Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: This was Rex Culpepper’s moment in the spotlight, and the SU football backup quarterback did enough to merit some respect even as the Orange lost 38-21 to Liberty on October 17. Culpepper threw 40 passes (and needed to with his team trailing most of the way), completing 19 of those passes for 211 yards and landing three touchdowns against one interception. It would not be the last time Culpepper would get called on this autumn.
SOS Rewind and Archive: It’s Clemson week so it’s only fitting that we turn back to the Orange’s finest moment in its budding series with the Tigers. In the middle of the 2017 season – on Friday the 13th in October, no less -, Clemson arrived at the Dome sporting the no. 2 ranking and SU had a modest 3-3 mark. No matter – the Orange won that night, 27-24, by far the biggest victory in Dino Babers’ coaching tenure and one of the few times any ACC foe got the better of the Tigers in recent years.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: It’s little surprise that Donovan McNabb, Eric Dungey, Don McPherson and Marvin Graves sit among the top five in SU football history in terms of touchdown passes. Who is the fifth guy? It’s Ryan Nassib, who played at SU from 2009 to 2012 and, by the time he was done, accumulated 75 touchdown passes, more than McPherson and Graves and third overall. He also has the single-season record of 3,891 passing yards achived in the 2012 season.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: It’s clear that Eric Dungey was the most beloved SU football player of recent memory with all the time he put in at the most critical position on the field. Lots of it stemmed from that October 13, 2017 upset of Clemson at the Dome, where Dungey was nearly flawless against the vaunted Tigers defense, completing 20 of 32 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns without an interception while also gaining 61 yards on the ground.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Just when it looked like SU football would rise out of its season-long struggles against an opponent outside the ACC bubble, the Liberty Flames arrived at the Dome on October 17 and, completely turning around its 24-0 defeat to the Orange in the 2019 season opener, won on this occasion 38-21, scoring a pair of touchdowns in both the first and third quarters to build a lead the hosts could not overcome as its overall record fell to 1-4.