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Final score: Syracuse 40, North Carolina 37 (2 OT)

Tommy DeVito arrives and saves the day in double OT.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With two weeks to prepare for the North Carolina Tar Heels, there was hope that the Syracuse Orange would be able to right the ship and pick up win No. 5 after two consecutive losses.

While Syracuse struggled for most of the afternoon on Saturday, they wound up coming from behind to beat UNC anyway, 40-37 in double overtime behind a phenomenal effort from Tommy DeVito.

The Orange are now 5-2 (2-2), surpassing four wins for the first time since 2013. North Carolina drops to 1-5 (1-3).

Early on, the Orange failed to really move the ball, sputtering through quick drives and questionable play-calling before finally getting on the board with an Andre Szmyt field goal early in the second quarter. They’d put up 10 more points in the quarter to earn a 13-7 lead going into halftime. A quick touchdown to start the third meant a 20-7 advantage and clear momentum.

Then everything fell apart. UNC’s offense rebounded quickly, putting up a touchdown and then taking the lead at 21-20 with a long punt return for a score. They’d tack on a field goal to make it 24-20. Moe Neal was close to getting Syracuse back up in the third quarter, but fumbled the ball on Heels’ five-yard line.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina added another field goal to take a seven-point lead, but then missed another chance to push the lead to 10 points. At that point, DeVito took over for a struggling Eric Dungey and immediately hit Jamal Custis for 50-yard gain. Driving Syracuse inside the 20, the offense would stall out after going for it on fourth down. They’d get another shot, and tie the game at 27 apiece on a nice ball from DeVito to Nykeim Johnson. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime as well to knot things at 34.

After a key third down sack in the second overtime, UNC hooked in a long field goal to take a 37-34 lead. But DeVito connected for his third TD pass of the game (this time to Ravian Pierce) and gave the Orange the come-from-behind 40-37 victory.

Despite getting pulled late, Dungey had 225 passing yards on 17-of-33 throwing the ball. He picked up another 42 and a score on the ground. DeVito had 181 yards and three TDs on 11-of-19 passing. And we may have just watched the Dungey era...

Custis was the leading receiver on the day, with seven grabs for 162 yards and a score. Sean Riley also had seven catches, for 78. Nykeim had five catches for 102, including the game-tying touchdown late in regulation. Taj Harris also had five receptions for 51 yards and made several key catches. Neal was the lead rusher with 66 yards, though the late fumble is certainly haunting in a close game that went into OT.

The defense had its moments, with a pick and a forced fumble, but did struggle against intermediate passes throughout the contest. Despite coming in with a lesser passing attack, the Heels’ Nathan Elliott completed 34-of-52 on the day for 321 yards. They also ran for over 185 yards on the day after earning just 22 in the first half.

Holy crap, an insane game. Not only was it a thrilling win, but we may now have a whole new lease on the season with the QB change.