Syracuse misses potential game-tying field goal in 17-14 loss to Clemson (full coverage)

The Syracuse Orange football team came into Friday night desperately needing a win against the weakest Clemson Tigers squad in some time. Unfortunately, visiting Clemson did not lend a hand, dealing Syracuse its third straight defeat — by a score of 17-14.

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It’s always a big game when Clemson comes to town. The six-time defending ACC Champion Tigers have been a daunting task for ACC opponents over the better part of the last decade. While Friday night will feature talent all over the field, it’ll also provide Syracuse fans a chance to remember one of the program’s all-time greats. The Orange will honor a legend and a friend Friday night, as it’s Floyd Little Life and Legacy Day in the Dome, honoring the NFL and College Football Hall of Fame running back who passed away on Jan. 1, 2021.

“We’re looking forward to the Floyd Little weekend,” head coach Dino Babers said. “He means a lot to this program. He’s the first person I allowed to speak to the team. I can still remember that talk. I can still remember that speech – It was very moving. I have nothing but fond thoughts of him and his wife, DeBorah.”

Little will be recognized during a halftime ceremony. A three-time All-American for the Orange from 1964-66, Little rushed for 2,704 yards and scored 46 touchdowns. He was also a standout return man who led the nation in all-purpose yards (1,990) and punt return average (23.5) as a junior in 1965. In nine seasons (1967-75) with the Denver Broncos, he amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards and was a five-time Pro Bowl pick. The Orange have been honoring Little all season by wearing a special patch.

In addition, Friday is an Orange Out as fans are encouraged to wear their school color as Syracuse faces the most successful team in the ACC over the past six years. The Tigers have played in the College Football Playoff in each of the past six years, advancing to the national championship game four times, claiming two national titles.

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