NCAAF Game Recap - Syracuse at Boston College
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Nov 24, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(19) Syracuse (9-3)

14

14

7

7

42

Boston College (7-5)

7

7

7

0

21

No. 19 Syracuse finishes surprising season by beating BC
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:21 PM

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.

Dungey, who left last week's game against No. 3 Notre Dame clutching his lower back, is the third player in school history to account for six scores in a game; the first was Hall of Famer Jim Brown. With 32 running and passing touchdowns this year, Dungey also passed Donovan McNabb for the Syracuse single-season record.

"I knew I was going to play really when I got in the training room," Dungey said. "There was no way I wasn't going to play my last game."

After losing its last five games last year, including a 42-14 defeat by BC in the finale, Syracuse was picked to land at the bottom in the Atlantic Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. Instead, the Orange (9-3, 6-2) finished second to second-ranked Clemson, and will head to their first bowl game since 2013.

"It's crazy to think about," Dungey said. "We've got another four weeks or something to get ready for the bowl game, trying to get a 10th win. I'm just at a loss for words."

Boston College (7-5, 4-4) finished with a three-game losing streak after opening the season 7-2 and rising to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 before to losing to Clemson on Nov. 10.

"Early in the season, I would say we were taking the next step," receiver Michael Walker said. "The last couple of weeks have been tough."

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: The Orange finished with nine wins for the first time since 2001 and were second only to Clemson in the entire ACC.

BC: The Eagles concluded with a three-game losing streak and - unless they win their bowl game - their fifth seven-win season in six years under coach Steve Addazio.

"A week ago Saturday, we're the 19th team in the country. We had (ESPN's) `Gameday' here," Addazio said. "Why did we have `Gameday' here? Because we were playing for the conference championship just two weeks ago. We took a big step. We sold this place out - our first sellout in years. A lot of good things have happened."

TURNING POINT

The Orange gave up the first score of the game and then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, starting with a 75-yard pass from Dungey to a wide-open Sean Riley. On the ensuing kickoff, kicker Sterling Hofrichter forced and recovered a fumble.

"We've got the toughest kicker in the ACC," Babers said. "A kicker knocking the doggone ball out? How about that?"

Dungey's 4-yard run made it 14-7 and the Eagles never got any closer. Dungey followed with a 2-yard touchdown run and also scored on an 18-yard quarterback sneak right before the half to give the Orange a 28-14 lead.

STATS

Riley caught five passes for 115 yards, and Dontae Strickland carried 20 times for 129 yards for Syracuse, which bounced back from a 36-3 loss to Notre Dame to win for the fifth time in six games.

Anthony Brown completed 17 of 37 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns for BC. But he also threw two interceptions and fumbled away what may have been the Eagles' last chance to come back.

BC running back AJ Dillon, who has been nursing an ankle injury, ran 12 times for 56 yards before leaving the game at halftime. Defensive ends Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray, two of the Eagles' biggest stars, also left with injuries.

LONG PLAYS

Reilly was so wide open on Syracuse's first touchdown that Dungey was able to just loft it up to him. He waited for it to come down and then waltzed into the end zone.

The Eagles took advantage of a blown coverage by the Orange on a 69-yard connection from Brown to Jeff Smith that made it 21-14.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange will be a candidate for the Camping World Bowl.

Boston College: The Eagles could be headed for the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, or the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, both on Dec. 31.

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Passing

Syr Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Harris 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
E. Dungey 34 21 61.8 3 362 75 1 115.1
BC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Brown 37 17 45.9 3 251 69 2 73.1

Rushing

Syr Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Strickland 20 129 6.5 32 0
M. Neal 10 37 3.7 10 0
BC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Dillon 12 56 4.7 17 0
T. Levy 5 27 5.4 14 0

Receiving

Syr Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Riley 5 115 23.0 75 1
J. Custis 3 68 22.7 34 1
BC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Smith 1 69 69.0 69 1
T. Sweeney 3 59 19.7 30 0

Fumbles

BC F FL
A. Brown 1 1

Returning

Syr KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Riley 1 23.0 0 23 2 13.5 0 20
BC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Walker 5 28.2 0 53 1 21.0 0 21

Punting

Syr Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Hofrichter 4 170 42.5 56
BC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
G. Carlson 5 208 41.6 46

Takeaways

Syr Int Yds InTD
A. Cisco 1 0 0
S. Hofrichter 0 0 0
BC Int Yds InTD
T. Torres 1 34 0

Team Stats Comparison

Syr BC
Points For 42 21
Total Yards 559 356
Rushing Yards 197 105
Passing Yards 362 251
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/35 17/37
Turnovers 1 4
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/2
First Downs 28 18
Penalties - Yards 10/90 6/50
Time Of Possession 19:19 41:41
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 11/22 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 5/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Syr BC
BC 11:46 TD Jake Burt 3 yd pass from Anthony Brown (Colton Lichtenberg kick) 0 7
Syr 11:57 TD Sean Riley 75 yd pass from Eric Dungey (Andre Szmyt kick) 7 7
Syr 14:14 TD Eric Dungey 4 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 14 7
2nd Quarter Syr BC
Syr 2:20 TD Eric Dungey 2 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 21 7
BC 12:06 TD Jeff Smith 69 yd pass from Anthony Brown (Colton Lichtenberg kick) 21 14
Syr 13:30 TD Eric Dungey 18 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 28 14
3rd Quarter Syr BC
BC 1:34 TD Ben Glines 29 yd pass from Anthony Brown (Colton Lichtenberg kick) 28 21
Syr 10:08 TD Jamal Custis 22 yd pass from Eric Dungey (Andre Szmyt kick) 35 21
4th Quarter Syr BC
Syr 5:53 TD Taj Harris 2 yd pass from Eric Dungey (Andre Szmyt kick) 42 21

Game Information

Stadium: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 34,959
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