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2013 Syracuse Orange football
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Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 21–17 vs. Minnesota
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division
2013 record 7–6 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Scott Shafer (1st as HC; 5th overall year)
Offensive coordinator George McDonald (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough (1st year)
Home stadium Carrier Dome
(Capacity: 49,262)
Seasons
« 2012 2014 »
2013 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
Boston College   0 0         0 0  
Clemson   0 0         0 0  
Florida State   0 0         0 0  
Maryland   0 0         0 0  
NC State   0 0         0 0  
Syracuse   0 0         0 0  
Wake Forest   0 0         0 0  
Coastal
Duke   0 0         0 0  
Georgia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Miami   0 0         0 0  
North Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Pittsburgh   0 0         0 0  
Virginia   0 0         0 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
As of December 12, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were led by first year head coach Scott Shafer and played their home games at the Carrier Dome. The season marks their first as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, after their final season in the Big East Conference in 2012. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Texas Bowl where they defeated Minnesota.

Previous seasonEdit

The Orange's 2012 season was their last as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the year with an 8–5 record, and finished as conference co-champions, with a 5–2 record in Big East play. The Orange capped off their season with a win in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl over long-time rival West Virginia.

PreseasonEdit

After the conclusion of the season, head coach Doug Marrone was mentioned by several sportswriters as a possible candidate for a head coaching job in the National Football League. On January 6, 2013, Marrone was introduced as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett departed for Buffalo as well, leaving a number of coaching positions open. On January 9, Syracuse announced the promotion of defensive coordinator Scott Shafer to head coach. Shortly thereafter, George McDonald was announced as the new offensive coordinator, and Chuck Bullough was announced as the new defensive coordinator.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

2012 Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • Tim LesterQuarterbacks
  • George McDonaldOffensive Coordinator
  • Rob Moore – Wide Receivers
  • Pat Perles – Offensive Line
  • DeAndre Smith – Running Backs

Defensive Coaches

Support Staff

  • Bob Brotzki – Assistant Athletics Director for Player Developlement
  • William Hicks – Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance
  • Kevin Van Derzee – Director of Football Operations

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ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 313:30 PMvs. Penn State*ABC/ESPN2L 17–2361,202
September 76:00 PMat No. 20 Northwestern*BTNL 27–4838,033
September 144:00 PMWagner*ESPN3W 54–033,299
September 2112:30 PMTulane*
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ACCNW 52–1736,128
October 53:30 PMNo. 4 Clemsondagger
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ABC/ESPN2L 14–4948,961
October 123:30 PMat NC StateACCRSNW 24–1056,639
October 1912:30 PMat Georgia TechACCNL 0–5645,704
November 212:30 PMWake Forest
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, NY
ACCRSNW 13–038,550
November 93:30 PMat MarylandACCRSNW 20–337,213
November 163:30 PMat No. 2 Florida StateABC/ESPN2L 3–5974,491
November 2312:30 PMPittsburgh
ACCNL 16–1735,317
November 303:30 PMBoston College
ACCRSNW 34–3137,406
December 276:00 PMvs. Minnesota*ESPNW 21–1732,327
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Game summariesEdit

Penn StateEdit

Syracuse vs. Penn State (New York's College Classic)
by Quarter1234 Total
Nittany Lions 0 6 7 10 23
Orange 0 3 7 7 17
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2009 Penn State, 28–7

Penn State Leads Series: 43–23–5

The Orange opened their season by traveling to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to renew their rivalry with the Penn State Nittany Lions. This was the 71st all-time meeting between the two schools.

Neither offense could get much going in the first half, and the score stood 6–3 in favor of Penn State at the break. The second half proved to be better for the Lions, as quarterback Christian Hackenberg lead the team to a 23–10 lead early in the 4th quarter. A Jerome Smith touchdown late in the game cut the deficit to 23–17, but the potential Orange comeback fell short when quarterback Drew Allen threw his second interception of the game late in the 4th.


NorthwesternEdit

Syracuse at Northwestern
by Quarter1234 Total
Orange 0 7 6 14 27
#20 Wildcats 10 24 0 14 48
  • Date: September 7th
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 5:01 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 38,033
  • Game weather: 79 °F; Wind: E 6mph, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom McCreesh
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2012 Northwestern, 42–41

Series Tied: 5–5

For the second consecutive season, the Orange lost to the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference.


WagnerEdit

Wagner at Syracuse
by Quarter1234 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 0 0
Orange 9 28 17 0 54

Syracuse Leads Series: 1–0

The Orange hosted Wagner in their home opener at the Carrier Dome in the first ever meeting between the two universities.

Syracuse's offense put on a dominating performance and rolled to a 54–0 win, their first of the season.


TulaneEdit

Tulane at Syracuse
by Quarter1234 Total
Green Wave 10 7 0 0 17
Orange 21 21 7 3 52
  • Date: September 21
  • Location: Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 36,128
  • Referee: Steve Barth
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2011 Syracuse, 37–34

Syracuse Leads Series: 7–1

Tulane visits the Carrier Dome for the first time since the 1999 season. This is the second meeting in three years between the two teams.


ClemsonEdit

Clemson at Syracuse
by Quarter1234 Total
#3 Tigers 21 14 7 7 49
Orange 0 7 7 0 14
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 3:36 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 48,961
  • Referee: Pat Garvey
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1996 Syracuse, 41–0

Syracuse is Tied in Series: 1–1

The Orange's first conference game as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference was a matchup against the 3rd ranked Clemson Tigers. This was the second all-time meeting between Clemson and Syracuse, with the first ending in a 41–0 victory for the Orange in the 1996 Gator Bowl.

Clemson evened the overall series with a 49–14 victory behind a career night by Tajh Boyd who went 20 for 27 for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns.[2]


NC StateEdit

Syracuse at NC State
by Quarter1234 Total
Orange 0 7 3 14 24
Wolfpack 0 7 0 3 10
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1998 NC State, 38–17

NC State Leads Series: 6–1

Syracuse traveled to Raleigh, NC for a game against the NC State Wolfpack.


Georgia TechEdit

Syracuse at Georgia Tech
by Quarter1234 Total
Orange 0 0 0 0 0
Yellow Jackets 14 14 21 7 56
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2004 Georgia Tech, 51–14

Georgia Tech Leads Series: 2–0

Syracuse looked to avenge a 51–14 drubbing at the hands of Georgia Tech in their last meeting, which was the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl.


Wake ForestEdit

Wake Forest at Syracuse
by Quarter1234 Total
Demon Deacons 0 0 0 0 0
Orange 0 0 13 0 13
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 38,550
  • Referee: Walt Davenport
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2011 Syracuse, 36–29 OT

Series Tied: 1–1

The last meeting between the two schools occurred in the 2011 season, with the Orange winning in a thrilling overtime affair.


MarylandEdit

Syracuse at Maryland
by Quarter1234 Total
Orange 7 3 3 7 20
Terrapins 0 0 3 0 3
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1994 Syracuse, 21–16

Syracuse Leads Series: 18–14–2

This was the only conference matchup between these two teams, as the Terrapins will be joining the Big Ten Conference for the 2014 season.


Florida StateEdit

Syracuse at Florida State
by Quarter1234 Total
Orange 0 0 0 3 3
Seminoles 28 10 21 0 59
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2005 Florida State, 38–14

Florida State Leads Series: 5–1

The Orange made their last road trip of the season to take on the Florida State Seminoles. This was their first game as conference opponents.


PittsburghEdit

Pittsburgh at Syracuse
by Quarter1234 Total
Panthers 0 10 7 0 17
Orange 6 3 7 0 16
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:30 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 35,317
  • Referee: Brad Allen
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2012 Syracuse, 14–13

Pittsburgh Leads Series: 34–31–3

The Orange hosted familiar rival Pittsburgh in their first meeting as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. This matchup was designated as a protected inter-division crossover game that will be played annually.


Boston CollegeEdit

Boston College at Syracuse (Rivalry)
by Quarter1234 Total
Eagles 7 7 7 10 31
Orange 0 21 3 10 34
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 3:30 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 37,406
  • Referee: David Epperley
 
Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2010 Boston College, 16–7

Syracuse Leads Series: 28–18

Formerly Big East Conference rivals, Syracuse and Boston College played their first game as conference opponents to close out the regular season. The 2013 edition was a must-win for the Orange in order to be bowl-eligible.


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