Virginia Tech came into the Carrier Dome with the ACC Coastal in its grips. Unfortunately the Hokies, like many other former Big East football foes, came out of its meeting with Syracuse holding their hats and one step back from their stated goal.
The Orange jumped all over Virginia Tech early with big plays then got a great performance from the defense in the second half to seal a 31-17 win, a signature victory for Dino Babers in year one as Syracuse's head coach. Quarterback Eric Dungey threw for 311 yards, ran for 106 and led a triumphant 17 play, 75-yard touchdown drive late in the game to seal the 31-17 victory against the Hokies.
After the win, Syracuse fans flooded the field in the Carrier Dome to celebrate the first win against a ranked opponent in the Babers era.
Dino Babers, ever the emotional leader and one of the most unique characters in the ACC, gave Orange fans a locker room celebration video to remember.