Syracuse and Boston College met in the Carrier Dome in a back and forth battle between two old rivals. Syracuse scored 21 unanswered points in the first half to take a seven point lead into halftime. The Eagles took a lead midway through the third quarter, but that was just the beginning.
Trailing by one with a little over three minutes remaining, Terrel Hunt threw what looked to be an interception that ended Syracuse's season. But the Orange defense stepped up and held Boston College to a field goal while preserving just enough time on the clock.
Syracuse got the ball back, down four, with 2:08 left in their season. What ensured was a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a Terrel Hunt throwback pass to Josh Parris who ran into the end zone to make Syracuse bowl eligible.
Offensive Player of the Game:
Terrel Hunt had his best game of the season not only statically, but with his command of the offense. He finished 29-43 passing for 270-yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 90-yards and another score.
Defensive Player(s) of the Game:
Micah Robinson got into the backfield routinely and was strong against the run. He finished with four tackles, two for loss.
What We Learned:
Syracuse responded when it mattered the most, and the resiliency we saw this group show throughout the season came through with the season on the line. The pure joy and jubilation that the Syracuse sideline showed when Parris ran into the end zone was summed everything up perfectly.
Terrel Hunt has really improved since taking over as the starting quarterback, showing much better command of the offense. He is anticipating throws now instead of waiting for huge windows. It's a testament to his work ethic off the field.
The defense shut down Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Williams, but let Chase Rettig burn them over and over again. That was a bit surprising. Still, the Orange identified the main weapon and took him out of the game.
Impact on the Season:
Syracuse is bowl eligible after one of the better finishes in Carrier Dome history. The Orange would later be selected to play in the Texas Bowl against Big Ten opponent Minnesota who won eight games during the regular season.
Regardless of the outcome of the bowl game, it meant the season was a success. A new quarterback, mostly new coaching staff, and losing several other talented players to the NFL, yet Syracuse was able to keep things going in the right direction to establish themselves a program on the rise.