Football notebook: Dixon, Hunt and the Bulls

Orange punter receives award, while quarterback avoids further punishment.

Riley Dixon played the role of hero against Villanova on Friday night, and today the Atlantic Coast Conference recognized him for his efforts.

The ACC named the Syracuse punter/placeholder its Co-Specialist of the Week on Tuesday afternoon, along with Louisville's Corvin Lamb.

Dixon threw the enventual game-winning touchdown pass to Kendall Moore in the second overtime on a trick play at the goal line. A defensive stop later sealed a 27-26 victory for the Orange.

Dixon also averaged 43. 4 yards on five punts, two of which pinned Villanova inside its own 20-yard line.

This is the senior's first such honor.


In the Hunt

After throwing a punch at an opposing linebacker during Friday's game, quarterback Terrel Hunt will not receive further punishment, an ACC representative announced Tuesday.

Hunt had scrambled for a first down late in the second quarter when he was hit above the chest by Villanova's Dillon Lucas. In retaliation, Hunt took a swipe at Lucas' helmet as he rolled himself off the turf and onto his feet.

By rule, Hunt was immediately ejected from the game. Sophomore Austin Wilson replaced him under center.

Hunt is expected to start at quarterback Sept. 13 against Central Michigan.


Run With the Bulls

Syracuse has scheduled a home-and-home series with South Florida for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Syracuse Athletics announced in a statement Tuesday. The Orange will travel to Tampa next season for an Oct. 10 contest, while USF will visit the Carrier Dome on Sept. 17, 2016.

Former BIG EAST foes, the Orange and Bulls have faced each other eight times with USF holding a 6-2 advantage.

Syracuse's complete 2015 nonconference schedule includes USF, Louisiana State, Rhode Island and Central Michigan.

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