Syracuse survives against Boston College despite false start penalties

Syracuse battled rain, wind and numerous penalties but came out on top versus Boston College, 28-20.

Chestnut Hill, MASS.—Despite numerous penalties and missed opportunities, Syracuse receivers took a stand to survive against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, 28-20.

Reflective of the Wake Forest game, Syracuse faced Boston College in 15 mph winds and pouring rain in Chestnut Hill. Yet scoring was not the struggle in this conference matchup, technicalities took over the game. On the first drive for Syracuse, Boston College’s William Harris intercepted Dungey’s pass and ran it back for 60 yards. Harris was pushed into the Syracuse sidelines and this is where the real fun began. Eric Dungey would knock another defender down after the play was complete, sparking up fights on the Orange sideline. No ejections called on the brawl but it would set the sour tone for the remainder of the game.

The Orange were charged for 16 penalties for a total loss of 135 yards. Of those 16 penalties were nine false starts against the offense. Where the offense lost in penalties, receivers redeemed themselves.

 “We had mistakes, we weren’t perfect but we’re human,” head coach Dino Babers said about the penalties against his offense.

Eric Dungey's strong connection with his receivers aided the win against the Eagles. Steve Ismael joined the 100 receiving yards club for the game with eight completions for 108 yards adding a touchdown in the mix.

The second man who joined this club for the game is none other than Amba Etta-Tawo. Etta-Tawo had 144 total receiving yards in the game making it the sixth 100-yard game of the season for the wide receiver. Etta-Tawo recorded a touchdown in the win as well. Dungey connected with Etta-Tawo for a 68-yard touchdown pass to give the Orange an eight-point lead and the win against the Eagles. 

"He made a great catch and I got hold of his arm like all season,” said Dungey about Etta-Tawo’s 68-yard touchdown run. “He did a great job and he knows how to use that speed.”

In the victory, Etta-Tawo put his mark again in the Syracuse record books. Etta-Tawo is the fourth Syracuse player in program history to mark 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He had 1,074 yards by the end of the game with four more to go. Etta-Tawo joins the likes of Marvin Harrison (1,131), Alec Lemon (1,070) and Rob Moore (1,064).

Syracuse defense forced Boston College to stay at 20 points to make up for the penalties against Orange offense. Parris Bennett led the defensive boards with 11 tackles and one interception on the road. In the first half, Syracuse held Boston College to just two passing completions for a total of a mere 11 yards. In the game, Boston College had 64 passing yards compared to Syracuse’s 434 yards.

Syracuse is now just two games away from bowl eligibility. The Orange look for win number five when they travel down to Death Valley to face Clemson, after a bye week, on November 5th.

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