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Dungey leads Syracuse over Western Michigan, 55-42

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) When Tim Lester recruited Eric Dungey to play quarterback at Syracuse a few years ago, games like Friday night were what he envisioned.

Just not against Lester's team.

The Syracuse quarterback compiled 384 yards of total offense, leading the Orange to a 55-42 victory against Western Michigan, returning in the second half after it looked like he might have a short night.

The Broncos are led by Lester, the former offensive coordinator at Syracuse, who was the main recruiter for Dungey when he was an unheralded high school player our of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He thanked his former coach on the field after the game.

''I just told him, thank you for everything,'' Dungey said. ''He's very competitive and I'm very competitive, so I'm glad I could come out on top in this one.''

It looked like it would be an easy one for the Orange, who scored the first 17 points of the game and led 34-7 at halftime.

Dungey connected with Jamal Custis six times for 168 of his 184 passing yards. The senior wide receiver set career highs with those numbers, in addition to two touchdowns.

But when Syracuse coach Dino Babers inserted backup quarterback Tommy DeVito, a redshirt freshman, Western Michigan charged back, scoring 21 straight points after halftime.

Quarterback Jon Wassink found D'Wayne Eskridge for two touchdowns and LeVante Bellamy had a 64-yard touchdown to pull within 34-28.

That's when Dungey came back, leading three straight drives for touchdowns.

''He's like a river behind a dam, you've got to hold him off,'' Babers said. ''I wanted to see if we could battle out of that without him. But we didn't get that done, so we put him back in.''

Syracuse's Kielan Whitner intercepted Wassink on the first play of the fourth quarter. On the next play, Dungey scored a 27-yard run to go up 55-35.

Dungey rushed for 200 yards, a Syracuse record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

''He's a really good player, and we knew that coming in,'' Lester said of his former recruit. ''The plan early on was to run the ball and try to control the clock, but they buried us early and so we had to switch things up. We didn't have the consistency in our run game that we want yet.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: Dungey proved he's one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, and the Orange defense was good early. After the quarterback missed the final three games last season - and the defense gave up 54.0 points per game in that stretch - the first half gave fans reason to believe after dropping five straight to finish 4-8 last year.

Western Michigan: The Broncos were pummeled early on but rallied. But despite losing their 13th season opener in 14 years, Western Michigan has reached a bowl game in six of those seasons. Western Michigan will have another shot at Syracuse in 2019 at the Carrier Dome.

MILESTONES

Wassink was 19-of-36 passing for a career-high 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Eskridge's 240 receiving yards was a career high to go with his two touchdowns. The junior's yardage output was the 12th most in Mid-American Conference history,

Freshman Jayden Reed caught seven passes for 121 yards and his first career touchdown for Western Michigan.

EXPERIENCE SHOWS

With DeVito under center, the Orange had 55 yards on 13 plays, with all five drives coming up empty on the scoreboard. With Dungey in, Syracuse gained 505 yards on 77 plays.

SCARY SCENE

Western Michigan junior running back Davon Tucker was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering an upper body injury blocking on a kickoff return, but was walking around the locker room after the game.

Tucker appeared to injure his head or neck when he lowered his head for a collision in the first quarter while blocking for the return.

''When I went out to check on him I feared the worst, but when he talked to me, with his face mask still buried in the turf, I could sense the smile and that he was OK,'' Lester said. ''I told the guys in the huddle that Tuck was being Tuck and they were super relieved.''

EARLY EXIT

Syracuse guard Evan Adams and Western Michigan linebacker Drake Spears were ejected following a skirmish in the third quarter.

DARING DEBUTS

Western Michigan has played a Power 5 school to open the season every year since 2005. The Broncos are 1-13 in those games, beating Northwestern in 2016.

Western Michigan is 1-7 against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange host FCS program Wagner in its home opener on Sept. 8.

Western Michigan: The Broncos play at No. 14 Michigan on Sept. 8. Western Michigan is winless in six games against the Wolverines.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:50
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
55
42
Touchdown 2:50
16-J.Wassink complete to 87-J.Reed. 87-J.Reed runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
98
yds
02:41
pos
55
41
Point After TD 14:46
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
55
35
Touchdown 14:46
2-E.Dungey runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
27
yds
00:06
pos
54
35
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:48
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
48
35
Touchdown 0:48
4-D.Strickland runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
59
yds
01:03
pos
47
35
Point After TD 1:56
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
35
Touchdown 1:56
16-J.Wassink runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
00:49
pos
41
34
Point After TD 2:45
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
28
Touchdown 2:45
2-E.Dungey complete to 17-J.Custis. 17-J.Custis runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
02:27
pos
40
28
Point After TD 5:19
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
28
Touchdown 5:19
2-L.Bellamy runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
66
yds
00:44
pos
34
27
Point After TD 7:32
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
21
Touchdown 7:32
16-J.Wassink complete to 7-D.Eskridge. 7-D.Eskridge runs 84 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
95
yds
01:13
pos
34
20
Point After TD 14:06
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
14
Touchdown 14:06
16-J.Wassink complete to 7-D.Eskridge. 7-D.Eskridge runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
58
yds
00:40
pos
34
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:31
91-A.Szmyt 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
58
yds
01:24
pos
34
7
Point After TD 11:53
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
7
Touchdown 11:53
4-D.Strickland runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
73
yds
02:57
pos
30
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:51
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
7
Touchdown 0:51
21-M.Neal runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
68
yds
02:19
pos
23
7
Point After TD 3:14
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 3:14
2-L.Bellamy runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
90
yds
03:21
pos
17
6
Point After TD 6:39
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
0
Touchdown 6:39
21-M.Neal runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
47
yds
01:32
pos
16
0
Field Goal 9:37
91-A.Szmyt 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
22
yds
01:50
pos
10
0
Point After TD 11:36
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:42
2-E.Dungey complete to 17-J.Custis. 17-J.Custis runs 27 yards for a touchdown
4
plays
59
yds
0:43
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 26 24
Rushing 17 7
Passing 7 14
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 7-17 2-10
4th Down Conv 2-3 1-2
Total Net Yards 555 619
Total Plays 88 64
Avg Gain 6.3 9.7
Net Yards Rushing 334 242
Rush Attempts 62 28
Avg Rush Yards 5.4 8.6
Net Yards Passing 221 377
Comp. - Att. 11-26 19-36
Yards Per Pass 8.5 10.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-5 1-2
Penalties - Yards 5-45 6-45
Touchdowns 7 6
Rushing TDs 5 3
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 4-43.8 5-36.6
Return Yards 163 55
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 7-141 4-55
Int. - Returns 2-22 0-0
Kicking 9/9 6/7
Extra Points 7/7 6/6
Field Goals 2/2 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Syracuse 1-0 241014755
W. Michigan 0-1 7028742
221 PASS YDS 377
334 RUSH YDS 242
555 TOTAL YDS 619
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.8% 184 2 0 152.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.8% 184 2 0 152.9
E. Dungey 7/19 184 2 0
T. Devito 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44.4% 42 0 0 83.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44.4% 42 0 0 83.6
T. Devito 4/9 42 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 200 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 200 1
E. Dungey 15 200 1 49
M. Neal 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 82 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 82 2
M. Neal 28 82 2 9
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 38 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 38 2
D. Strickland 11 38 2 15
T. Devito 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 14 0
T. Devito 8 14 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Custis 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 168 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 168 2
J. Custis 6 168 2 50
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 22 0
D. Strickland 1 22 0 22
R. Pierce 6 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 19 0
R. Pierce 2 19 0 11
M. Neal 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
M. Neal 2 17 0 10
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Riley 0 0 0 0
D. Butler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Butler 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Foster 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
E. Foster 10-0 0.0 0
K. Whitner 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
K. Whitner 6-0 0.0 1
S. Bradshaw 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
S. Bradshaw 5-0 0.0 0
R. Guthrie 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Guthrie 4-0 0.0 0
C. Fredrick 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Fredrick 3-0 0.0 0
T. Williams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 3-0 0.0 0
A. Armstrong 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
A. Armstrong 2-2 0.0 0
K. Coleman 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
K. Coleman 2-0 1.0 0
D. Clarke 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Clarke 1-0 0.0 0
M. Williams 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-1 0.0 0
K. Jonathan 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Jonathan 1-0 0.0 0
A. Robinson 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Slayton 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Slayton 1-1 0.0 0
A. Cordy 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Cordy 0-1 0.0 0
A. Cisco 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
A. Cisco 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Szmyt 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 7/7
SEASON FG XP
2/2 7/7
A. Szmyt 2/2 43 7/7 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Hofrichter 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 43.8 3
S. Hofrichter 4 43.8 3 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Ruff 45 DL
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 22 0
K. Ruff 2 20.5 22 0
S. Cullen 24 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 22 0
S. Cullen 2 21.0 22 0
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
D. Strickland 1 23.0 23 0
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
S. Riley 1 16.0 16 0
C. Elmore 36 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
C. Elmore 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Wassink 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.8% 379 3 2 157.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.8% 379 3 2 157.6
J. Wassink 19/36 379 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Bellamy 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 121 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 121 2
L. Bellamy 11 121 2 64
J. Bogan 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 68 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 68 0
J. Bogan 6 68 0 58
C. Brown 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 40 0
C. Brown 4 40 0 13
J. Wassink 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 14 1
J. Wassink 7 14 1 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Eskridge 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 240 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 240 2
D. Eskridge 8 240 2 84
J. Reed 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 121 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 121 1
J. Reed 7 121 1 37
D. Harris 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Harris 1 12 0 12
L. Bellamy 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 6 0
L. Bellamy 3 6 0 6
O. Miller 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
O. Miller 0 0 0 0
J. Hall 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Hall 0 0 0 0
G. Ricci 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. Ricci 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Thomas 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
A. Thomas 10-2 0.0 0
A. Grace 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
A. Grace 9-3 0.0 0
J. Tranquill 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
J. Tranquill 7-1 0.0 0
C. Moment 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
C. Moment 6-0 0.0 0
S. Claiborne 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
S. Claiborne 5-0 0.0 0
D. Spears 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Spears 4-2 0.0 0
D. Ginwright 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Ginwright 4-1 0.0 0
A. Balabani 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Balabani 3-0 0.0 0
A. Curtis 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Curtis 3-1 0.0 0
W. French 66 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
W. French 3-0 0.0 0
A. Fayad 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
A. Fayad 3-3 1.0 0
T. Motz 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Motz 2-0 0.0 0
N. Clayton 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
N. Clayton 2-2 0.5 0
T. Hayward 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Hayward 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dowels 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Dowels 1-0 0.0 0
K. Guillory 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Guillory 0-1 0.5 0
K. Aguirre 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Aguirre 0-1 0.0 0
R. Holley 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Holley 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Grant 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
0/1 6/6
J. Grant 0/1 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Mihalic 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 36.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 36.6 1
N. Mihalic 5 36.6 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Bellamy 2 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 13.8 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 13.8 18 0
L. Bellamy 4 13.8 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 CUSE 41 1:10 4 59 TD
11:27 WMICH 30 1:50 6 22 FG
8:11 CUSE 48 1:32 7 52 TD
3:10 CUSE 37 2:19 7 63 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 CUSE 32 2:57 10 68 TD
10:55 CUSE 17 1:24 6 58 FG
3:11 CUSE 20 3:00 9 24 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 CUSE 47 0:00 1 11 Fumble
14:01 CUSE 41 0:54 3 1 Punt
11:25 CUSE 22 2:33 7 40 Punt
7:25 CUSE 18 1:15 3 -3 Punt
5:12 CUSE 40 2:27 9 60 TD
1:51 CUSE 41 1:03 4 59 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 WMICH 27 0:06 1 27 TD
12:44 WMICH 33 7:08 12 32 Downs
2:47 WMICH 20 2:20 6 19
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WMICH 25 2:02 4 11 Punt
11:32 WMICH 22 0:00 1 78 INT
9:32 WMICH 15 1:17 3 9 Punt
6:35 WMICH 10 3:21 7 90 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:51 WMICH 25 0:46 3 2 Punt
11:52 WMICH 25 0:45 3 4 Punt
9:21 WMICH 19 6:05 15 74 FG Miss
0:02 WMICH 19 0:00 1 13 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 WMICH 42 0:40 2 58 TD
13:00 WMICH 14 1:29 4 30 Punt
8:45 WMICH 5 1:13 3 95 TD
6:03 WMICH 34 0:44 2 66 TD
2:45 WMICH 25 0:49 3 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:48 WMICH 25 0:35 3 48 INT
14:40 WMICH 15 1:50 7 52 Downs
5:31 WMICH 2 2:41 7 98 TD