In a game where both teams struggled to reach 200 yards of total offense, Syracuse was able to squeek out a 20-17 victory over Boston College on senior day in Scott Shafer's final game as head coach. Cole Murphy drilled a 35 yard field goal as time expired to give the Orange the win.
This one was ugly. There were turnovers, penalties and poor offensive execution. But in the end, the Orange send Shafer out on a positive note as they finish the season 4-8, bringing his career record to 14-23.
Baldwinsville native Tyler Rouse ran for over 100 yards and a pair of scores against his hometown team. But quarterback Jeff Smith completed just one pass all afternoon and threw two interceptions as the Eagles never got going offensively.
Mahoney turned it over in the first quarter on a bad decision to pitch on an option play late, and the Eagles recovered deep in Syracuse territory. A few plays later, Rouse ran it in to give the Eagles an early lead. Syracuse answered in the second quarter with a penalty aided drive that ended on a Philips touchdown grab.
Syracuse took a 10-7 lead into halftime and came out with a touchdown drive to extend their advantage. But in just two plays, Boston College responded to trim the deficit back to three. Neither offense managed much from there, but the Eagles tied the game on a field goal with less than three minutes remianing.
Mahoney was able to orchestrate a game winning drive that ended with the Murphy field goal. Jordan Fredericks had big runs of 10 and 7 to set up the winning points.
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