If nothing else, when you are the back-up to Syracuse starter Eric Dungey, you better be ready to play on short notice at all times.
Orange No. 2 signal caller Zack Mahoney has served in that role for the better part of two full seasons, and the 14-minute notice Mahoney received Saturday that he would start did not affect the senior at all.
Mahoney, the President of the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, under center does mean the Orange change their offensive mindset. Mahoney fired 60 passes, completing 33 of them for 384 yards and three touchdowns to claim the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honor.
In a wild ACC game at the Carrier Dome that featured more than 1,300 yards of total offense, Syracuse could not keep pace with the Demon Deacons down the stretch and fell 64-43. The Orange led 43-40 going into the final 15 minutes.
This is the third season Mahoney has been the No. 2 quarterback option for Syracuse. He’s attempted nearly 300 passes, thrown for almost 2,000 yards and has 18 career touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
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