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Syracuse 49, Duke 6

DURHAM, N.C. - Syracuse’s quarterback stayed upright and its running backs ran free. The Orange’s new-look defense kept its opponent out of the end zone.

They only needed one win to avoid being 0-for-the-ACC - and did they ever get it.

Syracuse routed Duke 49-6 to snap a four-game losing streak, with Tommy DeVito throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.

“It’s just one game - that’s all it is, one football game - but how important a football game it was to us was extreme based on things that have gone on the past two weeks,” coach Dino Babers said.

Andre Cisco returned an interception 48 yards for a TD to help the Orange (4-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) earn their first win against a power-conference team. Syracuse, a 10-point underdog, pulled away by turning three second-half takeaways into touchdowns and outscored Duke 35-0 after halftime.

“I’m really excited that they have the experience of winning again,” Babers said.

Moe Neal rushed for 115 yards and a 2-yard score, Jarveon Howard also finished with 115 yards rushing with a 28-yard TD and the Orange had a season-best 286 yards on the ground. Syracuse had only one 100-yard rusher in its first nine games, with Neal gaining 123 in the victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 21.

“They were serious about running the football,” Babers said.

“We didn’t expect that coming in,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

DeVito was 6 of 15 for 105 yards with an 18-yard scoring pass to Trishton Jackson and a 22-yarder to Luke Benson to go along with his 1-yard scoring run.

Perhaps more importantly for DeVito, Syracuse - which allows an FBS-worst five sacks per game - was sacked only once.

AJ Reed kicked field goals of 31 and 51 yards for the Blue Devils (4-6, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight.

Associated Press

November 16, 2019