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AP -- When the clock ticked to zero on Saturday and Syracuse had beaten another marquee team at home, Orange coach Dino Babers didn't have to Dontae strickland yahoo dating. A lot of guys thought that we could do that, thought we had a chance. It was good to see them follow through. In retrospect, Babers probably would have enjoyed an icy bath - the temperature in the Carrier Dome was stifling, hovering near 90 degrees after the Orange had soundly defeated Florida State with backup quarterback Tommy DeVito at the helm in the decisive second half.

SyracuseAtlantic Coast Conference now sits in an uncustomary spot in the conference - Dontae strickland yahoo dating for first with Boston College in the Atlantic Division - after snapping its five-game ACC losing streak.

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It's just the Orange's eighth start since Critics of the Seminoles complained that they were throttled by one of the worst defenses in the nation - Syracuse entered the game ranked th, but the figures were skewed by one forgettable quarter in a season-opening victory at Western Michigan. The Orange's secondary was caught off-guard during a point third-quarter surge by the Broncos, getting torched for yards.

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WMU had plays of 21, 31, 37, 59, 64 and 84 yards before quarterback Eric Dungey rescued the Orange in the fourth in a triumph. This week, Syracuse stands 78th in total defense and ranks second nationally, behind No.

The Orange have allowed eight conversions in 42 tries on third down after limiting the Seminoles to 1 of FSU had seven three-and-outs and faced six third downs of 10 yards or more. The Orange defense had several standout performances: The victory for the Orange, who have beaten both Clemson and Virginia Tech at home since Babers took over, earned Syracuse a couple of votes in this Dontae strickland yahoo dating AP Top 25 poll.

It also snapped a game losing streak against FSU dating back more than half a century, and Babers made a point of emphasizing that in another raucous postgame celebration. The last time it happened, the '66 Mustang was the baddest thing on the road,'' Babers shouted afterward in the jubilant locker room. Babers said Monday there were no concerns about Dungey, who sat out the second half against FSU after getting poked in the eye and suffering blurred vision that has since cleared up.

Dungey also appeared to have an issue with his right throwing arm early in the Dontae strickland yahoo dating, something that first surfaced in the season opener.

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