Scott Shafer

December 26, 2013 - 8:42pm
With the game less than 24 hours away, the Orange are ready to show off the game plan they've been working on for the last three weeks.

HOUSTON - One day before his team takes on Minnesota in the Texas Bowl, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said the game is a great opportunity and achievement for the program.

“At the beginning of the season we had a lot of work to do,” Shafer said. “Just to be playing a game after Christmas is great. It makes me proud.”

And the players, including senior defensive tackle Jay Bromley are ready to get on the field after three weeks of preparation.

“We’re ready to get out there and show what we do,” he said.

December 8, 2013 - 8:55pm
After winning the Pinstripe Bowl last year, the Orange will play in a bowl game for the second straight bowl year and third in the last four years.

For the third time in his five years at SU, Scott Shafer is going bowling. But this time, he wil lead the Orange as head coach.

"It is great to see an ACC-Big Ten matchup in a terrific bowl game," Shafer said in a statement. "I couldn't be happier for our senior class."

December 1, 2013 - 12:41am
The Orange won 34-31 in a back-and-forth game that ended with last second-touchdown from quarterback Terrel Hunt.

Syracuse will remember the 2013 football season as one riddled with missed opportunities, close losses and blowout ones, too.

But it will also be remembered for the final 34-31 come-from-behind victory over Boston College Saturday at the Carrier Dome, catapulting the Orange into bowl-eligibility.

November 9, 2013 - 8:18pm
The Orange defense did not give up a touchdown for the second straight week in hard-fought 20-3 victory.

On its first possession Saturday against Maryland, Syracuse marched down the field, burning nearly eight minutes off the clock. Running back Jerome Smith capped off the 16-play, 80-yard drive by plowing into the end zone for the game’s first score.

November 2, 2013 - 7:47pm
Though neither team scored in the first half, the Orange capitalized on some Wake Forest turnovers to win 13-0.

It was a tale of two halves for Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC), as the offense did nothing in the first half but put together two touchdown drives in the third quarter for the 13-0 victory over Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4 ACC).

“We had a lot of time to think during the bye week after getting our rumps kicked,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “I was really proud of out kids. They went to work after that tough loss. They’ve become tighter when we’ve had tough situations.”

October 5, 2013 - 9:44pm
Syracuse could not contain the potent offense of No. 3 Clemson. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins torched the Orange in a 49-14 thrashing Saturday afternoon.

Syracuse football’s introduction into the Atlantic Coast Conference didn’t go as planned on Saturday as No. 3 Clemson beat the Syracuse 49-14.

“We got beat by a doggone good football team today,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “There’s a reason why they are top three in the country.”

September 25, 2013 - 9:05pm
ESPNU's "All-Access" visited Syracuse last week while the team prepared for a game. The program aired twice on Sept. 25.

Syracuse football is in the middle of a new era as first year head coach Scott Shafer guides the program in a new direction this season. ESPNU conducted filming an inside look on how Syracuse was preparing for it's game against Tulane on Sept. 21. 

September 21, 2013 - 5:18pm
Quarterback Terrel Hunt was responsible for five touchdowns and the special teams forced four turnovers as the Orange dominated in a 52-17 victory over the Green Wave.

The Syracuse Orange became the 15th FBS program to win 700 games Saturday, beating Tulane 52-17. Terrel Hunt led the offense in his first career start, completing 16 of 21 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns and running in another score.

“I thought Terrel played really well,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “If he stays in rhythm he’s pretty good.”

Hunt was especially on point in the first half, going 14-for-17 passing.

September 14, 2013 - 8:58pm
Terrel Hunt took over for Drew Allen early in SU's 54-0 victory over Wagner and immediately breathed life into a hapless Syracuse offense.

Three possessions, no first downs. The Syracuse offense started its home-opener much like it has all season: without much momentum or rhythm. But with the substitution of Terrel Hunt at the quarterback position, that all changed. Hunt’s first five possessions all resulted in touchdowns, as Syracuse routed Wagner 54-0 in Scott Shafer’s first career victory.

Syracuse finished with 597 yards, while only allowing 87, in a dominant win that was never truly in question.

August 31, 2013 - 8:13pm
The Orange failed to capitalize on opportunities, eventually falling to Penn State in MetLife Stadium.

Drew Allen’s career at Syracuse got off to an inauspicious start on Saturday at MetLife Stadium when the first snap from scrimmage for the Orange was botched for a 3-yard loss.

Things didn’t get much better for Syracuse, either, as Allen completed just 16 of 37 passes in a 23-17 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) in the second New York’s College Classic.