Strickland took off down the right sideline for a 25-yard touchdown, putting the Orange ahead 17-3. They’ve played fast, aggressive, ball-hawking defense that has helped to set up their offense in good positions and allowed Dungey to capitalize with his arm as well as his legs. After the ball left his hands, defensive lineman Mitch Stanitzek leveled Dungey above the shoulders.
Of course, SU head coach Scott Shafer and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough know that.
“Cooper Rush, what a great football player, all of his numbers are incredible”, Shafer said.
Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, center, is hit by Central Michigan’s… I think that was a breakout game for him. “We would want it called the same way if it was against us”.
Central Michigan’s Jamil Sabbagh catches a pass during practice… “Down the stretch we just made too many mistakes to win”.
CMU fought back with a strong second half securing a 2-yard touchdown run from Devon Spaulding before tying the game up in the fourth on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Rush to tight end Ben McCord setting the stage for overtime. Central Michigan picked up 17 of its 30 first downs in the third and fourth quarters, compared with Syracuse, which didn’t make a first down in the second half.
Wade will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left ankle while getting tackled in the backfield Friday during a 14-0 loss to No. 9 Florida State. Watch Central Michigan Chippewas vs Syracuse Orange live stream online NCAA College Football ESPN3 TV broadcast coverage, live scores, Game Kickoff time & schedule and Radio Commentary info here.
The Orange sealed the win with a 4-yard touchdown run by Jordan Fredericks. “I was just glad to be a part of it”.
To compliment Rush’s efforts through the air, CMU established a legitimate rushing attack for the first time this season on Saturday. The 430 yards were the second-most the junior has ever thrown for, behind only the 493 he amassed last season in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. “We had to adjust to the elements”.
The exact nature of Dungey’s injury remains unclear, so it is hard to say if it could keep him out of future games. “We have a secondary that has the ability to be a good secondary even though we have some young guys playing”.
“Some of the things that Eric has done have been really good. That’s why I don’t have a lot of hair anymore”.
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3. Sophomore linebacker Zaire Franklin created one of those turnovers, intercepting the first pass of his career to halt a potential scoring drive. Against Central Michigan, Syracuse will either continue with that approach, or Shafer and Tim Lester could decide to give one running back the bulk of the carries.