Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: More than at earlier junctions this season, an SU football defeat could not be put on quarterback Tommy Devito. When the Orange fell 38-24 to Duke on October 10, Devito absorbed five sacks from Blue Devils defenders, but still managed to complete 13 of 26 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 79-yard strike to his favorite receiver, Taj Harris, early in the first quarter, a small indicator of how explosive the team was when it won 10 games two seasons ago.
SOS Rewind and Archive: This is the 25th anniversary of a 1995 SU football team that never lost a game in October. At 3-1 going into the month, the Orange handled the Temple Owls 31-14, then piled up points against Eastern Michigan in a 52-24 decision and then restored bragging rights against another Big East rival, the West Virginia Mountaineers, winning big 30-7, which ultimately pointed toward a New Year’s Day appearance in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and a 41-0 shutout of Clemson.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Aside from all his special work and talents off the field, Tim Green owns many spots on SU’s all-time list of defensive statistics. In fact, Green had the three best single-season sack totals in the 20th century- 15 sacks in 1984, 14 1/2 in 1983, 13 1/2 in 1985. And those numbers remain near the top of the list, only topped in 2001 when another SU great who went on to professional glory, Dwight Freeney, notched 17 1/2 sacks to top the 13 earned in the 2000 season.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: This week the SU football tea would host Liberty. It is the lone non-conference game for the Orange in this pandemic-altered season. Liberty moved up to the FBS ranks of football a few years ago, and to help them along SU went to Lynchburg, Virginia to open the 2019 season. SU won that game over the Flames 24-0, but in the year since Liberty had improved a lot, which made the rematch in the Dome far more daunting.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: When the SU football team returned to action on Ocober 10 to face the Duke Blue Devils at the Dome, it met with the same result that it did against its first two ACC foes, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. Though the Orange netted a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, the Blue Devils found the end zone three times before the half. Then Duke added a pair of field goals and a late touchdown to put away a 38-24 decision that pushed the Orange to 1-3 .