SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The last three weeks have been like déjà vu for the Syracuse Orange football team. For the third straight week, SU fell by three points, this time dropping a 17-14 nail-bitter to Clemson on Friday night at the Carrier Dome.
With 43 seconds to play, Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt’s game-tying 48-yard field goal came up short. The loss is SU’s third straight.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers got on the board first thanks to a 19-yard touchdown pass from DJ Uiagalelei to Joseph Ngata.
Syracuse would answer right back, marching 91 yards in 10 plays. Garrett Shrader capped off the drive, on a two-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven.
With nine seconds to play before halftime, Clemson would regain the lead with a two-yard TD run by Kobe Pace.
B.T. Potter helped push the Tigers lead to ten with 9:22 left in the game connecting on a 40-yard field goal.
Two minutes later the Orange responsed, as Garrett Shrader found Trebor Pena for a 62-yard scoring strike.
With 4:40 to play, Syracuse would get down to the Clemson 30-yard line. On 4th and one, Dino Babers elected to go for the game-tying field goal, only to have Szmyt’s kick come up short.
For the 5th straight week, Syracuse star running back Sean Tucker went over 100 yards rushing, tying a program record. Tucker finished the night with 22 carries for 157 yards.
Garrett Shrader tossed for 197 yards, adding a touchdown and an interception.
Syracuse racked up 356 yards of total offense, compared to Clemson’s 314 yards.
The loss drops SU to 3-4 overall (0-3 in the ACC). Clemson improves to 4-2 (3-1 in the ACC). The Tigers have won four straight games against the Orange.
Next up for Syracuse, a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Virginia Tech next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.