Dungey helps Syra­cuse to win at Boston Col­lege

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ken Powtak

Eric Dungey threw three touch­down passes, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syra­cuse de­feated Boston Col­lege, 2820, send­ing the Ea­gles to their 12th straight At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence loss.

Eric Dungey threw three touch­down passes, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syra­cuse beat Boston Col­lege, 28-20, on Satur­day, send­ing the Ea­gles to their 12th straight At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence loss.

Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC).

“He’s get­ting bet­ter with that stuff all the time,” Syra­cuse coach Dino Babers said of his QB. “He’s come a long way since we first saw him.”

Last week, he be­came the first player in school his­tory to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset vic­tory over then-No. 17 Vir­ginia Tech.

In the open­ing quar­ter, a brief fight broke out on the Syra­cuse side­line be­tween Dungey and a cou­ple of Boston Col­lege play­ers af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion by BC’s Wil­liam Har­ris.

Dungey threw Har­ris to the ground and pushed BC line­backer Matt Mi­lano into an equip­ment con­tainer near the stands af­ter he stepped over the QB.

Play­ers from both teams — with a few from BC run­ning across the field — got in­volved in the shov­ing. A Syra­cuse staff mem­ber threw Har­ris to the ground be­fore the of­fi­cials and coaches got things un­der con­trol.

“I was try­ing to fin­ish the tackle. I get tack­led all the time,” Dungey said. “Some guy’s stand­ing over me talk­ing smack. I just tried to get him off of me. One thing led to another.”

Pa­trick Towles went 4 of 14 for 45 yards for Boston Col­lege (3-4, 0-4) but did run 75 yards for a touch­down. He was taken out of the game early in the fourth quar­ter and ap­peared to be fa­vor­ing his right leg with a ham­string in­jury.

“We were bet­ter to­day,” BC coach Steve Ad­dazio said. “The con­sis­tency in our throw game was just not there.”

Back-up Dar­ius Wade drove the Ea­gles deep into Syra­cuse ter­ri­tory, but was sacked and then threw in­com­plete on fourth-and-14 with just un­der 2 min­utes left.

The Orange went 86 yards for a score to make it 21-10 af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion by line­backer Par­ris Ben­nett in­side their own 5.

Re­ceiver Steve Ish­mael made an 11-yard TD catch along the side of the end zone, mak­ing a leap­ing grab and get­ting one foot to touch be­fore he was knocked out of bounds.

One play later, Towles broke around left end and went down the side­line for his score on the fi­nal play of the third quar­ter. Mike Knoll’s sec­ond field goal — a 39-yarder — cut it to 21-20.

Dungey’s third TD toss — a 68-yarder to Amba Et­taTawo — made it 28-20.

Boston Col­lege’s Myles Wil­lis had an 89-yard kick­off re­turn for a TD.


SYRA­CUSE: The Orange didn’t play smooth of­fen­sively, col­lect­ing a hand­ful of false start penal­ties and turn­ing the ball over three times, but they go into a bye week with a pair of key vic­to­ries.

BOSTON COL­LEGE: The Ea­gles can’t make key plays when the game’s close. They were driv­ing for a pos­si­ble go-ahead score late in the third when wide-open re­ceiver Michael Walker bob­bled a pass - with the ball fly­ing into the air and into the hands of line­backer Ben­nett.


Boston Col­lege de­fen­sive back John Johnson, left, re­acts as the ref­eree sig­nals a touch­down on a catch by Syra­cuse wide re­ceiver Steve Ish­mael dur­ing the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s game in Boston.

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