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Another Close Loss: Syracuse comes close, misses game-tying FG at Florida State

Syracuse kicker Cole Murphy walks off the field in disbelief following a missed 43-yard field goal, resulting in a 27-24 loss at Florida State on Saturday. (PHOTO: ACC Network)

The Syracuse football program is growing accustomed to this trend.

At least this season, anyway.

The Orange has come close -- time, and time, and time again.

This time, it resulted in a 27-24 loss on the road at Florida State -- albeit a down season for the Seminoles.

Despite the 2-5 start prior to Saturday's game with Syracuse, the Seminoles still have some of the top talent in America.

That talent was on full display Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee.

Syracuse fans held their breath early in the game, though, as junior quarterback Eric Dungey went down with an apparent foot injury.

Dungey remained out of the game for the remainder of the first quarter and also some of the second quarter.

But then he returned -- in the second quarter -- just in time to lead the Orange down the field.

After being the recipient of a mega tape job to his right foot, Dungey returned and promptly threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Custis on fourth down.

The touchdown pass cut the Florida State lead to 14-7.

After allowing another Seminoles touchdown, Dungey marched the Orange right back down the field, resulting in a 34-yard touchdown pass to Steve Ishmael.

Syracuse entered the locker room only trailing 21-14.

The Orange stole back the momentum in the fourth quarter, though, as Dungey scored on a short yardage rushing touchdown to creep back within a single field goal, 27-24.

After an enormous third down stop, Syracuse got possession back with just over a minute remaining in regulation.

A chance to win was within clear sight.

Dungey proceeded to march the Orange down the field once again, leading Syracuse into field goal range.

With six seconds left on the clock, Cole Murphy entered the game with a chance to tie it up at 27-27.

However, Murphy missed wide left, keeling over in disbelief and Florida State players poured onto the field in celebration.

Syracuse had fallen, 27-24, and has yet to win a road game in 2017.

Orange head coach Dino Babers discussed the conversation he had with his kicker after the game.

"The post game speech -- Cole [Murphy] was in it," Babers said. "If you talk about what he's done over the entire year, if I'm not mistaken, he's missed four kicks this whole year. And it's not like he's kicked a little bit, he's kicked a lot. If someone asked me if I was going to take it before the season started, I'd say, 'heck yeah, I'll take it.' The thing that you can't take, is that you don't know where those four misses are going to be."

Syracuse will return to action on Saturday, November 11 when it hosts Wake Forest from the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on RSN.

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