Syracuse

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Sports -

Ish­mael had 105 catches for 1,347 yards, both school records, and Erv Philips caught 89 passes for 904 yards, many on crit­i­cal third downs.

De­fen­sively, the Orange lose stand­out lineback­ers Zaire Franklin and Par­ris Ben­nett, who com­bined for 200 tack­les and 31 sacks this fall. The lack of depth on that side of the ball proved telling in the long run.

When Syracuse up­set de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Clem­son in mid-Oc­to­ber, the Orange were with- out four play­ers — in­clud­ing stand­out safety Ant­wan Cordy— who started on de­fense in the sea­son opener.

“In­juries are part of the game, and ev­ery­one has them,” Babers said. “We have to con­tinue to work on the peo­ple who aren’t in the game be­cause some day they will be. Youhave to con­tinue to coach that un- der­belly.”

De­spite Dungey’s sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions, Syracuse had an­other glar­ing hole in its re­sume— the Orange were 0-5 on the road. That the first four set­backs — to LSU , North Carolina State , Mi­ami and Florida State — were by sin­gle dig­its lends a note of op­ti­mism go­ing for­ward.

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