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Bowl Eligibility on the Line Against Wolfpack

The Syracuse Orange were defeated by the Clemson Tigers by the final score of 16-6. It was a rough offensive night for the Orange, although they did play well on the defensive side of the football for the second straight game.

Now Syracuse will return home to face an N.C. State team who has yet to win an ACC game this season. Our Syracuse in 60 team previews the game here.

The Wolfpack started the season 4-0 until they entered conference play. The Wolfpack began the ACC season with a game against the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles. The Wolfpack barely lost the game, however, they have lost three straight since then.

Syracuse will continue to be without starting quarterback Terrel Hunt, who is recovering from a fractured leg. In his place is Freshman A.J. Long, who will be making his third career start on Saturday. Long has filled in nicely for Hunt, especially since Long has only played in one full game.

Last week against a good Clemson defense, Long completed less than half of his attempts for only 82 yards. Long also threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns, as the Orange were only able to muster two field goals.

Prior to Clemson, Long had three total touchdowns so it will be a big test this weekend for the young quarterback. Despite the loss of wide receiver Brisly Estime, the Orange have returned receiver Ashton Broyld. Currently, the Orange have a total of 18 players on the injury list, with 11 listed as questionable.

Notables on the list include backup quarterback Austin Wilson and defensive play maker Durell Eskridge. Eskridge is ailing an upper body injury and has been a defensive leader for the Orange ball club. Eskridge has the third most tackles on the Syracuse defense and also has an interception that was taken 29 yards for a touchdown.

The entire Orange defense has been playing well as of lately, limiting a high-powered Clemson offense to just 16 total points, while scoring twice against Wake Forest the week prior. The Orange have also sacked opposing quarterbacks over 20 times this season, six of which belong to Cameron Lynch.

The Wolfpack's offense is reliant on the play of quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has 1,796 passing yards with 16 touchdowns this season. Equally as impressive on the Wolfpack offense is running back Shadrach Thornton. Thornton has averaged six yards per carry this season to go along with seven rushing touchdowns.

The Syracuse offense will look to disrupt Brissett, who had over 200 passing yards and two touchdowns in their last game against Louisville. Brissett also carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards, marking the fourth straight game Brissett has carried the ball 10 or more times.

Tale of the Tape

4-4, 0-4
Overall Record
3-5, 1-3
Dave Doeren
Head Coach
Scott Shafer
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