NCAAF: Syracuse eyes 4-0 start as Virginia visits in ACC matchup


Share post:

Fresh off dramatic victories their last time out, Syracuse and visiting Virginia convene Friday evening for a prime-time Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 ACC) remained unbeaten with a thrilling 32-29 triumph against Purdue last weekend. Garrett Shrader found Oronde Gadsden II for the decisive touchdown with seven seconds left, capping a 22-point fourth-quarter performance by the Orange.

Shrader and Gadsden hooked up six times for 112 yards and two scores as part of a team performance that coach Dino Baabers believes could propel his program forward.

“This is a spiritual-type game here,” Babers said. “To win a game like that, to have the scoreboard go back and forth from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, through the highs and lows. … There were turns, there were deep valleys and then there were big climbs.”

Virginia (2-1, 0-0) is coming off an exciting victory of its own — a 16-14 win over Old Dominion in which Brendan Farrell kicked the winning 26-yard field goal as time expired.

Brennan Armstrong threw for 284 yards — 118 to Keytaon Thompson — and Xavier Brown ran for 88 yards on nine carries for the Cavaliers. Brown, a freshman tailback, is averaging 7.2 yards per carry on 17 attempts this season.

“As I told him in the locker room afterwards, I’m not a discriminator of age or whatever it may be,” Virginia coach Tony Elliott said. “If you’re the best guy, you’re the best guy. And right now, he’s running with the most tenacity out of all the guys.”

The Orange have a dynamic running back of their own in Sean Tucker, who ran for 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Tucker rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the first two games this year, although he authored a quiet Week 3 performance with just 42 yards on 18 carries.

Friday will mark the sixth all-time matchup between the teams, with Virginia leading 3-2. The last meeting, in 2015, was a triple-overtime thriller in which the Cavaliers emerged with a 44-38 home victory.

–Field Level Media


Related articles

NCAAF: Michigan tops CFP rankings; undefeated Florida State out

Texas and Alabama earned the final two spots into the College Football Playoff rankings on Sunday as the...

NCAAF: Houston tabs Tulane’s Willie Fritz as new coach

Houston hired Tulane's Willie Fritz on Sunday to become the school's 16th head football coach. Fritz, 63, captured his...

NCAAF: Michigan ascends to No. 1 in AP poll; Georgia plummets to No. 6

Michigan moved to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 1997,...

NFL: Chargers WR Keenan Allen (thigh) active vs. Patriots

Los Angeles Chargers star wide receiver Keenan Allen is active for Sunday's road game against the New England...


Get the most important breaking news and analyses for Free.

Thank you for subscribing

Something went wrong.