Syracuse falls short against NC State, 36-29 (full coverage)

Syracuse took visiting NC State to the wire, advancing to the Wolfpack seven-yard line before running out of downs, in a 36-29 Orange loss at the Carrier Dome.

NC State improved to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the ACC, while Syracuse slipped to 1-9, 1-8.

Wide receiver Taj Harris had a career day, hauling in a personal-best 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown, and linebacker Mikel Jones created yet another takeaway, with his fourth interception on the year, a mark that ranks first in the ACC and third in FBS football. Rover Ja’Had Carter finished with 13 total tackles, a career-best.

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The Syracuse football team will host NC State on Saturday, for the home finale.

While the Orange’s record isn’t what they’d hoped, head coach Dino Babers‘ team has faced a uniquely challenging season unlike any other head on. While the team’s focus remains on the Wolfpack and trying to win each of the next two weeks, Babers has appreciation for his team’s diligence and sacrifice that has even allowed the Orange to safely get to the last week in November with football still being played.

“These guys have done a fantastic job,” Babers said. “My hat goes off to [Chancellor] Kent Syverud, [Director of Athletics] John Wildhack and the players on this football team that have been able to do this thus far. We’re nine games in with an opportunity to go for 10 and 11. Based on everything that has gone on, they’ve come together and done an amazing job.

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