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Orange Shocker Over BC Makes ‘Cuse Bowl-Eligible

The Syracuse Orange, led by Quarterback Terrell Hunt, shocked Boston College on Saturday evening with a touchdown pass with just 6-seconds left in the game, to win their ‘bowl eligible’ 6th game of the season.  Syracuse scored with just 6-seconds left to come from behind to beat the BC Eagles 34-31, ending the regular season, their first in the ACC, at 6-6.

The victory, while it isn’t guaranteed, makes it likely that Syracuse will go to a bowl game for the third time in four years.

Deputy Athletic Director Herm Frazier told the Syracuse Post Standard that he’s confident.

“With us winning, that means there are 11 ACC schools that are bowl-eligible. We firmly believe that all of our schools will be placed in some type of bowl,” Frazier told the Post Standard.

Last year at Yankee Stadium, in their final Big East game, Syracuse exploded with 23-points in the 3rd quarter to win the Pinstripe Bowl, 38-14 over West Virginia.

Syracuse Pinstripe Bowl
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Doug Marrone of the Syracuse Orange is doused with Gatorade after victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

While another trip to the Pinstripe Bowl seems unlikely based on rumors of Notre Dame being invited, here are some of the other possibilities, according to the Syracuse newspaper.

  • Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in Tampa (Fla.)
  • Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit
  • *Heart of Dallas Bowl in Dallas
  • Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
  • Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md.
  • Music City Bowl in Nashville
  • Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
CBS Sports is predicting that Syracuse will play Rice in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day

6-Minutes Worthy of A Recap – As the Season Seemed to be Over

At 5:03 left in the game and the Orange trailing by 4, Syracuse elected to kick a Ryan Norton 44-yard field goal on 4th and 9.  Trailing by one, ‘Cuse would need a ‘season-saving’ defensive stand and then a field goal to take the lead.  Everything was falling in place as the Orange defense forced the 3-and-out and went back on offense following the punt.

That’s when the season seemed to be over.

Terrell Hunt threw a devastating interception at 2:49 and BC drove the ball down inside the Syracuse five-yard line.  It looked like the Syracuse season was coming to an end.

Here’s where things became interesting.  If Boston College scored a touchdown, the Orange would be down by eight and would need a TD and two-point conversion to send the game into overtime.  If BC kicked a field goal, the home team would be down by four and would need a touchdown to take the lead.  To make things even more interesting, Syracuse used their three time-outs during the BC drive, allowing less than 40-seconds to come off the clock.

The Eagles elected to kick a Nate Freese 21-yard field goal to take the lead 31-27 with 2:08 remaining.  Syracuse would need a touchdown with their season and ‘bowl game hopes’ on the line.  The next 128-seconds would serve as inspiration of ‘You Had to be There’ banter for years to come.

QB Terrell Hunt, who played his best game-ever in an Orange uniform, marched the ball down the field in a hurry-up offense to the BC 8-yard line with just 12-seconds left.  Hunt then hit Josh Paris in the end-zone for an 8-yard touchdown pass and with the point-after, Syracuse was up by 3.

Final score:  Syracuse 34 Boston College 31

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