The Syracuse Orange are your Camping World Cup champions from the year 2018!
Despite a sloppy game, SU still turned in the second half, defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers with a score of 34-18. It means ten victories in the season – a feat that the Orange has not done since 2001. When you talk about things that have not happened since 2001, it also means that Syracuse is in the top 25 to end the season.
The Orange led 14:12 at halftime after Oklahoma raved Abdul Adams. 18: 17 after three. But Eric Dungey was in the thick of throwing football in the fourth quarter and, in conjunction with a timely intercept from Allen Stritzinger, was enough to help SU deregister when counting.
In his last college game, Dungey finished 21
The two intended climaxes were a 44-yarder in the first quarter to Jamal Custis and a great touchdown grip from Trishton Jackson. The very first piece we'll all remember is probably the wandering, 42-foot reception for Moe Neal.
Custis led the orange with five catches for 80 and Taj Harris for four 55 yards (all in the first half). Jackson, the Michigan transfer service who had just won like Adams, had three catches for 27 yards plus the previously mentioned score and Hackett had three draws for 42. Nykeim Johnson had two catches for 10 yards, while Neal, Sean Riley and Sharod Johnson all had a reception for double-digit yards. Chris Elmore also got a six-meter pass.
The running game, which improved throughout the year, was not particularly effective as it gained only 114 meters in 40 transfers. Neal led with 42 yards, followed by Dontae Strickland (28 yards), Dungey (22), Adams (19) and Jarveon Howard (4 yards and a score).
Andre Cisco and Evan Foster defensively led the team in duels with seven pieces. Kendall Coleman had three of the five sacks of orange while Ryan Guthrie and Tyrell Richards were collecting the other two. Guthrie added yet another attack, as did Chris Slayton, Shyheim Cullen, Christopher Fredrick and Kenneth Ruff.
We have already mentioned the penalties, and there were certainly many of them: 11 for 90 yards alone on Syracuse. Otherwise, this game seemed to resemble some of Orange's stronger wins in the second half.
SU hit punches with West Virginia early, 7-3 and then half-14-12. The deficit of 18-17 was short-lived before Jackson picked up the touchdown early in the fourth quarter to bring it to 24-18. Then the Stritzinger throw with the deflecting ball created the second goal of Andre Szmyt of the day to increase the lead to nine points. Another orange touchdown just three minutes later effectively brought the game out of reach.
The WVU pushed deep into the SU territory with the fourth attack, but the defense once again made a decisive stop to force sales at Downs (there were two the night). From there, the SU ran off the clock and stormed methodically into the field. They returned late to the climbers, but nothing came of it.
Damn, that was exhausting, but damned fun: something we can say about the majority of this season. Dino Babers led this team to a 10-win season that seemed utterly implausible a few months ago for this program. It's great to see that these seniors get it after three (and for a few, four) years of fighting.
Congratulations, Orange fans. More recipes. That was great.