SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The first game of his tenure at Syracuse is in the books, and Dino Babers has the Orange on the right track. Not getting derailed in Week 2 is another matter.
Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams, and the Cardinals, with versatile quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way, are certainly a big step up from FCS Colgate.
Jackson is coming off a record-setting performance in the season opener against Charlotte, a 70-14 blitz in which he only played the first half and still accounted for a stunning 405 yards and eight touchdowns.
"He reminds me of all the good ones," Babers said. "He's just a fabulous player. And he gets to touch the ball every single snap that they're on offense."
Syracuse opened the season at home with a 33-7 victory over FCS foe Colgate, a veteran team ranked in the preseason. Eric Dungey was 34-for-40 for 355 yards (all career highs) and two TD passes as the Orange completed a school-record 87 percent of its passes and accumulated 554 yards.
The home team is hopeful its 12th man will show up for this one. Only 31,336 came to the opener, about 18,000 below capacity. >> Read more...
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