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Syracuse Football: SU Leads the Big East...For Now

Marisa BevilacquaCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2007

IconSyracuse fans across the country were in a state of shock Saturday as they watched Andrew Robinson lead their team to victory.

Yes, that’s right, I’m actually talking about the Syracuse University football team—the team that lost its first three games of the season and had failed to beat a ranked opponent or win a Big East road game since 2004.

Not only did the Orange pull off a victory this week, they did it against No. 18 Louisville, a team that has not lost at home since 2003.

Robinson threw for 423 yards, the third most in SU history. The defense managed to keep Louisville from scoring until the second quarter, and held the Cardinals, who had been averaging 55 points per game, to only 35.

So what exactly does this mean for SU football? Could it be the beginning of a new era?

Probably not. But for Robinson and his teammates, it at least means a little more respect on the Syracuse campus.

Students who were fed up with the team’s performance this season now have a little more faith. Nobody likes having to root for losers—especially the unforgiving students at SU.

Attendance at football games has been declining steadily, and those who do make the trek to the Carrier Dome don’t usually last past half time. But after Saturday’s miracle, I can assure you the student section at the Dome will be filled to capacity on Oct. 6 when the Orange takes on West Virginia.

Maybe, just maybe, they can pull it off again and hold their lead in the Big East...at least for another week.

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