Syracuse holds on to beat Pitt 27-24, 1st time in 5 years

After two disheartening road losses, the weight of the world has been lifted a bit off the Syracuse Orange.

Eric Dungey threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and the Syracuse defense stymied Pittsburgh’s offense on third down as the Orange held on for a 27-24 Find Cheap Jerseys Online victory Saturday.

“It was good to finally get that monkey off our back. It’s our third close game,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. “All the way in the second half, five minutes to go, who’s going to win the game? You don’t know.

“To see the team rally together, and to have all three units play well, special teams, offense and defense, contributed to an ACC Atlantic win.”

Syracuse’s win was its first over the Panthers in five years and kept the team’s bowl hopes alive.

When you are, at best, in an unspoken timeshare, starting the season with 11 goals allowed on 65 shots through two games isn’t going to instill confidence in anyone. Mason may have had a tenuous grip on the starter’s reins a week ago, but a 6.56 goals-against average says that grip is all but gone. Connor Hellebuyck is a speculative add in deeper formats, and a good performance on Monday against the Oilers will almost lock him into the starter’s role. Of course, if he underperforms against Edmonton, we simply have a defensive dumpster fire that is to be avoided. That’s probably not an overreaction.

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