With the starting quarterback sidelined due to injury, Syracuse University lost 35-20 to NC State at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
Sophomore signal caller Eric Dungey suffered a hard hit last week against Clemson, and was questionable heading into Saturday’s meeting with the Wolfpack.
Zach Mahoney was serviceable in relief, passing for 190 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
The Orange had a difficult time establishing their ground game, rushing for just 28 yards as a team.
On the other side of the ball, Matthew Dayes rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
NC State quarterback Ryan Finley passed for 340 yards and one touchdown.
The Orange kept the Wolfpack close, throughout the game, and trailed just 21-20 as late as the third quarter.
With 10 seconds remaining before the fourth quarter, Dayes rushed to the right side and then tight-roped down the sideline into the endzone to give NC State 28-20 lead.
A 20-yard run by Dayes with 4:50 remaining in the game gave the Wolfpack a two possession lead.
With the loss, the Orange falls to 4-6 overall, and 2-4 in ACC play.
NC State improves to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
The Orange will return to the field next Saturday when they host Florida State on Senior Day.
The kick-off time has not been announced.