Tigers take first loss of season at Syracuse

By Libby Kehn
Clemson Athletic Comm.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 2 Clemson suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., a 27-24 upset by Syracuse.

Carl Ackerman/Courtesy Clemson Athletic Communications
Clemson freshman running back Travis Etienne sprints for a 52-yard touchdown during the Tigers’ 27-24 loss at Syracuse on Friday night.

With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 6-1 (4-1 ACC), while the Orange improved to 4-3 (2-1 ACC).

Syracuse scored on the first drive of the game, going 72 yards in 10 plays and 3:16, capped by a 23-yard pass from Eric Dungey to Dontae Strickland. The Tigers answered immediately, as Tavien Feaster scored his fourth touchdown of the season on a 37-yard run to end a 62-yard, three-play drive that lasted 1:07. The Orange regained the lead with 5:13 left in the first quarter on another long reception, this time to Ervin Philips for 66 yards.

The Clemson defense tied the score at 14-14 with 8:31 remaining in the first half when Tanner Muse recovered a fumble forced by Isaiah Simmons and raced 63 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.

Syracuse’s Cole Murphy kicked a 21-yard field goal with 3:49 left in the second quarter to give

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