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1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team

The 1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Orangemen were led by seventh-year head coach Dick MacPherson and played their home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The team finished 11–0–1 and tied Auburn in the 1988 Sugar Bowl. The 11 wins by the Orangemen matched the school record set by the national champion 1959 team, and their 4th-ranked finish in the AP Poll was the first ranked finish since 1961.[2]

1987 Syracuse Orangemen football
Sugar Bowl, T 16–16 vs. Auburn
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1987 record11–0–1
Head coachDick MacPherson (7th season)
CaptainPaul Frase, Ted Gregory & Don McPherson[1]
Home stadiumCarrier Dome
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse           11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina           8 4 0
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Penn State           8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame           8 4 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Rutgers           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Memphis State           5 5 1
Northern Illinois           5 5 1
West Virginia           6 6 0
Tulane           6 6 0
Army           5 6 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Akron           4 7 0
Cincinnati           4 7 0
Louisville           3 7 1
Temple           3 8 0
Tulsa           3 8 0
Navy           2 9 0
Virginia Tech           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 5MarylandW 35–1135,234
September 12RutgersW 20–323,726
September 19Miami (OH)
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, New York
W 24–1033,838
September 26at Virginia TechW 35–2133,300
October 3at MissouriW 24–1336,773
October 17No. 10 Penn StateNo. 13
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, New York (rivalry)
W 48–2150,011
October 24ColgateNo. 9
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, New York (rivalry)
W 52–648,097
October 31at PittsburghNo. 8W 24–1052,714
November 7at NavyNo. 8W 34–1026,614
November 14Boston CollegeNo. 6
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, New York (rivalry)
W 45–1749,866
November 21West VirginiaNo. 6
  • Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse, New York (rivalry)
W 32–3149,866
January 1vs. No. 6 AuburnNo. 4T 16–1675,495
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1987 team players in the NFLEdit

Player Round Pick Position Club
Ted Gregory 1 26 Defensive end Denver Broncos
Tommy Kane 3 75 Wide receiver Seattle Seahawks
Paul Frase 6 146 Defensive end New York Jets
Don McPherson 6 149 Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles
Pat Kelly 7 174 Linebacker Denver Broncos
Tim Vesling 12 327 Kicker Indianapolis Colts

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Dick MacPherson, Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award[3]
  • Dick MacPherson, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
  • Dick MacPherson, Paul Bear Bryant Award[4]
  • Dick MacPherson, Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award
  • Don McPherson, Sammy Baugh Trophy[5]
  • Don McPherson, Maxwell Award[6]
  • Don McPherson, Davey O’Brien Award
  • Don McPherson, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[7]
  • Don McPherson, Second in Heisman Trophy voting
  • Don McPherson, unanimous first team All-American (AP, UPI, AFCA, FWAA, WCF, SN)
  • Ted Gregory, consensus first team All-American (FWAA, UPI, SN, FN, PFW)
  • Tommy Kane, Sporting News second team All-American

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2017 Syracuse football media guide pg. 150
  2. ^ "Syracuse Orange Football Record by Year". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.nssahalloffame.com/72/index.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com/Awards.htm#SAMMY Archived 2011-05-25 at WebCite
  6. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/maxwellaward.htm
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2008-01-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)