Syracuse Triumphs Over Boston College

 

 

 

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. (Cuse.com)-- Quarterback Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns and Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) overcame two big Boston College (3-4, 0-4 ACC) scoring plays to emerge with a rain-soaked, 28-20 victory.

Dungey finished the afternoon 32-of-38 for 434 yards and the three scores. He adeptly spread the ball around as four Syracuse receivers had 78-or-more yards receiving. Amba Etta-Towa had 10 catches for 144 yards, Steve Ishmael hauled in eight passes for 108 yards and Ervi Phillips ended up with 78 yards on seven receptions. Brisly Estime added to the passing total with five catches for 93 yards.

Dungey also led the Orange on the ground with 54 yards on 17 carries. He completed the game with 488 yards of total offense.

The Orange delivered the decisive blow in the fourth quarter. Dungey and Etta-Towa teamed up on a deep ball that resulted in a 68-yard touchdown. The long throw, a familiar play this season, featured a strong catch-and-carry for Etta-Towa. It provided Syracuse with a 28-20 lead with 9:18 left in the contest.

The Eagles had one more significant chance after a Dungy fumble gave Boston College the ball at the Syracuse 43 with 4:28 remaining. The Eagles advanced to the Syracuse 14 but the Orange defense forced Boston College to give the ball up on downs with 1:50 left on the game clock.

Syracuse had solidified its slight halftime lead after a bizarre play in the third quarter. Boston College's Patrick Towles found Michael Walker inside the SU five-yard line but the ball was bobbled and ended up in the hands of Syracuse linebacker Paris Bennett. Following the change of possession, Dungey moved the Orange 86 yards in nine plays. His lob pass was caught by Steve Ishmael in the end zone and put Syracuse ahead, 21-10. During the possesion, Ishmael went over 100 yards receiving in a game for the second time this season.

Boston College responded quickly when Towles turned a second-down keeper 75 yards for a score on the Eagles' last drive of the third period. Shortly after, Mike Knoll converted a 39-yard field goal that pulled the Eagles within one, 21-20, before the game was settled by Etta-Towa's score.

The halftime score, compared to the first-half statistics, did not compute. Syracuse held a commanding 282-109 yard advantage in total offense. The disaparity in yards from the passing game favored the Orange, 203-11. Still, Syracuse only led by four points, 14-10.

Boston College got on the board first in the contest between long-time rivals. In the midst of Syracuse's initial possession, Eric Dungey was intercepted by Boston College's William Harris who returned the theft 62 yards. Both teams were handed personal-foul penalties after the play. The Eagles took over at the Syracuse 15 but the Orange defense held and limited the hosts to a 30-yard field goal by Mike Knoll.

Erv Phillips played a key role in Syracuse's response to the deficit. He capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive by taking a pitch from Eric Dungey and running into the end zone from the three-yard line to put the Orange up, 7-3. In the second quarter, he helped finish off a nine-play, 80-yard march with a 10-yard touchdown reception from Dungey on a slant over the middle. Cole Murphy's second extra point gave Syracuse a 14-3 margin.

The Eagles answered immediately. Myles Willis returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, narrowing the gap to 14-10. The score remained the same for the rest of the second quarter.

Etta-Tawo surpassed 1,000 yards receiving on the year during the contest, the fourth time the milestone has been reached at Syracuse. Dungey posted the sixth 300-yard passing game of his season, tying the SU mark established by Ryan Nassib in 2012.

In addition to his interception, Bennett had a squad-best 11 tackles. It gave him 10-or-more tackles in four of his last five outings. Zaire Franklin and Corey Winfield each had seven stops.

The Syracuse defense held Boston College to just 64 yards passing and 287 yards in all.