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‘CUSE WINS IN OT: DeVito slings Syracuse to comeback over Carolina (full coverage)

Tommy DeVito played the part of superhero in leading Syracuse (5-2, 2-2) to an improbable 40-37 win over North Carolina (1-5, 1-3) in overtime.

DeVito came in for Eric Dungey late in the fourth quarter, with hope seemingly all but gone for the Orange, and hit Nykeim Johnson on a 42-yard pass to tie the game at 27 with 1:39 to play. The game went into overtime, and DeVito hit Jamal Custis from 25-yards out to give Syracuse the lead. The Tar Heels answered with a quick score of their own to send the game to a second overtime.

After the Syracuse defense held UNC to a 49-yard field goal in the second overtime, DeVito hit Ravian Pierce from four yards out for the game winner. Read More

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MORE REACTION AND COVERAGE ONLINE:

Syracuse’s defense makes the critical stops in 40-37 overtime win against UNC (Daily Orange)
Tale of 2 quarterbacks, more takeaways from SU’s win over UNC (Daily Orange)
Tommy DeVito engineers comeback Syracuse win over UNC (NunesMagician.com)
Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 40-37 win over UNC (NunesMagician.com)
Time, TV announced for Syracuse football-North Carolina State game (Syracuse.com)
What Syracuse football players said about looming QB decision (Syracuse.com)
What Syracuse football coach Dino Babers said about benching Eric Dungey (Syracuse.com)
Babers: Syracuse QB switch from Eric Dungey to Tommy DeVito ‘not permanent’ (Syracuse.com)
The Final Word: Beat Writers discuss SU’s win over North Carolina (Daily Orange)
Gallery: Syracuse comes from behind to beat North Carolina, 40-37, in double overtime (Daily Orange)
Syracuse’s cornerbacks banged up after 40-37 win over North Carolina (Daily Orange)
How many people attended Syracuse’s Homecoming game vs. North Carolina? (Syracuse.com)

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With two consecutive road games and the bye week behind them, the Orange (4-2, 1-2 ACC) return to the Carrier Dome for the first time since Sept. 22 to play host to Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division foe North Carolina (1-4, 1-2 ACC) during Orange Central/Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is set for 12:20 p.m. and the game will be televised by Raycom Sports.

“Homecoming this week,” head coach Dino Babers said to open his weekly press conference inside the Iocolano-Petty Football Complex Monday. “How cool is that? We get an opportunity to have all the alumni come back and it’s going to be exciting.”

It’s a much-anticipated return to the Dome for the Orange, as well, after dropping back-to-back games at Clemson and Pittsburgh prior to the hiatus. Syracuse led both games heading into the fourth quarter, but wasn’t able to close out either contest. Clemson scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute to go and the Pitt game was decided in overtime. Read More

GAME WEEK ORANGE COVERAGE:

Syracuse vs. North Carolina preview: Q&A with Tar Heel Blog (NunesMagician.com)
Syracuse AD John Wildhack talks football atmosphere efforts (Syracuse.com)
TNIAAP: Syracuse vs. North Carolina/Talking Joe Girard (NunesMagician.com)
Cordy and Pierce healthy, Szmyt earns scholarship (Daily Orange)
Syracuse vs. North Carolina depth chart: Ravian Pierce returns? (NunesMagician.com)
Syracuse TE Ravian Pierce, DB Antwan Cordy expected to play against UNC (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse has built the top special teams unit in the nation (Daily Orange)
Syracuse opens as 11-point favorite vs. UNC (NunesMagician.com)

Syracuse football-North Carolina betting line: SU opens as double-digit favorite (Syracuse.com)
What’s College Football saying about Syracuse after Week 7? (NunesMagician.com)
Why Syracuse football coach Dino Babers chose ‘hard’ over ‘nice’ on bye week (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse football kicker Andre Szmyt receives scholarship after breaking out (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse vs. NC State: ESPN exercises six-day hold on scheduling (NunesMagician.com)
Syracuse football walk-on kicker Andre Szmyt named midyear All-American by ESPN (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse football bowl watch: Resetting Orange’s postseason hopes after bye week (Syracuse.com)

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