Impossible to deny significance of Syracuse win


It's been a long time since Syracuse won a game like the one they claimed on Friday against defending national champ Clemson.

You have to go back to September 29, 1984 to find another win over a top two opponent. Dick MacPherson's Orange took down then number one Nebraska 17-9.

This time it was Dino Babers' Syracuse Orange upsetting the number two team in North America, a shocking victory to anyone outside of the Syracuse locker room.

"Nobody believes in us except for us," said junior quarterback Eric Dungey, who threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to continue his outstanding season.

If the Orange can get many more wins like this, that might change. It won't be easy to keep the momentum going next week against unbeaten and 11th-ranked Miami (5-0 after 25-24 win over Georgia Tech Saturday), but in the ACC, the opportunities will be there to build on Friday's spectacular showing.

With success will come better recruits. With better recruits will come more success. That's how it works in college football. Hopefully for Babers and the Orange, they're finally, truly getting started.

"This was big," Babers said after the game. "I'm excited for the players, I'm excited for the university, and the community."

You get the feeling they're all pretty excited too.

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