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Syracuse Orange football
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First season 1889
Athletic director Daryl Gross
Head coach Doug Marrone
Home stadium Carrier Dome
Year built 1980
Stadium capacity 49,250 [1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf [1]
Location Syracuse, New York
Conference Atlantic Coast conference
All-time record 684–481–49
Postseason bowl record 12–9–1 [2]
Claimed national titles 1 (1959)
Conference titles 4
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 42 [3]
Current uniform
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Colors Orange and Blue            
Fight song Down The Field
Mascot Otto the Orange
Rivals Rutgers Scarlet Knights

West Virginia Mountaineers

Pittsburgh Panthers

Penn State Nittany Lions

Website SUAthletics.com

The Syracuse Orange football program is a college football team that represents Syracuse University. The team is a member of the Big East Conference, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I conference that is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision. The University has just accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), however, the time frame for when they will begin playing with the ACC is not yet known. At most it would be 27 months. The program has one national championship, which was earned for play in the 1959 season. The Orange are currently coached by Doug Marrone, who is in his third year coaching at Syracuse, and home games are played at the Carrier Dome, located in Syracuse, New York.

FacilitiesEdit

Carrier DomeEdit

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The Syracuse Orange football team plays their games at the Carrier Dome. The Dome is used for several sports at the university and seats 49,250 for football.[1] It is the largest domed stadium of any college campus and the largest domed stadium in the Northeastern United States. The field was dedicated in 2009 to Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner. The field now reads "Ernie Davis Legends Field" between the 45 yard lines on the home side. Davis's number forty-four was also placed along that yard line. The dedication took place at the Syracuse vs. West Virginia game October 10, 2009.[4] Davis won the award in 1961.

Manley Field HouseEdit

Built in 1962, the Manley Field House complex houses many of the offices of SU Athletics. It also contains academic rooms and two weight rooms strictly for Syracuse athletes only. Adjacent to the complex there are a variety of fields used for softball, soccer, field hockey, as well as a track for the track and field team. Manley was initially intended as an indoor training facility for the football team, but was soon utilized as a home court for men's basketball.

However, upon completion of the new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, which houses practice courts, weight rooms, locker rooms and offices for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the original plans for Manley have come full circle. Syracuse was able to spend more than $2 million to renovate it and create a new state of the art indoor practice facility. Manley now features an indoor FieldTurf practice area, complete with three-lane running track.[5]

HistoryEdit

Early HistoryEdit

Syracuse played its first intercollegiate football game in 1889, and achieved its first success in the 1890s and 1900s. With the construction of "state-of-the-art" Archbold Stadium in 1907, Syracuse rose to national prominence under Hall of Fame coach Frank "Buck" O'Neill. The 1915 squad garnered a Rose Bowl invitation that the school declined, having already played on the West Coast that season.

The 1920s saw continued success with teams featuring star end Vic Hanson, the only individual who is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, and who later coached the team. Through this period, Colgate University was the school's biggest rival.

Ben Schwartzwalder EraEdit

The late 1930s and 1940s saw a decline in fortunes that began to reverse when Ben Schwartzwalder took over as coach in 1949. Syracuse made its first bowl appearance in the 1953 Orange Bowl, followed by appearances in the 1957 Cotton Bowl Classic and the 1959 Orange Bowl. The 1957 Cotton Bowl Classic team featured Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown. During this era, Penn State emerged as Syracuse's principal rival, replacing Colgate University. In 1959, Syracuse earned its first National Championship following an undefeated season and Cotton Bowl Classic victory over Texas. The team featured sophomore running back Ernie Davis, who went on to become the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. Davis was slated to play for the Cleveland Browns in the same backfield as Jim Brown, but died of leukemia before being able to play professionally. Syracuse remained competitive through the 1960s with a series of All American running backs, including Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.

Frank Maloney Era and First "Dry" PeriodEdit

When Ben Schwartzwalder retired from coaching in 1973 the program began to decline. Frank Maloney was hired to replace Schwartzwalder. The construction of the Carrier Dome in 1980 and the success of future NFL stars Joe Morris and Art Monk maintained the program's national relevance.

MacPherson/Pasqualoni Era and Return to ProminenceEdit

Dick MacPherson was hired as the head coach in 1981 and after several mediocre seasons, fans wanted MacPhearson fired, coining the phrase, "Sack Mac." However, the fans' opinion of Coach Macpherson changed when the program returned suddenly to national prominence in 1987 with an undefeated 11-0 regular season record. The team featured Maxwell Award winning quarterback Don McPherson and fullback Daryl Johnston. The team missed an opportunity to play for the NCAA Division I-A national football championship, because both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Miami also finished undefeated that year and finished higher in the polls. Instead, the team faced Southeastern Conference champion Auburn University in the Sugar Bowl. The game ended in a tie when Auburn kicked a late field goal rather than trying for a game winning touchdown.

Over the next 14 seasons (1988-2001), the program enjoyed tremendous success under coach MacPherson and his successor Paul Pasqualoni, appearing in 11 bowl games (including 3 major bowls) and winning 9. The team also captured or shared 3 Big East football championships during this period. Prominent players of the period included Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Keith Bulluck, Rob Moore, Donovin Darius, Qadry Ismail, Kevin Johnson, Rob Konrad, Tebucky Jones and Marvin Graves. Rivalries shifted in the early 1990s as Penn State ended its series with Syracuse and joined the Big Ten. Syracuse, meanwhile, joined the newly formed Big East football conference with traditional rivals University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and national power Miami. In 2004, Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, followed by Boston College in 2005, threatening the stature of the Big East. Syracuse was originally invited to leave the Big East and join the ACC, but under pressure from the Governor of Virginia, the ACC decided to invite Virginia Tech to join the conference instead. Thus, Syracuse remained in the Big East.

Syracuse's streak of winning seasons ended in 2002 when they went 4-8. This was followed by consecutive 6-6 seasons. Although they won a share of the Big East title in 2004 and competed in the Champs Sports Bowl, the teams from 2002-2004 were considered mediocre to Syracuse standards. This prompted brand new athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross to fire Paul Pasqualoni after 14 years at the helm.

Greg Robinson Era and 2nd "Dry" PeriodEdit

In 2005 the University hired Greg Robinson, former defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns, as head coach . That season started on a high note as Syracuse nearly upset eventual Big East and Sugar Bowl Champion West Virginia, forcing 5 turnovers in the 15-7 loss. They followed it up with a 31-0 thrashing of Buffalo and another near upset win, this time to #25 Virginia where they lost 27-24 on a last second field goal. The squad lost its final 8 games of the season. In those last 8 games. Syracuse finished the year 1–10, the worst season in school history and won only ten games with Robinson running the program.

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In 2008 the Orange continued to struggle and fired Robinson, following a 3-9 season where the high point was a 24-23 upset of Notre Dame; the game that signified best the period was the 55-13 loss to Penn State.

Doug Marrone EraEdit

It was announced on December 12, 2008 that Doug Marrone, a former Orange player and offensive coordinator for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, had been hired to replace Robinson as head coach.[6] Improvement throughout the program was noticed immediately as the Orange, despite only a marginal improvement in their Win-Loss record, going 4-8 under Marrone for his first year, played many much more closely, including a 28-7 loss at #7 Penn State[7]. In 2010 the Orange finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since the 2001 season at 7-5, including road wins against #19 West Virginia and 2-time defending conference champions Cincinnati. The team earned its first bowl bid since 2004 and along with 2nd ranked Oregon and 10th ranked Boise State, the 5 road wins are the best in 2010 of all BCS teams. December 30th, 2010, Syracuse defeated Kansas State in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The game was televised live on ESPN. [8]

Football RivalriesEdit

West VirginiaEdit

Syracuse and West Virginia have played 57 times and every year since 1955. Often these games have had a bearing on which collegiate program was the best in the East. In much of the 80's and 90's, Syracuse and West Virginia made for one of the Big East's best head-to-head match-ups on a yearly basis.

The Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy annually goes to the winner of the West Virginia and Syracuse football game. The trophy was introduced in 1993 and is named after former WVU football player and Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder, who had died in March of that year. The trophy weighs 55 pounds and was sculpted by Syracuse player Jim Ridlon.

West Virginia won the first trophy game 43-0 at Syracuse and has gone on to win 11. Syracuse has won the trophy seven times and leads the overall series between the two schools, 31-27.

Penn StateEdit

Syracuse and Penn State have played 69 times. However, conference realignment and scheduling disagreements have dampened the intensity of the rivalry between the teams. During the 1950s and 1960s the rivalry enjoyed a competitive and often controversial string of contests. Syracuse football was led by legendary coach Ben Schwartzwalder, and Penn State by Rip Engle and from 1967 Joe Paterno. From 1950 to 1970, Syracuse won 11 to Penn State's 10 games.

As Syracuse football floundered in the 1970's, Paterno's Penn State teams would go on to win 16 straight in the series from 1971 to 1986. Penn State fans and players increasingly turned their attention to the Pitt-Penn State rivalry.

In 1987, Dick MacPherson coached Syracuse to a 48-21 victory over the Nittany Lions in the Dome. Syracuse won again the following year at Penn State but lost the final two games before the suspension of the series in 1991. After an almost twenty-year break in the series, the two programs played in Syracuse's Carrier Dome on September 13, 2008, with the Nittany Lions prevailing 55-13 over the Orange.

Penn State leads the all-time series 41-23-5.

RutgersEdit

Syracuse and Rutgers first played each other in 1914, resulting in a 14-14 tie. From that point until 2003, Syracuse more or less dominated the series, winning 28 out of 34 games. This included a stretch of 12-straight wins between 1987 and 1998.

However, the early 2000's saw these roles reversed. The Scarlet Knights won six of nine games from 2003 to 2011, including four in a row from 2005-2008. This rise of the Rutgers program has increased the tension between the schools. Syracuse and Rutgers generally fight for recruits from the same territory (Upstate NY, NYC, NJ, and CT). Both have a vested interest in the #1 media market in the nation, New York City.

Syracuse leads the all-time series 30-11-1.

PittsburghEdit

The football game between Syracuse and Pittsburgh has been played 67 times. The rivalry dates back to 1916 and has been played yearly since 1955. It is the second most played football rivalry for Syracuse and is tied for the third most played football rivalry for Pittsburgh. While the series has been relatively even, Pitt does hold an overall lead of 34-30-3.

Retired NumbersEdit

The Legend of 44Edit

On November 12, 2005, Syracuse University retired one of the most storied numbers ever associated with a college football program — #44 — to honor the legacy of those who wore it as well as the number itself, which has become so associated with Syracuse that the university's ZIP code, 13244, was requested by university officials to remember those who wore 44 for the Orange. [9]

Since 1954, 11 players have worn the number and three earned All-America honors. The three most famous #44s — Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little — certainly rank among the finest running backs to ever play the game. Brown, who played at SU from 1954-56 and led the team to a Cotton Bowl berth, went on to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and a member of the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. He led the league in rushing eight times in his nine years. Many still point to him as the greatest running back of all time.

Davis played for the Orange from 1959-61. He won the 1961 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first African-American to do so, and was a starter on SU’s 1959 national championship team. Davis also signed to play with the Cleveland Browns, but the devastating combination of Davis and Brown in the same backfield never came to pass. Davis died of leukemia in 1963. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Little was a three-time All-America for the Orange. He played from 1964-66 and led SU to the Sugar Bowl in 1964 and the Gator Bowl in 1966 (teaming in the backfield with Larry Csonka in the latter). Little was the greatest kick returner in Orange history. He led the nation in all-purpose yardage in 1965, averaging 199 yards per game. Little went on to have a tremendous career with the Denver Broncos, winning back-to-back rushing titles in 1970-71. He, too, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. [10]

#88 John MackeyEdit

Syracuse also retired the uniform number 88 in honor of tight end John Mackey (1960–62) on Sept 15, 2007. Mackey, who is considered one of the greatest tight ends to play football, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was named to the Pro Bowl five times as a member of the Baltimore Colts. He also played in two Super Bowls.

#68 Blaise WinterEdit

Syracuse also retired Blaise Winter's number after his years at Syracuse. He was known as one of the most fierce pass rushers that Syracuse University had ever seen. Finishing second his junior year in the Heisman Trophy voting, Winter declared for the NFL Draft. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts and became an immediate star. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers where he finished his career. Off the field Winters suffers from a cleft palet and is an active member in the Cleft Palet Charity and he even appeared in the Novel "My Cleft Affected Child" written by Carrie Gruman-Trinker. Winters lives in the Green Bay area today where he is an motivational speaker, high school assistant coach, and father of two athletes.

College Football Hall of FamersEdit

Inductee Position(s) Class Year(s)
Biggie Munn Head Coach 1959 1946-1946
Frank "Buck" O'Neill Head Coach 1951 1906-1919
Ben Schwartzwalder Head Coach 1982 1949-1973
Joe Alexander Guard 1997 1980-1983
Larry Csonka Fullback 1989 1965-1967
Ernie Davis Halfback 1979 1959-1961
Vic Hanson End 1973 1924-1926
Floyd Little Halfback 1983 1964-1966
Jim Brown Halfback 1995 1956-1958
Tim Green Defensive tackle 2002 1982-1985
Don McPherson Quarterback 2008 1984-1987
Tad Jones Head Coach 1958 1909-1910
Howard Jones Head Coach 1951 1908-1908
Dick MacPherson Head Coach 2009 1980-1990

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Year Wins Losses Ties Bowl Game Final Ranking Avg Attendance Coach
1889 0 1 0 - - - No Coach
1890 7 4 0 - - - Bobby Winston
1891 4 6 0 - - - William Glabraith
1892 0 8 0 - - - Jordan Wells
1893 4 9 0 - - - No Coach
1894 6 5 0 - - - George Bond
1895 6 2 0 - - - George Redington
1896 5 3 0 - - - George Redington
1897 5 3 0 - - - Frank Wade
1898 8 2 0 - - - Frank Wade
1899 4 4 0 - - - Frank Wade
1900 7 2 0 - - - Edwin Sweetland
1901 7 1 0 - - - Edwin Sweetland
1902 6 2 0 - - - Edwin Sweetland
1903 5 4 0 - - - Jason Parish
1904 6 3 0 - - - Dr. Charles Hutchins
1905 8 3 0 - - - Dr. Charles Hutchins
1906 6 3 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1907 5 3 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1908 6 3 0 - - - Howard Jones
1909 4 5 0 - - - T.A.D. Jones
1910 5 4 0 - - - T.A.D. Jones
1911 5 3 0 - - - DeForest Cummings
1912 4 5 0 - - - DeForest Cummings
1913 6 4 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1914 5 3 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1915 9 1 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1916 5 4 0 - - - William Hollenback
1917 8 1 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1918 5 1 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1919 6 3 0 - - - Frank O'Neill
1920 6 2 1 - - - John Meehan
1921 7 2 0 - - - John Meehan
1922 6 1 2 - - - John Meehan
1923 8 1 0 - - - John Meehan
1924 8 2 1 - - - John Meehan
1925 8 1 0 - - - C.W.P. Reynolds
1926 7 2 0 - - - C.W.P. Reynolds
1927 5 3 0 - - - Lewis Andreas
1928 4 4 0 - - - Lewis Andreas
1929 6 3 0 - - - Lewis Andreas
1930 5 2 2 - - - Victor Hanson
1931 7 1 1 - - - Victor Hanson
1932 4 4 1 - - - Victor Hanson
1933 4 4 0 - - - Victor Hanson
1934 6 2 0 - - - Victor Hanson
1935 6 1 1 - - - Victor Hanson
1936 1 7 0 - - - Victor Hanson
1937 5 2 1 - - - Ossie Solem
1938 5 3 0 - - - Ossie Solem
1939 3 3 2 - - - Ossie Solem
1940 3 4 1 - - - Ossie Solem
1941 5 2 1 - - - Ossie Solem
1942 6 3 0 - - - Ossie Solem
1943 No Season World War 2
1944 2 4 1 - - - Ossie Solem
1945 1 6 0 - - - Ossie Solem
1946 4 5 0 - - - Clarence Munn
1947 3 6 0 - - - Reaves Baysinger
1948 1 8 0 - - - Reaves Baysinger
1949 4 5 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1950 5 5 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1951 5 4 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1952 7 3 0 Orange Bowl (L 61-6 vs Alabama) 14 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1953 5 3 1 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1954 4 4 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1955 5 3 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1956 7 2 0 Cotton Bowl Classic (L 28-27 vs TCU) 8 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1957 5 3 1 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1958 8 2 0 Orange Bowl (L 21-6 vs Oklahoma) 9 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1959*** 11 0 0 Cotton Bowl Classic (W 23-14 vs Texas) 1 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1960 7 2 0 - 19 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1961 8 3 0 Liberty Bowl (W 15-14 vs Miami) 16 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1962 5 5 0 - - - Ben Schwartzwalder
1963 8 2 0 - 12 - Ben Schwartzwalder
1964 7 4 0 Sugar Bowl (L 13-10 vs Louisiana St) 12 29,510 Ben Schwartzwalder
1965 7 3 0 - 19 27,800 Ben Schwartzwalder
1966 8 3 0 Gator Bowl (L 18-12 vs Tennessee) 16 32,976 Ben Schwartzwalder
1967 8 2 0 - 12 33,242 Ben Schwartzwalder
1968 6 4 0 - - 30,658 Ben Schwartzwalder
1969 5 5 0 - - 26,831 Ben Schwartzwalder
1970 6 4 0 - - 24,515 Ben Schwartzwalder
1971 5 5 1 - - 26,224 Ben Schwartzwalder
1972 5 6 0 - - 19,707 Ben Schwartzwalder
1973 2 9 0 - - 18,525 Ben Schwartzwalder
1974 2 9 0 - - 21,117 Frank Malony
1975 6 5 0 - - 21,635 Frank Malony
1976 3 8 0 - - 19,378 Frank Malony
1977 6 5 0 - - 18,992 Frank Malony
1978 3 8 0 - - 22,382 Frank Malony
1979* 7 5 0 Independence Bowl (W 31-7 vs McNeese St) - 20,482 Frank Malony
1980** 5 6 0 - - 43,635 Frank Malony
1981 4 6 1 - - 38,310 Dick MacPherson
1982 2 9 0 - - 35,278 Dick MacPherson
1983 6 5 0 - - 34,130 Dick MacPherson
1984 6 5 0 - - 44,221 Dick MacPherson
1985 7 5 0 Cherry Bowl (L 35-18 vs Maryland) - 38,563 Dick MacPherson
1986 5 6 0 - - 34,534 Dick MacPherson
1987 11 0 1 Sugar Bowl (T 16-16 vs Auburn) 4 44,490 Dick MacPherson
1988 10 2 0 Hall of Fame Bowl (W 23-10 vs Louisiana St) 12 46,081 Dick MacPherson
1989 8 4 0 Peach Bowl (W 19-18 vs Georgia) - 48,885 Dick MacPherson
1990 7 4 2 Aloha Bowl (W 28-0 vs Arizona) 21 47,022 Dick MacPherson
1991 10 2 0 Hall of Fame Bowl (W 24-17 vs Ohio St) 11 43,444 Paul Pasqualoni
1992 10 2 0 Fiesta Bowl (W 26-22 vs Colorado) 6 49,318 Paul Pasqualoni
1993 6 4 1 - - 48,092 Paul Pasqualoni
1994 7 4 0 - - 47,746 Paul Pasqualoni
1995 9 3 0 Gator Bowl (W 41-0 vs Clemson) 16 43,276 Paul Pasqualoni
1996 9 3 0 Liberty Bowl (W 30-17 vs Houston) 19 48,177 Paul Pasqualoni
1997 9 4 0 Fiesta Bowl (L 35-18 vs Kansas St) 20 45,685 Paul Pasqualoni
1998 8 4 0 Orange Bowl (L 31-10 vs Florida) 24 47,898 Paul Pasqualoni
1999 7 5 0 Music City Bowl (W 20-13 vs Kentucky) - 46,741 Paul Pasqualoni
2000 6 5 0 - - 43,062 Paul Pasqualoni
2001 10 3 0 Insight Bowl (W 26-3 vs. Kansas St) 14 41,103 Paul Pasqualoni
2002 4 8 0 - - 42,259 Paul Pasqualoni
2003 6 6 0 - - 41,167 Paul Pasqualoni
2004 6 6 0 Champs Sports Bowl (L 51-14 vs. Georgia Tech) - 43,647 Paul Pasqualoni
2005 1 10 0 - - 40,252 Greg Robinson
2006 4 8 0 - - 41,073 Greg Robinson
2007 2 10 0 - - 35,009 Greg Robinson
2008 3 9 0 - - 33,474 Greg Robinson
2009 4 8 0 - - 39,043 Doug Marrone
2010 8 5 0 Pinstripe Bowl (W 36-34 vs. Kansas St) - 40,092 Doug Marrone
2011 5 7 0 Doug Marrone
*Carrier Dome under construction, played "home" games in Ithaca, Buffalo and the Meadowlands 
**First Season at Carrier Dome
***National Champions

Syracuse football athletes in the Pro Football Hall of FameEdit

Logos and uniformsEdit

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Future Non-Conference Opponents[11] Edit

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 TBA
vs Northwestern vs Penn State vs Notre Dame at Notre Dame vs Notre Dame at Notre Dame at Northwestern at Penn State vs Penn State vs Tulane
vs USC at Northwestern vs Navy at Navy
vs Stony Brook at Boston College
at Minnesota

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