football

October 28, 2012 - 2:49pm
Home-field advantages play key roles in the success of a team throughout the course of the season.

Everybody knows about home field advantage and the boost that a ravenous fan base can give their team. In some places, however, that home field advantage turns from a minor factor in a team's winning equation to something that's downright terrifying for a visiting team. 

October 20, 2012 - 1:35am
A strong running game and a stingy defense propel SU to a blowout victory over UConn.

In arguably the team’s strongest performance of the season, the Orange used a balanced offensive attack and constant defensive pressure on the opposing quarterback to blow out UConn, 40-10.

After a close first quarter, Syracuse scored 27 unanswered points and never looked back, taking firm control of the Big East affair.

October 13, 2012 - 6:32pm
Failure to take advantage of their offensive chances, Orange football falls to Rutgers 23-15 in Piscataway.

There wasn’t too much positive to take out of Saturday afternoon’s 23-15 loss to No. 20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-0). Turnovers were the killer for Syracuse Orange (2-4). Rutgers forced a total of five turnovers, three of which came at the hands of quarterback Ryan Nassib. 

The Orange played well during the first half of the game. After Rutgers took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Orange responded in the second with a three-yard touchdown run by Adonis Ameen-Moore. 

October 6, 2012 - 1:48am
Coming off a bye week, the Orange made key defensive plays to thwart a late comeback by the Panthers

Syracuse was spearheaded by a strong defensive effort including a fumble recovery turned 52-yard touchdown by sophomore Dyshawn Davis to defeat Pittsburgh 14-13 in its Big East opener.

September 23, 2012 - 12:27am
Costly turnovers, penalties bury SU's chances against the Golden Gophers as the Orange fall to 1-3 on the year.

Syracuse committed four turnovers and Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood scored two rushing touchdowns to give the Gophers a 17-10 victory Saturday night in Minneapolis.

September 17, 2012 - 2:43pm
Syracuse Orange faithful gathered hours before kickoff to grill, bounce and cheer their way to victory later in the Carrier Dome.

Fulfilling the traditions of fall weekend, thousands of Syracuse University football fans made their way Saturday to The Hill to cheer on the Orange. And sometimes what happens outside the Carrier Dome is just as exciting as what happens inside.

An announced crowd of more than 34,000 witnessed SU’s first win of the season against the Stony Brook Seawolves, following hours of music, refreshments and pre-game atmosphere that makes up  Saturdays.

September 15, 2012 - 9:27pm
Down at halftime, the SU defense shuts out the Sea Wolves in the second half to avoid a 0-3 start.

Another slow start for Syracuse (1-2) almost allowed Stony Brook (2-1) to pull off the upset. But a second half turnaround by the Orange halted any chance of a Sea Wolves comeback, and Syracuse won its first game of the year 28-17 Saturday at the Carrier Dome. 

September 8, 2012 - 11:06pm
USC's quarterback threw six TDs at MetLife Stadium as SU suffered second straight loss of the season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time the Syracuse Orange played in a major New York stadium, they dominated en route to their first bowl victory in nine years. However, in New York’s College Classic at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, it was the Orange that was dominated by a more potent USC offense.  Syracuse (0-2) fell to Southern California (2-0) 43-29.

September 1, 2012 - 7:42pm
Orange overcomes early mistakes but ultimately drops home opener, 42-41.

The Syracuse Orange completed a 22-point comeback behind a record-breaking performance from Ryan Nassib, but a late Northwestern touchdown propelled the Wildcats to a 42-41 victory.

Midway through the third quarter, the Orange found itself down 35-13. Plagued throughout the first three quarters by mental mistakes and penalties, Syracuse seemed destined for a disappointing loss. The game was far from over, though.

August 4, 2012 - 9:13pm
Heading into his fourth season, Head Coach Doug Marrone maintains that playing time will be earned throughout camp.

Syracuse University football’s media day cleared up any concerns that were left to the imagination before players and coaches reported to training camp Saturday morning.

Head coach Doug Marrone, his staff and the players stressed one point above all as the season kicked into gear with the annual media day.

“The depth chart is a starting point. After that first snap, it’s competition, and our players know that,” Marrone said....