Syracuse football played its ‘most complete game’ in rout of Wagner

Eric Dungey looks downfield against Wagner. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

After shattering the Syracuse single game quarterback rushing record with 200 yards against Western Michigan, senior Eric Dungey continued stamping his name in school record books in a 62-10 win over Wagner on Saturday.

Against the Seahawks, Dungey completed 23 of 32 passes for five touchdowns. The five touchdowns tied Ryan Nassib and Zack Mahoney for the most single game passing touchdowns in school history.

“The only thing I really care about is […] we got a win,” Dungey said. “We’re winning, that’s all I care about.”

Fortune favored Dungey early, as a deflected pass found its way into wide receiver Sean Riley’s hands for the game’s first touchdown. By the end of the first half, Dungey had thrown four scores.

Though many expected head coach Dino Babers to give backup quarterback Tommy DeVito playing time with the Orange up 45-7 coming out of intermission, Dungey took the field and did not leave it until he had thrown his fifth touchdown midway through the third quarter.

“We were still working on the throwing game,” Babers said. “We just felt like we needed to get one or two more series with him in there operating.”

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All five of Dungey’s touchdowns went to different receivers. Against Western Michigan he completed just seven passes to three different receivers.

That led to offensive diversity being a focus of last week’s practices.

“The biggest difference was the way they went about practice this week,” Babers said. “I think there was an emphasis on the area.”

The offense also got some help from Syracuse’s other units. The defense stifled Wagner all game long and provided the offense with six drives that began in Wagner territory. Three of those drives turned into touchdown passes for Dungey.

Particularly noteworthy was that freshman safety Andre Cisco had two interceptions within Wagner’s 30 yard line in the first six minutes. The special teams unit also contributed two blocked punts and some long punt returns by Antwan Cordy and Sean Riley.

“This is probably our most complete game that we’ve played here – from an offense, defense and special teams point of view,” Babers said. “We were rocking and rolling.”

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