He stood in the Syracuse locker room filled with his teammates, school officials and members of the media and asked a legitimate question.
“”Let’s see a quick show of hands,” said Eric Dungey. “”Who thought we were going to win tonight?”’
The Syracuse QB paused and smiled, looking beyond his teammates. “”That’s exactly what I’ve been saying. It’s just us. Nobody believed in us except us.”
Maybe more people will now believe in the Orange, who began a spate of upsets in college football last weekend, posting a 27-24 upset over the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in the Dome on Friday night.
It was the highest ranked upset (Clemson was No. 2 at the time) for a Syracuse football team since 1984. It snapped an 11-game winning streak (the longest in the FBS) by Clemson.
And leading the way was Dungey, a 6-foot-4 inch, 223-pound junior, who had been knocked out of the game last season with an injury in the first quarter of what turned into a 54-0 win by Clemson.
Not this time, primarily because of Dungey, who threw 3 TD passes for 278 yards, rushed for 61 more yards on 23 carries and accounted for 335 of Syracuse’s 440 total yards of offense.
With the game tied at 24-24 in the fourth quarter, Dungey led his team on a 16-play, 6-minute drive which ended with a 30-yard game-winning field goal by Cole Murphy.
For all of that, Dungey is TMG’s Newsmaker of the Week.