Josh Black never envisioned his redshirt senior year at Syracuse would be like this - only one win and six consecutive losses heading into the final two games of the season. The next chance comes Saturday in the Carrier Dome against North Carolina State (6-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Syracuse (1-8, 1-7), coming off a 30-0 loss at Louisville, hasn't had a season this bad since it finished 1-10 in 2005 under Greg Robinson.
The last two games, however, have gone better for North Carolina State's defense. The Wolfpack look to continue producing on the defensive end Saturday afternoon when they visit last-place Syracuse. The Wolfpack (6-3, 5-3 ACC) enter Saturday with two straight wins after allowing a combined 92 points to the Tar Heels and Hurricanes.
For the second time this season, No. 21 Liberty found itself lining up for a late field goal to beat an Atlantic Coast Conference team on the road. Only this time, Vi Jones and North Carolina State came up with the play to end the Flames' perfect season. Jones blocked Alex Barbir's 39-yard field goal attempt with 1:18 left to help the Wolfpack beat Liberty 15-14 on Saturday night, handing the Flames their first loss of the year.