NCAA Football Recap Week 7, Syracuse Orange Down Virginia Tech Hokies 31-17, Saturday, October 15, 2016

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4-2, 1st in ACC – Coastal October 15, 3:45 PM | Turf of Carrier Dome 3-4, 6th in ACC – Atlantic

When: 3:45 PM ET, Saturday, October 15, 2016
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Syracuse Orange, BOXSCORE

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Syracuse OrangeSYR 7 10 0 14 31
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Saturday, October 15th, Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Syracuse Orange.

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Syracuse OrangeSyracuse Orange +19.5 -110 +750 68 -110
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Eric Dungey threw for 311 yards to lead the Orange over Virginia Tech 31-17 on Saturday in Week 7 action at Carrier Dome.

Syracuse was an underdog by +23.0 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 65.5.

Eric Dungey completed 28 of 53 pass attempts for 311 yards for the Orange in the win.

Jerod Evans rushed for 61 yards for Virginia Tech, while Travon McMillian added 39 yards. Jerod Evans threw for 307 yards for the Hokies, while receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips had 83 and 83 yards respectively.

Virginia Tech was outgained by Syracuse 561-468 yards in Saturday’s match, while the important battle of first downs was won 32-21 by the Orange.

Virginia Tech lost the time of possession battle 33:25-26:35, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Next game, Syracuse takes its act on the road to face Boston College looking for another win. For Virginia Tech, they head home to face Miami-FL.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Virginia Tech’s vaunted “Lunch Pail Defense” took the day off Saturday as the Syracuse Orange rolled up 561 yards of offense and stunned the No. 17 Hokies 31-17 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game before 33,838 fans at the Carrier Dome.

Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey’s 1-yard plunge with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning score as Syracuse ended a 12-game losing streak against Top 25 teams.

“Any time you take over a new program, you’re trying to get everybody to buy in,” said Syracuse first-year coach Dino Babers. “Now (after this win) we have the five fingers that are a fist and we can go out and play Orange football.”

Dungey’s touchdown capped a 17-play, 75-yard drive that included the Orange’s fourth fourth-down conversion of the game — a 5-yard pass from Dungey to wide receiver Erv Phillips on fourth-and-2 from the Hokies’ 37.

Dungey led Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) to its first win over a Top 25 team since 2012 as he completed 28 of 53 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 24 times for 106 yards and one score. Dungey played most of the game with a sore right knee and missed one play in the second quarter because of the injury.

“He did a good job escaping pressure and throwing on the run,” Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem said. “We put some hits on him and he kept coming back. You’ve got to respect a guy like that.”

Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1) entered the game ranked among the national leaders in just about every key defensive category. The Hokies had outscored their last three opponents by a 132-20 margin and had outscored their two ACC opponents 83-3.

Virginia Tech first-year coach Justin Fuente dismissed the idea that it was a “trap” game between last week’s rout of then-No. 17 North Carolina and Thursday night’s matchup against No. 16 Miami.

“I knew this was a dangerous team and a dangerous venue and they could certainly cause you some problems,” Fuente said. “We obviously didn’t play as well as we should have and that falls on me.”

Running back Dontae Strickland’s 16-yard touchdown run boosted the Orange’s lead to 31-17, and Syracuse cornerback Corey Whitfield recovered a fumble by Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans with under four minutes remaining to seal the win. Syracuse outscored the Hokies 14-8 in the fourth quarter after being outscored 54-13 by FBS opponents in the final 15 minutes this season.

“I’m excited and happy but that’s what we expect — I know that’s what I expect — and at the same time we’ve got more games to play so we’ve got to get ready for the next one (at Boston College next Saturday),” Dungey said.

The Hokies fell behind two minutes into the game and didn’t catch up until early in the fourth quarter, when Evans connected with wide receiver Bucky Hodges on a 10-yard touchdown pass. He found tight end Chris Cunningham for the two-point conversion to knot the score at 17.

Trailing 17-3, Virginia Tech opened the second half by driving 83 yards in nine plays and scoring on Evans’ 12-yard pass to wide receiver Isaiah Ford in the corner of the end zone. Syracuse’s Kendall Coleman blocked kicker Joey Slye’s extra-point attempt and Rodney Williams nearly returned it for a score before being tackled deep in Virginia Tech territory.

The scored remained 17-9 as the teams traded end zone interceptions on back-to-back possessions midway through the third quarter. Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds picked off Dungey on a third-and-9 pass from the Hokies’ 29, and Orange safety Williams intercepted Evans on third-and-3 from the Syracuse 7.

Orange kicker Cole Murphy, who made a 51-yard field goal at the end of the first half, missed a 51-yarder late in the third quarter that would have extended Syracuse’s lead.

The Orange used two long passing plays and that 51-yard field goal to build a 17-3 lead at halftime. On Syracuse’s first possession, Dungey floated a pass over the middle to Phillips, who slipped past linebacker Mook Reynolds to make the catch and complete the 58-yard scoring play. Phillips had 11 receptions for 139 yards as he outplayed Virginia Tech’s star receiver Ford (eight receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown).

The Hokies answered with Slye’s 36-yard field goal, but the Orange scored on their first play of the second quarter. On second-and-5 from the Syracuse 16, Dungey pitched the ball to Strickland, who tossed it about 30 yards to wide-open receiver Brisly Estime, who snared the ball on the run and finished the 84-yard touchdown pass.

“We practiced that play on Tuesday and Wednesday and Coach had confidence in me, I had confidence in myself and my teammates had confidence in me that we could make that play,” said Strickland, who also gained 69 yards on 16 carries.

The Hokies drove deep into Orange territory late in the first half and appeared to score on Evans’ 17-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play. But right guard Augie Conte was whistled for holding, and Slye’s 45-yard field goal attempt was wide right with 1:47 left in the half.

Dungey, who was shaken up and had to leave the game on Syracuse’s previous possession, returned and drove the Orange to Hokies’ 34. With nine seconds remaining, Murphy drilled the 51-yard field goal that extended Syracuse’s lead to 17-3.

“It was really gutsy,” Babers said of Dungey’s performance. “We need him and we need him healthy.”

Virginia Tech’s defense entered the game ranked third in the county in yards allowed with an average of 237.6. But the Orange compiled 347 yards of offense (310 passing) in the first half and Syracuse’s defense limited Virginia Tech to 213.

Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said it was “hard to say” if Virginia Tech’s defenders were gassed by Syracuse’s fast-paced spread offense.

“I think were undisciplined and that’s what happens when guys feel they have to make a play and do more than what they’ve got to do,” Foster said.

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