What happened and what mattered in the Syracuse 40-37 double overtime win over North Carolina?
Syracuse 40, North Carolina 37 2OT
The legend of Tommy DeVito kicks in. Syracuse QB Eric Dungey wasn’t awful – he threw for 225 yards and ran for 42 yards and a score – but the offense needed a spark, and DeVito stepped in and rocked, completing 11-of-19 passes for 181 yards with three scores, but he threw a tough late pick. But he led the Orange on the late scoring drive – with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Nykeim Johnson – to send the game into overtime.
North Carolina got a field goal in the second OT, DeVito hit Ravian Pierce with a short scoring pass , and the Orange got the win they needed to have to get into a position to go bowling. With Wake Forest and Louisville on the slate, they should be able to get one more win to get to six.
Get to six wins, relax, and go big game hunting with Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium in mid-November. Or, just beat NC State next week in the Dome and get bowl eligible right away. To win that, the pass defense has to be a whole lot stronger against Ryan Finley. Against UNC, the Orange got ripped up, but again, DeVito helped pull it off.
North Carolina keeps losing tough games in tough ways. Nathan Elliott was terrific, throwing for 321 yards and two scores, and Antonio Williams ran for 116 yards, but the D – for yet another week – couldn’t come up with one big stop in regulation, and gave up two overtime touchdowns. To be trite about it, the team doesn’t know how to win.