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Syracuse Hosts Liberty and Talented QB

Oct 16, 2020
Syracuse defensive end Kingsley Jonathan (57) strips the ball from former Liberty quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert (12) in last year's matchup.

All Malik Willis ever wanted was an opportunity to play. This Saturday, the dual threat quarterback gets his first start against a power five school when he and the 4-0 Liberty Flames march into the Dome to play 1-3 Syracuse.

Years ago, the signal caller could have never imagined he would wait this long to start against a big conference school. Willis committed to Auburn in the winter of 2017, but he never found solid footing in the starting rotation – stuck behind current New England Patriots backup Jarrett Stidham.

Syracuse Hands Duke First Win of Season

Oct 10, 2020

Syracuse was unable to stop four-star quarterback by the name of Chase Brice. Does that name sound familiar? Well Brice used to play for the Clemson Tigers. In 2018, Brice led a win against Syracuse when starter Trevor Lawrence left the game with an injury.

Brice came to the Dome to seek a second win against the Orange, and he did just that. Duke defeated Syracuse 38-24 following a strong start from Brice. Brice would throw for 270 yards and two touchdowns.

Last time we saw the Syracuse Football team take the field, the Orange notched their first victory of the season in the newly-renovated Dome against Georgia Tech 37-20. In that matchup, star free safety Andre Cisco did not take the field. The junior was banged up pregame. Earlier this week, Head Coach Dino Babers confirmed that Cisco had suffered a “lower-body extremity injury” in warmups. Despite giving some insight, Babers did not give a timetable for Cisco’s return. 

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In the first game under the newly renovated Dome roof, the Syracuse defense intercepted Georgia Tech four times en route to their first win of the 2020 season by a score of 37-20. 


After a 30-minute delay due to confirmation on COVID-19 testing results and an Andre Cisco pregame injury that prevented him from playing, the Orange offense delivered their best punch early in the game. Freshman running back, Sean Tucker, carried the offense early rushing for 73 yards and two touchdowns 

  in the first quarter. 

SU Offense Sputters in 21-10 Defeat to #25 Pitt

Sep 19, 2020

For one reason or another, Syracuse and Pittsburgh seem to play close football games nearly every year. The previous three matchups between the Orange and Panthers were all decided by a single score, a streak that came to an end earlier today.

Given the lopsided spread (-21 in favor of Pitt via ESPN), one might believe that the eleven-point loss was a decent result for SU. However, concerns about the ineffectiveness of the offense superseded any positives that could be taken away from this game.

Syracuse Travels to Take on #25 Pittsburgh

Sep 17, 2020

  After a disappointing season opener in Chapel Hill, Syracuse Football (0-1, 0-1) will face another ranked opponent this weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania to take on 25th ranked Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0).

The Panthers are ranked for the first time since 2018 after a 55-0 thrashing of FCS Austin Peay. They will stay home as Syracuse comes to town, fresh off a 31-6 loss at UNC Chapel-Hill last Saturday. 

Catching Up With 'Cuse Men's Lacrosse

Sep 13, 2020

Of all three teams covered in this series, none had a more brutal blow from the cancelation of collegiate sports than men’s lacrosse. At the beginning of the pandemic, Syracuse was 5-0 and ranked number one in the country. In a flash, it was all over.

Welcome to the third and final edition of the Catching up with ‘Cuse article-series. Throughout the three articles, WAER Sports dives into the biggest moments of the last five months of Syracuse football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse.

College Football is back! After concerns surrounding player safety threatened to cancel the fall season, the majority of the Atlantic Coast Conference began play today. Slated for the early afternoon game, Syracuse lost to North Carolina in their 2020 season opener. 


Syracuse Football Begins in UNC

Sep 11, 2020

The words that Orange fans have longed to hear…football…is…back!

After a long, and I mean long summer, the NFL kicked off last night. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 34-20. Now why is that relevant to Syracuse football? Because once the NFL kicks off, college football and the Orange kickoff.

Syracuse will be opening the season against the #18 UNC Tar Heels. UNC was last ranked in 2016 when the AP poll listed UNC as the 15th best team in the country going in to their matchup against Duke.

81-53: that is how Syracuse ended the basketball season. SU convincingly beat North Carolina in the ACC tournament, albeit not exactly the usual UNC given their struggles last year. The regular season was largely disappointing for the Orange, but a victory over the Tarheels reinvigorated hope that SU could pull off a miracle ACC tournament title-run and dance to March Madness.