Eric Dungey ran for three touchdowns and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead No. 19 Syracuse to a 42-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
The Orange (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up the first score of the game and then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, starting with a 75-yard pass from Dungey to a wide-open Sean Riley. BC fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up Dungey’s 4-yard run to make it 14-7 and the Eagles (7-5, 4-4) never got any closer.
Dungey followed with a 2-yard touchdown run and also scored on an 18-yard quarterback sneak right before the half to give the Orange a 28-14 lead.
Riley caught five passes for 115 yards, and Dontae Strickland carried 20 times for 129 yards for Syracuse, which bounced back from a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame to win for the fifth time in six games.
Boston College finished with a three-game losing streak after opening the season 7-2 and rising to No. 17 in the AP Top 25.
Anthony Brown completed 17 of 37 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw two interceptions and fumbled away what may have been the Eagles’ last chance to come back.
BC running back AJ Dillon, who has been nursing an ankle injury, ran 12 times for 56 yards before leaving the game at halftime. Defensive ends Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray, two of the Eagles’ biggest stars, also left with injuries.
Reilly was so wide open on Syracuse’s first touchdown that Dungey was able to just loft it up to him. He waited for it to come down and then waltzed into the end zone.
The Eagles took advantage of a blown coverage by the Orange on a 69-yard connection from Brown to Jeff Smith that made it 21-14.
The Orange finished with nine wins for the first time since 2001 and were second only to Clemson in the ACC. The Eagles concluded with a three-game losing streak and — unless they win their bowl game — their fifth seven-win season in six years under coach Steve Addazio.
Syracuse: The Orange will be a candidate for the Camping World Bowl.
Boston College: The Eagles could be headed for the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, or the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, both on Dec. 31.
Source: The Associated Press