By Trey McCurry.
On Friday we learned that Syracuse will join the Atlantic Division for football when they join the ACC. TheClemsonInsider.com takes a look at the new ACC member and their football history.
Quick Facts on the Syracuse Football Program
Location: Syracuse, NY
First season: 1889
Program Record: 686-485-49 (.582)
Conferences: 1889 – 1990 (Independent); 1991 – Present (Big East)
Championships: Big East – 4 (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
National – 1959
Stadium: Carrier Dome (built in 1980; capacity: 49,250)
Coach: Doug Marrone (17-20 in three seasons)
1952 Orange Alabama L, 6-61
1956 Cotton TCU L, 27-28
1958 Orange Oklahoma L, 6-21
1959 Cotton Texas W, 23-14
1961 Liberty Miami (FL) W, 15-14
1964 Sugar LSU L, 10-13
1966 Gator Tennessee L, 12-18
1979 Independence McNeese State W, 31-7
1985 Cherry Maryland L, 18-35
1987 Sugar Auburn T, 16-16
1988 Hall Of Fame LSU W, 23-10
1989 Peach Georgia W, 19-18
1990 Aloha Arizona W, 28-0
1991 Hall Of Fame Ohio State W, 24-17
1992 Fiesta Colorado W, 26-22
1995 Gator Clemson W, 41-0
1996 Liberty Houston W, 30-17
1997 Fiesta Kansas State L, 18-35
1998 Orange Florida L, 10-31
1999 Music City Kentucky W, 20-13
2001 Insight.com Kansas State W, 26-3
2004 Champs Sports Georgia Tech L, 14-51
2010 Pinstripe Kansas State W, 36-34
Records Against Future ACC Opponents
Team Record Last Meeting First Meeting
Boston College 28-18 2010, BC won 16-7 1924
Clemson 1-0 1996, SU won 41-0 1996
Duke 0-2 1939, Duke won 33-6 1938
Florida State 1-5 2005, FSU won 38-14 1966
Georgia Tech 0-2 2004, GT won 51-14 2001
Maryland 18-14-2 1994, SU won 21-16 1920
Miami (FL) 7-15 2003, MIA won 17-10 1960
NC State 0-6 1998, NCS won 38-17 1972
North Carolina 2-2 2003, SU won 49-47 (3OT) 1995
Pittsburgh 30-34-3 2011, PITT won 33-20 1916
Virginia 2-2 2005, UVA won 27-24 1975
Virginia Tech 9-8 2003, VT won 51-7 1964
Wake Forest 1-1 2011, SU won 36-29 (OT) 2006
Syracuse and Penn State have met 69 times. The teams met every season but one (1943) from 1922 until 1990. Penn State leads the all-time series 41-23-5.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh have met 67 times. The rivalry dates back to 1916 and has been played yearly since 1955. It is the second most played football rivalry for Syracuse and tied for third most for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 34-30-3.
Syracuse and Rutgers have met 42 times. The rivalry dates back to 1914 and has been played yearly since 1980. It has sometimes been billed as the “Battle of New York.” Syracuse leads the all-time series 30-11-1.
Syracuse and West Virginia have met 59 times. The rivalry dates back to 1945 and has been played yearly since 1955. The two teams have played for the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy, a former West Virginia player and Syracuse head coach, since 1993. Syracuse leads the all-time series 32-27.
Jim Brown, who played at Syracuse from 1954-56, is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He led the Orange to a Cotton Bowl berth in 1956. In his career at Syracuse, he had 361 carries from 2,091 yards and 24 touchdowns. After college, he would go on to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and led the league in rushing eight times in nine years.
Ernie Davis, who played at Syracuse from 1959-61, is a legend for the Orange. He was a starter on the 1959 National Championship team and later won the 1961 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first African-American to win the award. In his career at Syracuse, he had 360 carries for 2,386 yards and 28 touchdowns. He passed away from leukemia in 1963 and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The field at the Carrier Dome is named in his honor.
Dwight Freeney, who played at Syracuse from 1998-01, is considered one of the school’s premier defensive players. Freeney was a two-year starter for the Orange and a consensus first-team All-American in 2001, when he set the school record with 17.5 sacks. His 34 career sacks rank first in school history and Freeney once had a string of 17 straight games with at least one sack. Freeney just recently wrapped up his 10th season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
Marvin Harrison, who played at Syracuse from 1991-95, may be the best wide receiver in Orange history. Harrison, a three-year starter, was also named the 1995 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year. Harrison had 135 receptions for a school-record 2,718 yards in his career and also ranks second in school history with 20 touchdown receptions. After being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996, Harrison spent his entire 13-year NFL with the team and is considered one of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history.
Donovan McNabb, who played at Syracuse from 1995-98, is the most prolific passer in Orange history. McNabb, who started every game of his career, is the school leader in total yards per game, passing efficiency, yards per attempt, touchdown passes, touchdowns responsible, passing yards, total offensive yards, and total offensive plays. McNabb also is still in the top-five in Big East history in five of the categories. In his career, McNabb was 548-of-938 for 8,389 yards and 77 touchdowns while having 465 carries for 1,561 yards and 19 touchdowns. For his accomplishments, he was named the Big East Player of the Decade for the 1990s. Following college, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft.