It wasn’t a pretty one, but the Syracuse Orange were able to survive a scare from the Central Michigan Chippewas in an overtime battle. Unlike the past two weeks against Rhode Island and Wake Forest, the Orange struggled in this game on both sides of the football. Nevertheless, the Orange remained undefeated thanks to a short touchdown run by Jordan Fredericks in overtime.
While Syracuse did win, which is always a good thing, there weren’t many things that went well in this game. Eric Dungey started out the game playing extremely well, but a late hit from Central Michigan’s Mitch Stanitzek knocked Dungey out of the game. This led to the Orange rotating between Austin Wilson and Zack “The Officer” Mahoney.
The Orange ran the football 30 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. The combination of Jordan Fredericks and Devante McFarlane was terrific once again. On top of this, the Orange also saw excellent production from true freshman like Dontae Strickland and Qaadir Sheppard. Pass rushers Ron Thompson and Luke Arciniega also had good games for ‘Cuse. Special teams was a strong point and given the amount of first downs and yardage the Orange gave up, they only gave up 27 points, which proves their defense bent, but it didn't proverbially break. Their run defense saw 40 runs and gave up just 90 yards. The run defense continues to be a strongpoint for the Orange.
It’s really hard to win a football game when you give up 520 yards. Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush threw the football 51 times and completed 37 passes. He also threw for 430 yards. The Chippewas had 30 first downs, compared to 11 for the Orange. The Chippewas also had the football for just over 39 minutes. The Orange also had six penalties, one of which was on a punt return where Brisly Estime returned a football inside Central Michigan’s redzone.
Winning today came at a cost for the Orange. Freshman phenom Eric Dungey left the game with what was reported as an upper body injury. Since Terrel Hunt’s injury against Rhode Island, Dungey has truly been sensational. However, it’s going to be a really tough break for the Orange if they don’t get their quarterback back for next week’s matchup against LSU. On top of Dungey’s injury, Ron Thompson, Rob Trudo, and Steve Ishmael all seemed to be banged up at some point in this game. Truro and Ishmael may miss significant time, but Thompson looked to just be cramping up.