Meet the New Atlantic Division Foe

Meet the New Atlantic Division Foe


Meet the New Atlantic Division Foe


By Trey McCurry.

On Friday we learned that Syracuse will join the Atlantic Division for football when they join the ACC. takes a look at the new ACC member and their football history.









Quick Facts on the Syracuse Football Program

Location:              Syracuse, NY

Nickname:            Orange


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)


Bowls      13-9-1

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            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


Top Rivalries:

Penn State

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.


West Virginia

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.


Past Stars:

Jim Brown

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

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

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

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

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.






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