No. 20 Syra­cuse beats BC

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Jimmy Golen

BOS­TON — 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. 20 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 sin­gle­sea­son 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 Orange fin­ished with nine wins for the first time since 2001 and were sec­ond only to Clem­son the en­tire ACC.

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 Col­lege] 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.” in NC State wins in OT: NC State kept giv­ing the ball to Reg­gie Gal­laspy II, and he kept car­ry­ing it into the end zone. It added up to a his­toric day for the se­nior — and yet an­other vic­tory over the Wolf­pack's fiercest ri­val.

Gal­laspy ran 1 yard in over­time for a touch­down, his school-record-ty­ing fifth TD, and North Carolina State beat North Carolina 34-28 in a ri­valry game marred by a fight in the end zone af­ter it ended.

N.C. State has won three straight and four of five against the Tar Heels.

“Just hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity just to say you tram­pled these guys since you've been here, it's just very ex­cit­ing,” Gal­laspy said.

Gal­laspy rushed for a ca­reer-high 129 yards and scored on runs of 1, 4 and 34 yards be­fore scor­ing the ty­ing TD from 5 yards out in reg­u­la­tion. Ryan Fin­ley was 16 of 28 for 200 yards for the Wolf­pack (8-3, 5-3), who have won two straight.

“I've al­ways said your at­ti­tude comes from your run game, and you can throw to score but you run to win,” NC State coach Dave Do­eren said. “It's a DNA thing with your foot­ball team.”

Fresh­man Cade Fortin, whose only snap since Oct. 13 was a last-sec­ond heave two weeks ago against Duke, put North Carolina up 28-21 with a 1-yard touch­down run with 9:29 left. He fin­ished 19 of 40 for 276 yards with a 37-yard touch­down pass to Beau Cor­rales, Javonte Wil­liams had an 8-yard TD run and Free­man Jones kicked two field goals for the Tar Heels (2-9, 1-7).


Syra­cuse’s Taj Har­ris hauls in a touch­down catch dur­ing the Orange’s win over Bos­ton Col­lege at Alumni Sta­dium Satur­day.

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