What Are Some Facts About the Syracuse University Football Team?


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The history of Syracuse University football is traced to 1889, when the school fielded its first team. The school has played its home games at the Carrier Dome since 1980. While not considered one of college football's elite, the program has had successful runs and has turned out a number of All-Americans and NFL players.

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The Carrier Dome - the largest domed stadium on any campus in the country - boasts a football capacity of roughly 50,000 and is shared with the men's and women's basketball teams. The team previously played its home games at Archbold Stadium since 1907.

The most successful Syracuse team was the 1959 club, guided by Ben Schwartzwalder, the lone national championship team that capped an 11-0 season with a 23-14 victory over the Texas Longhorns. The club also finished undefeated in 1987, when it went 11-0-1 under head coach Dick McPherson, playing Auburn to a 16-16 tie in the Sugar Bowl, the start of a six-year span where the program went 56-14-3.

Arguably the greatest player to wear the Orange uniform was running back Jim Brown, who starred in Syracuse from 1954 to 1956 before being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft, en route to a Hall of Fame career. Fellow Hall member Larry Csonka, a pro Bowler on the Miami Dolphins undefeated 1972 team, donned the orange from 1965 to 1967. Other notable alums include Joe Morris, Art Monk, who retired as the NFL's all-time leading receiver, Marvin Harrison and Donovan McNabb.

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