Syracuse football’s woes continue as Boston College piles on

Syracuse coach Dino Babers
Syracuse coach Dino Babers looks on from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

For the first third of Saturday’s game at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse and Boston College were competitive. In the second third of the game, the Eagles ripped off 34 straight points, blowing open the game en route to a 58-27 victory over the Orange. 27 of those points by BC (5-4, 3-3 ACC) came in the last seven-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter, sending SU (3-6, 0-5) to their fourth straight loss, all coming in conference play.

That Eagles scoring outburst was powered by three long touchdowns, each covering more than 50 yards. Syracuse simply could not slow down the guests, as Boston College rolled up 496 rushing yards in the game, the most the Orange have ever given up in a contest, and 691 yards overall, the fourth-highest mark by an SU opponent.

The Eagles posted a field goal on their opening drive, but Syracuse responded with a touchdown drive. The Orange rolled up 84 yards in six plays, breaking into the end zone when Tommy DeVito and Aaron Hackett connected on a nine-yard touchdown pass. Ander Szmyt’s extra point gave the hosts a 7-3 lead under seven minutes into the game.

BC went in front, scoring a touchdown on their next drive, but SU ended their next drive when Andre Cisco caused a fumble that Evan Foster recovered. The Syracuse offense struggled to move the ball, but Szmyt connected on a 47-yard field goal to knot the score at 10-10.

The Orange forced their second turnover in as many plays when the Eagle offense returned to the field, this time when Trill Williams forced a fumble and Kenneth Ruff recovered. Three plays later, SU was in the end zone when DeVito his Trishton Jackson on the left side of the end zone for a 26-yard score. Szmyt tacked on the extra point for a 17-10 lead with 29 seconds left in the first.

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The Eagles got the touchdown right back, scoring on the first play of the second quarter to tie the score, but Syracuse converted the ensuing possession into points, settling for a 30-yard field goal from Szmyt with 9:30 to play before half.

Two minutes later, the roof began to fall in on the Orange.

Boston College scored touchdowns on their next three possessions, covering 50, 51, and 74 yards on each scoring play. The flurry left SU bewildered and in a 37-20 hole with less than four minutes until halftime.

DeVito fumbled trying to stretch out with the ball on the next Syracuse drive and the Eagles recovered. BC then ground out the yards until adding another touchdown with 26 seconds on the clock, giving them a 44-20 lead.

The Eagles added another touchdown just over six minutes into the third, stretching their lead to 51-20. Two drives later, the Orange got the score back when DeVito hit Jackson with a bomb. After the catch, Jackson raced the last 35 yards to the end zone, making it an 85-yard touchdown pass. Szmyt converted the kick to make it 51-27 with under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Boston College added a touchdown early in the fourth to close out the scoring on the day.

Tommy DeVito was sharp for SU, connecting on 25-of-36 attempts for 289 yards and three scores while adding 61 yards on 16 carries on the ground. Trishton Jackson paced the Orange with eight receptions for 148 yards and a pair of scores.

Lakiem Williams was a monster on defense, piling up 15 tackles. Andre Cisco and Trill Williams each forced a fumble while Evan Foster and Kenneth Ruff each had a fumble recovery.

The Orange will be off for two weeks, returning to action on Saturday, November 16 at Duke. Time and television coverage are yet to be set for the game.

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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by He currently resides in Syracuse.