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Syracuse football opponents recap: Week 2

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Just because the Orange had a rough week doesn’t mean everyone else did.

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The Syracuse Orange football team didn’t look too hot in week two, which now creates a new lens to look at the future schedule through.

Here’s a glance at the Orange’s 12 opponents and how they fared last week — just in case you’re looking ahead at all.

Liberty Flames (0-2, N/A)

Result: 35-14 loss to UL-Lafayette

QB Stephen Calvert looked about the same in week two, while the Flames’ offense was led by Frankie Hickson (133 yards rushing) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (six catches for 70 yards). The Ragin’ Cajuns piled up over 400 rushing yards on the day, though, and were 6-of-12 on third down. The second half was all theirs, outscoring Liberty 14-0 over the final 30 minutes.

Clemson Tigers (2-0, 1-0)

Result: 24-10 win vs. Texas A&M

It wasn’t as lopsided a victory as their Week 1 finish, but the Tigers took care of a sound, well-coached Aggies team on Saturday. The Tigers tied the school record for most consecutive wins (17), and standout sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked pristine — completing 24 of 35 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown.

Western Michigan Broncos (1-1, 0-0)

Result: 51-17 loss at No. 19 Michigan State

After a dominant showing against Monmouth in their opening bout, the Broncos came back to earth and were manhandled by a strong Spartans program. Western Michigan was outgained by 230 total yards on offense, despite winning the time-of-possession battle. The Bronco offense couldn’t move the chains on third down, however, converting just five of 16 chances. Senior quarterback Jon Wassink did perform well, however, throwing for 252 yards on 23 completions.

Holy Cross Crusaders (1-1, 0-0)

Result: 13-10 victory over New Hampshire

It was a last-second victory for Holy Cross on Saturday, as a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the back of the end zone by junior defensive back Joe Lang lifted the Crusaders to a narrow victory at home. Junior quarterback Connor Degenhardt was hitting on all cylinders for the Crusader offense, going 21-34 for 253 yards. Lang led the defensive effort with six tackles.

N.C. State Wolfpack (2-0, 0-0)

Result: 41-0 win against Western Carolina

NC State picked up right where they left off last week with a dominant showing against Western Carolina. The defense held Catamounts to eight rushing yards and 106 total yards, while redshirt sophomore quarterback Matthew McKay led his offense to 540 yards and 32 first downs. The Wolfpack have outscored their opening two opponents to a whopping 75-6 — the early makings of a formidable foe coming Oct. 10.

Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1, 0-1)

Result: 20-10 win vs. Ohio

It was band day in Pittsburgh and there was plenty to play music for, as the Panthers avenged a Week 1 loss with a 10-point victory over the Ohio Bobcats. Junior quarterback Kenny Pickett threw for a career-high 321 passing yards, highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown toss to senior wideout Maurice Ffrench — who finished with 10 catches for 138 yards. Next up for Pitt is a tough, in-state bout with No. 15 Penn State.

Florida State Seminoles (1-1, 0-0)

Result: 45-44 win over ULM

After collapsing to Boise State a week prior, the Seminoles narrowly escaped a second straight loss with a one-point win over Louisiana Monroe. Sophomore quarterback James Blackman completed 30-of-40 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, but the defense will definitely need to find some rhythm after allowing 419 yards and 5.3 yards per play to such a lesser foe.

Boston College Eagles (2-0, 1-0)

Result:45-13 win vs. Richmond

The Eagles ate up the Spiders on Saturday, as Boston College racked up 518 yards of offense at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles had three rushers go for over 85 yards, with all rushers combining for 347 in the trenches. Richmond held the ball for nearly 15 minutes more than the Eagles, but could only convert on four of 13 third-down attempts in a poor offensive showing.

Duke Blue Devils (1-1, 0-0)

Result: 45-13 win vs. North Carolina A&T

The Blue Devils put up 40-plus points after allowing 42 the week before to Alabama, this time routing the Aggies in Dukes’ home opener — their eighth straight home win to begin the season. Redshirt senior quarterback Quentin Harris had a field day on Saturday, completed 71.4% of his passes for 345 and four scores with 83 rushing yards and a fifth touchdown on the ground. Defensively, senior safety Dylan Singleton led the team with nine total tackles.

Louisville Cardinals (1-1, 0-0)

Result: 42-0 whooping over Eastern Kentucky

Head coach Scott Satterfield earned his first win with the Cardinals on Saturday, as a career-high four passing touchdowns from junior quarterback Jawon Pass led to an easy victory for Louisville. Their signal-caller was efficient with the ball, completing 12-of-19 passes for 196 yards. The Cardinal defense held EKU to 42 passing yards and a 35% conversion rate on first down, clamping down on opposing wideouts.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0, 0-0)

Result: 41-21 win against Rice

The Demon Deacons had an easier win as opposed to their three-point victory a week before, holding Rice to 67 rushing yards while racking up 201 of their own. Freshman running back Kenneth Walker III burst out for a school record 96-yard score, finishing the game with 125 yards on the ground. This was the fourth straight game in which the Deacon offense totaled 500 yards or more.

Week 2 opponent W-L: 10-2

2019 total W-L: 16-8