Miami outlasted Syracuse in a competitive, sloppy, and on occasion, chippy game at Hard Rock Stadium today, 27-19.
The Orange spent much of the day shooting itself in the foot on offense, but thanks to a great defensive effort, had a chance to tie the game when it got the ball back with 2:48 left in the game.
Quarterback Eric Dungey, coming off of his star turn in the team’s upset of Clemson, gutted out 100 rushing yards on 20 carries, but struggled to throw the ball, completing just 13-of-41 passes for 137 yards and four rough first-half interceptions. Run or throw, Dungey got hit on almost every play, and he was pretty fed up with things by the end.
On a 4th and 7 from his own 46, Dungey threw a pass to the sideline to Ervin Phillips, which was ruled incomplete. It looked like Phillips may have held on, but he was still well short of the first down marker, effectively ending the game. After the play, Dungey made his way to the Miami sideline, and started jawing with a ‘Canes assistant. He then moved in frustration onto big defensive tackle Anthony Moten and star linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.
Eric Dungey is ready to fight the entire Miami team by himself pic.twitter.com/HwQMoD7nbn
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 21, 2017
After the game officially ended, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz made his way to find Dungey and smooth things over.
Miami DC Manny Diaz sought out Eric Dungey after the game. Class act here. https://t.co/GRCTaE42ok
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 21, 2017
That’s definitely a nice gesture from Diaz, who clearly has respect for the tough Syracuse quarterback.
With the win, the No. 8 ‘Canes move to 6-0, and remain in first place in the ACC Coastal. Miami has never played in an ACC Championship Game, but that looks poised to change this year, and if Mark Richt’s team keeps rolling, it could potentially play for a lot more.