Syracuse 54, Louisville 23
What Happened: Syracuse scored at will, taking a 37-7 halftime lead helped by Moe Neal touchdown runs from 67 and two yards out. Eric Dungey ran for two scores and found Nykeim Johnson for a 65-yard touchdowns. Up 44-7 late in the third, the Orange took their foot off the gas a bit – the Cardinals got two late scores.
What Mattered: In his final home game, Dungey completed 14of-27 passes for 192 yards and a score with pick, He ran for 62 yards and two scores, and Neal ran eight times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. The Orange finished with 326 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
– Louisville let Malik Cunnigham step in as the running option, carting the ball six times for 64 yards, but he missed on his only pass. Jawon Pass led the team with 80 rushing yards, and completed 13-of-25 passes for 195 yards and a score with a pick. Sean McCormack stepped in an completed one of five passes with a pick.
– The Cardinal offensive line was awful – it couldn’t handle the Syracuse aggressiveness or blitz. The Orange finished with ten sacks and ten tackles for loss.
What It All Means: The Orange might still be out of the ACC title chase, but at No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, they’re still deep in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl. It’ll be a lock if they win out against Notre Dame and Boston College, but at the very least, the eight-win season has been special so far under Dino Babers – now it’s time to go for something huge.
– Is that it for the Bobby Petrino era? The team isn’t getting any better, the lines weren’t even close, and it was yet another brutal blowout, giving up 54 points or more in four of the last five games. With NC State and Kentucky to finish, this isn’t going to end well.
– Clemson 27, Boston College 7
– Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13
– Virginia 45, Liberty 24
– Duke 42, North Carolina 35
– Pitt 52, Virginia Tech 22
– Georgia Tech 27, Miami 21
– Wake Forest 27, NC State 23