Maryland Provides Syracuse With Reality Check

Sep 9, 2019

The buzz around the Syracuse football team was palpable. Expectations were high and excitement levels were even higher. In 2018, the Orange won ten games for the first time in seventeen years. They had come into the 2019 college football season at No. 22 in the Associated Press Top-25, and had shutout the Liberty Flames 24-0 in Week One. Syracuse's week two date with Maryland did not lack signifcance, but many Orange faithful had their sights set on week three, Syracuse's home opener against top-ranked Clemson, and a rematch of Syracuse's dome-storming upset victory two years ago.

After a brutal 36-3 loss to Notre Dame, Syracuse Football looks to bounce back this weekend against Boston College. In the game against the Irish, the high powered offense for the Orange stalled only producing 234 yards. Both Eric Dungey and Tommy Devito played in this game after Dungey left the game with an injury. These two combined for an abysmal 115 passing yards with three interceptions. Cuse plays a familiar rival this weekend in Boston where they lead the all-time series 31-20.

After dropping two straight games on the road, the Orange returned to the Dome to play the North Carolina Tar Heels. Syracuse continued to use the Dome as a home-field advantage and beat UNC in dramatic fashion.


Football coaches often talk about how important it is two excel in all three phases of the game. That's Offense, Defense and the often overlooked Special Teams. For Syracuse University football, a considerable amount of their early success can be atttributed to their strong play on special teams.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, WAER's Drew Carter takes a look at some of the players making a difference on special teams so far this year.

Syracuse Travels Down to Battle #3 Clemson

Sep 27, 2018

After years of one losing season after another, it is safe to say that the Syracuse University football program has finally begun to turn the corner. With another decisive 51-21 win against UCONN, the Orange sees itself sitting at 4-0; an accomplishment not achieved since 1991. With an unblemished record solidified by decisive margins, the question still stands: why has this team not yet garnered national attention in the AP Top 25 polls? Well, you can answer that question yourself by looking at the records of Western Michigan, Wagner, Florida State, and UCONN.

  After a 62-10 win over Wagner, Syracuse faces their first ACC opponent in Florida State. Syracuse is going into this game after a dominant performance on both offense and defense against Wagner. The Syracuse offense amassed a total of 456 all-purpose yards. On defense and special teams, Syracuse caught three interceptions and blocked two punts. The special teams unit was able to return one of those blocked punts back for a touchdown. The Orange are looking for another all-around strong performance this weekend to remain undefeated.

Syracuse Steamrolls Wagner in Dome Opener, 62-10

Sep 8, 2018

After dispatching Western Michigan in the season opener, Syracuse (2-0, 0-0) returned to the Carrier Dome and throttled FCS Wagner, 62-10.

The Orange jumped out to an early lead, turning a Seahawks interception into a Sean Riley touchdown reception just 3:13 into the first quarter. Syracuse never looked back, opening up a monstrous 45-7 lead before halftime.   

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The Syracuse Orange (2-4, 0-2 ACC) returns home to the Carrier Dome this weekend to face fellow conference opponent, No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1, 2-0 ACC). This Saturday's matchup will be the first time the Hokies will be playing in Syracuse since the 2002 season.

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.