17 September, 2017
Syracuse is coming off a disappointing seven-point home loss to Middle Tennessee despite another huge game from Steve Ishmael.
Syracuse scored 31 straight points after falling behind 17-10 in the second quarter, storming back for a 41-17 win over Central Michigan.
"As a team and as a football family, we weren't happy with what we put on the field last week", SU head coach Dino Babers said.
Syracuse officially registered two interceptions against Central Michigan, but could have easily had five as a few other plays came close to registering as INT's. "This is a big difference from past year, but we have to stay together". The Orange rank 25th in the nation in passing yards per game, while the Chippewas are 13th in the country and proved last week that they can win on the road against a power conference team.
The SU defense forced three turnovers, returning an interception for a touchdown. "I'm just very proud of all those guys and thought they really competed in a smart way today, unlike last week".
With the game tied at 17, Dontae Strickland bolted in from nine yards out to give SU a 24-17 lead at halftime.
Morris led a 11-play, 91-yard drive to start off the second quarter, which ended in Jonathan Ward's 17-yard touchdown reception.
"We've been here before", defensive end Joe Ostman said.
"I think Eric Dungey is a great quarterback for that offense because of his ability to move his legs; we saw that late in the game", Bonamego said.
Only 44 seconds later, quarterback Shane Morris found Cameron Cole for a 56-yard receiving touchdown, taking the first lead of the game in Cole's first career catch and touchdown.
Electrifying Orange sophomore Sean Riley also played a major role, consistently making plays as a receiver and kick returner.