No. 22 Syracuse’s defense ready to excel, returns 8 starters
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a switch for Syracuse coach Dino Babers — defense rules.
Known for his up-tempo offenses, the fourth-year coach is looking to his defense to help lift the No. 22...
Focus for Syracuse’s Dino Babers: prove last year no fluke
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Dino Babers begins his fourth season at Syracuse with a big goal — to prove that last season was no fluke.
Syracuse finished 10-3 in 2018 and was No. 15 in the...
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse is coming off a breakthrough season that even surprised coach Dino Babers a little bit. Keeping the momentum going is of paramount importance.
Syracuse tops West Virginia in Camping World Bowl, 34-18
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Syracuse sent Eric Dungey out a winner, and got a good look at its future.
Dungey capped his record-setting college career by throwing for 303 yards, Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson combined to score three touchdowns in their Syracuse debuts and the 17th-ranked Orange got their first 10-win season since 2001 by topping No. 15 West Virginia 34-18 in the Camping World Bowl on Friday.
All eyes on Dungey, as Syracuse faces off with West Virginia
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's easy to tell that West Virginia has plenty of respect for Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, since at least one of the Mountaineers compared him to Will Grier.
Syracuse takes on West Virginia in Camping World Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Camping World Bowl: No. 15 West Virginia (8-3) vs. No. 17 Syracuse (9-3), Friday, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Syracuse by 1.
Series Record: Syracuse, 33-27.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Syracuse is trying for its first 10-win season since 2001, and its chance comes in a game against a former Big East rival. West Virginia is seeking to avoid falling in a bowl game for a third consecutive season, which would match the longest such drought in the program's history.
Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors
Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press.
Comeback Player: Dartmouth’s Simmer back from brain surgery
During his freshman season at Dartmouth, Seth Simmer was having trouble hearing the linebackers call signals from his defensive tackle spot just a few yards away.
What was first diagnosed as an ear infection brought on by a severe head cold turned out to be a brain tumor that was making him deaf in his left ear.
Camping World Bowl has No. 15 West Virginia, No. 17 Syracuse
No. 17 Syracuse (9-3, Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 20 College Football Playoff) vs. No. 15 West Virginia (8-3, Big 12, No. 16 CFP), Dec. 28, 5:15 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida
Syracuse: QB Eric Dungey, 205 of 341 for 2,565 yards with 17 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. 167 carries for 732 yards and 15 touchdowns.
West Virginia: QB Will Grier, 266 of 397 for 3,864 yards with 37 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
ACC honors 11 players from No. 18 Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Freshman safety Andre Cisco, redshirt junior punter Sterling Hofrichter and redshirt freshman kicker Andre Szmyt are among 11 players for No. 18 Syracuse honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
No. 19 Syracuse finishes surprising season by beating BC
BOSTON (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers was watching Eric Dungey in practice this week when he realized his quarterback didn't look like a guy who had an injury.
"He did something that was really, really natural," Babers said. "All the hair stood up on my arm because right then I knew we had a chance to win."
Dungey threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more scores on Saturday, leading No. 19 Syracuse to a 42-21 victory over Boston College.
No. 19 Syracuse hoping QB Eric Dungey ready for Eagles
BOSTON (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is questionable for the regular-season finale, and Boston College coach Steve Addazio says that's not much comfort for him.
Because backup Tommy DeVito isn't exactly a pushover, either.
Syracuse-BC matchup headlines this week around the ACC
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 13:
No. 19 Syracuse visits longtime foe Boston College
No. 19 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2 ACC, No. 20 CFP) at Boston College (7-4, 4-3), noon EST (ESPN)
Line: Boston College by 7.
Series record: Syracuse leads 31-20.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Syracuse was picked in the preseason to finish last in the Atlantic Division and can clinch second place behind Clemson with a win. Boston College has lost two straight to fall out of the AP Top 25 and can take a step back in the right direction with a victory. The Eagles are 5-1 at home heading into Senior Day.
Syracuse puts loss to Notre Dame behind
Syracuse coach Dino Babers offered little on quarterback Eric Dungey and a lot on the Orange's third loss of what has been a breakthrough season.
Syracuse hopeful senior QB Eric Dungey can play at BC
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's hopeful quarterback Eric Dungey will be available for the 19th-ranked Orange's season finale at Boston College.
Dungey was injured Saturday in a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium . It was announced as an upper-body injury, with no more details provided.
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- The Herald-DispatchWVU faces another running QB vs. OrangeDecember 27, 2018
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- The Herald-DispatchMountaineers to face another standout quarterbackDecember 24, 2018
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Syracuse QB Dungey leaves in 1st quarter with injury
NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has left the Orange's game against No. 3 Notre Dame in the first quarter with a possible back injury.
Syracuse-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s 12th week
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12:
Syracuse QB Eric Dungey nears end of memorable career
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After Syracuse defeated Louisville in the home season finale Friday night, Orange coach Dino Babers brought the seniors out of the locker room to mingle one last time with their fans inside the Carrier Dome. Quarterback Eric Dungey lingered longer than most, snapping selfie after selfie with fans.
No. 13 Syracuse beats Louisville 54-23 _ perfect in dome
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After humiliating losses the last four seasons to Louisville, payback was sweet for Syracuse.
Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, senior quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and No. 13 Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to rout the Cardinals 54-23 on Friday night.
Perfect at home, No. 13 Syracuse hosts Louisville
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has never played in the final home game of a season. At long last he has that chance.
And rest assured that when the No. 13 Orange (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 13 CFP) take the Carrier Dome field on Friday night to face struggling Louisville (2-7, 0-6) the senior star will appreciate the moment.
Dungey, No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, Jarveon Howard ran for two scores and No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24 on Saturday.
Dungey — whose average of 294.1 total yards per game ranks second in the ACC — was 23 of 35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.
No. 22 Syracuse looks to keep rolling at Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No. 22 Syracuse doesn't want to be a one-week wonder.
The Orange debut their first national ranking since 2001 on Saturday when they bring a high-powered offense to face a Wake Forest team that has had trouble containing big plays.
Syracuse beats No. 22 NC State 51-41
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Eric Dungey said he thought he was getting complacent when Syracuse coach Dino Babers declined to name a starter before the biggest game of the season.
Syracuse hosts No. 22 NC State; Orange unbeaten at home
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Dino Babers goes into one of Syracuse's most important games of the season with a big secret — who will start at quarterback.
Will it be senior Eric Dungey or redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito to face No. 22 North Carolina State (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome? Both teams are one victory shy of qualifying to play in the postseason and it's a big deal for the Orange (5-2, 2-2), who haven't played in a bowl game in five years.
Syracuse rallies to beat North Carolina 40-37 in double OT
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse's season hung in the balance. After two straight defeats in heartbreaking style, the Orange was perched on the precipice of another crushing loss after coughing up a 20-7 lead.
But then redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy DeVito came to the rescue, leading the Orange (5-2, 2-2 ACC) to a thrilling 40-37 double-overtime victory over North Carolina (1-5, 1-3) Saturday.
Syracuse hosts North Carolina looking to stop 2-game skid
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has forgotten his last pass. It wasn't so easy to do.
Two weeks ago on the Orange's first offensive play in overtime at Pittsburgh after the Panthers had opened extra time with a touchdown, the senior threw an interception in the end zone and trudged off the field a loser again.
After tough loss at Clemson, Syracuse awaits struggling Pitt
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers believes the culture within his program is changing. That the days of the Orange settling for simply being competitive are gone.
Babers sees proof everywhere, from the warp speed offense led by senior quarterback Eric Dungey to a defense that has evolved from meager to occasionally menacing.
No. 3 Clemson faces ACC showdown with undefeated ’Cuse
Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0), noon (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 22.
Series record: Clemson leads 4-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
A surprise battle for the top of the ACC's Atlantic Division with the winner leaving in the driver's seat. Clemson is 4-0 for the fourth straight season while Syracuse is 4-0 for the first time since joining the league and just the fifth time since the end of World War II.
SU’s Dungey and Army’s Brinson semifinalists for Campbell
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and Army linebacker Kenneth Brinson are semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy.
Dungey scores 3 times, Syracuse beats UConn 51-21
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey's mantra is to annihilate opponents, and so far the senior is doing a pretty good job of it.
Dungey rushed for 77 yards and three touchdowns, passed for 286 yards and two more scores without a turnover, and Syracuse beat former Big East foe Connecticut 51-21 on Saturday to continue its early season surge.
Syracuse beats Florida State 30-7 behind DeVito
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse took another big step toward putting the woeful recent past in the rearview mirror.
Quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard score in a span of just over 3 minutes in the third quarter, and Syracuse beat Florida State 30-7 on Saturday in the sweltering heat of the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse QB Eric Dungey hurt in 1st half vs. FSU
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey was hit hard after a gain late in the second quarter against Florida State and left Saturday's game.
The senior was hit in the helmet while on the turf after a 6-yard gain and was replaced by redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito.
Dungey remained on the sideline until halftime but did not return to the field with the team. Syracuse says he was being evaluated by the medical staff.
Syracuse hosts Florida State looking to get to 3-0
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart knows what his Seminoles are up against with Eric Dungey. He's seen Syracuse's senior quarterback up close before.
"He's a hell of a competitor. Kid loves to compete," said Taggart, who faced Dungey while he was head coach at South Florida. "He can cause you a lot of problems. Our guys are going to have our hands full going against him and, hopefully, it's just one of those bad days for him that day."
Syracuse offense purring under Dino Babers
Maybe the breakthrough Syracuse coach Dino Babers has been expecting has finally arrived.
The Orange have won their first two games for the first time under Babers, and his up-tempo offense has shined in victories at Western Michigan and at home on Saturday over Football Championship Subdivision foe Wagner.
Dungey ties record with 5 TDs; Syracuse drubs Wagner, 62-10
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is a hungry man, and for the second game in a row Saturday he helped his team gorge itself on points.
Dungey tied a school record by tossing five touchdown passes to pace Syracuse to a 62-10 rout of Wagner in its home opener.
The Orange improved to 2-0 while FCS Wagner dropped to 1-1.
Dungey's effort comes a week after he rushed for 200 yards and threw for two touchdowns in a 55-42 win over Western Michigan.
Syracuse hosts FCS foe Wagner, looking to get to 2-0
Syracuse looks to get to 2-0 for the first time under third-year coach Dino Babers.
The Orange will attempt to prove the Carrier Dome really is "our house," starting with a three-game home stand.
"We're looking forward to getting back in front of the student body, the community," Babers said. "I think it's time to get back to Syracuse football."
The Orange host Championship Subdivision foe Wagner (1-0) on Saturday, a team they defeated 54-0 in their only previous meeting five years ago.
Dungey leads Syracuse over Western Michigan, 55-42
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Senior quarterback Eric Dungey rushed for 200 yards and passed for 184, coming back off the bench for Syracuse in a 55-42 win at Western Michigan on Friday in the season opener.
Dungey looked like he was going to get the second half off after the Orange built a 34-7 lead, but he returned after Western Michigan made it a six-point game in the third quarter.
Dungey lobbied coach Dino Babers to get back in and put the game away upon his return.
Syracuse football has nowhere to go but up
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse's Dino Babers is in uncharted territory as he prepares for his seventh season as a head coach. So far, he likes what he sees.
"This is the first time I've ever had a Year 3 anywhere," said Babers, whose first two head coaching jobs were two-year stints at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green. "I think everybody's headed in the right direction. I think there's more of our type of guys (here) than before and I think it's going to pay off for us in the long run."
Syracuse QB Zack Mahoney signs with CFL team
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney has signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
The Blue Bombers announced the move on Friday.
A walk-on from the College of DuPage in Illinois, Mahoney played three years for the Orange and earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2016 season. He served as the backup to starter Eric Dungey the past two seasons.
Syracuse makes gains in disappointing season
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When Donovan McNabb was Syracuse's quarterback two decades ago, he had a constant lament — that coach Paul Pasqualoni would not give him the green light to pass more often.
McNabb, who had just three 300-yard passing games in college, might have another lament today — wishing he could turn back the clock and play for current Orange coach Dino Babers.
Syracuse QB Eric Dungey likely to miss season finale
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, who has missed the past two games with a lower-leg injury, likely will miss Saturday's season finale at home against Boston College.
Syracuse coach Dino Babers hinted Monday at his weekly press conference that Dungey probably would not play, even though he's listed as the starter on the depth chart.
Babers says he would bet that Dungey doesn't play and that "I think he'll be full-go by next year."
The quarterback is athletic, tough, gritty, knows how to win, has a strong arm and can make any throw he’s asked to make.
Which one — Wake Forest’s John Wolford or Syracuse’s Eric Dungey — does that description fit?
“Dungey is a winner, he’s a competitor, he’s gritty, he’s tough, he hangs in the pocket, he makes plays with his feet. He sticks the ball in tight spaces. He’s a really, really good player. He reminds me a lot of John,” Coach Dave Clawson of Wake Forest said.
Syracuse-Miami matchup headlines ACC Week 8
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 8:
Right tackle Chris Lindstrom received due credit for tailback AJ Dillon’s ridiculous rushing numbers in Saturday’s 45-42 road upset victory of Louisville.
Fair or not, an offensive lineman’s worth is evaluated in other people’s stats.
Dillon carried the ball 39 times for a Boston College freshman-record 272 yards against Louisville, the fifth-most by an FBS running back this season. Dillon was the first BC back to eclipse 200 yards since Andre Williams rambled for 295 at New Mexico State in 2013.
Syracuse takes big step with win over No. 2 Clemson
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers paused at midfield in the Carrier Dome after the most important victory of his coaching career. He had no choice because he was surrounded by ecstatic fans stunned by the Orange's upset of No. 2 Clemson.
Clemson vs. Syracuse: By the numbers; The Good, The Bad, The Wacky
By the numbers
2 for 11
Clemson on third down
Touchdown passes for Syracuse QB Eric Dungey (6 allowed by Clemson coming in)
37 and 52
Yards on touchdown runs by Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne
Clemson’s ACC record vs. Syracuse
1 for 3
Clemson’s Alex Spence on field goal attempts
Big-play touchdown runs from Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne. Tanner Muse with a fumble return for a touchdown. Decent pressure on the quarterback, particularly by Clelin Ferrell.
Dungey has 3 TD passes, Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson 27-24
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — As the celebration in the Syracuse locker room reverberated through the walls of the Carrier Dome, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney winced a little bit, dreams of a perfect season lost in a sea of orange.
Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson 27-24 on Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers' chances to repeat as national champions.