No. 3 Clemson Tigers record shutout victory over Syracuse football in Death Valley

Star quarterback Eric Dungey injured in SU's 54-0 loss.

Down in Death Valley, the Syracuse football team faced injuries, broken records and a shutout from the No. 3 Clemson Tigers, falling 54-0.

Clemson came out rocking with a packed house for the Tigers’ Purple Out and Military Appreciation Day. While the Orange failed to score, one wide receiver set records for the Syracuse football program.

Before the match-up, Amba Etta-Tawo was 57 yards shy of breaking Marvin Harrison's SU single-season receiving record. With nine catches for 84 yards, Etta-Tawo established a new program record at 1,158 yards and counting with three games left in the season. The wide receiver also set a new record for single-season receptions at 75. 

Syracuse’s defense held Clemson to a 22-yard field goal on its first possession, but touchdowns would soon come for the Tigers. A poor throw from SU quarterback Eric Dungey with four minutes left in the first quarter was intercepted by Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter. Fifty-five seconds later, Deshaun Watson waltzed into the end zone with no contest from Orange defenders. This was just the beginning of Clemson's touchdown derby against the Orange. On the first drive of the second quarter, Deon Cain caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Watson. The touchdown drive took the Tigers just 31 seconds. 

Clemson would continue to score, racking up 54 points against the Orange defense. Syracuse could not get its offensive motors running throughout the game. After a hard hit knocked out Dungey with just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers called on Austin Wilson over Zack Mahoney to enter the game. In the first half, the Orange would not see the red zone and Wilson would throw for 48 yards and one interception. These stats were almost identical to Dungey's in his almost twelve minutes of play. 

The loss was the first time a Dino Babers coached team has been shutout.

"It’s disappointing but yet it's exciting because we know what we're shooting for and we are shooting for a doggone good football team like Clemson," Babers said. 

Syracuse will look for redemption when it returns to action at the Carrier Dome against NC State Nov. 12. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.  




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