body injury and leaving the game in the second quarter.

Syracuse vs. Central Michigan: 5 Keys to the Game

Sep 18, 2015

Syracuse will look to win its third consecutive game to begin the 2015 season when it welcomes Central Michigan to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Here are five keys to the game, which you can listen to live on 88.3 FM WAER. 

1. Stopping Cooper Rush

When Syracuse topped Central Michigan 40-3 last September, the Orange held Chippewas quarterback Cooper Rush to 183 passing yards and zero touchdowns. Limiting like that again could prove to be a tall task come Saturday.

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  Syracuse University's Men's Football team began practice this weekend with a clear focus on looking forward not backward.  The team is coming off a 3-9 season in 2014.  That disappointment followed seasons in 2013 and 2012 that both ended in bowl victories.

In 2013, SU defeated Minnesota in the Texas Bowl to cap off a 7-6 season.  In 2012, the season ended with a Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia for a record of 8-5.  

WAER Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Roth '87, has been announced as the new voice of UCLA men's football and basketball broadcasts.

The Syracuse offense could only score one touchdown during the team's annual Spring Game on Saturday against a defense that lost seven starters to graduation. 

The day began with a 6-on-7 skeleton drill and some special teams work, but most of the time was spent on live scrimmaging.

Here are a few takeaways from that scrimmage:

Terrel Hunt Struggles

How are Syracuse Businesses Preparing for NCAA Basketball?

Mar 26, 2015
John Smith

Syracuse businesses are getting ready to host thousands of out-of-town basketball fans who have come to Central New York for the NCAA Tournament.  The Carrier Dome hosts the East regional finals on Friday night and many local businesses are making some last minute preparations.

Emily Whealan, a manager at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, said that includes preparing more food and using a large screen projector to show the games.