SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When the clock ticked to zero on Saturday and Syracuse had beaten another marquee team at home, Orange coach Dino Babers didn't have to flinch.
"I didn't get hit with any ice or water," said Babers, in his third season at Syracuse. "That means that they expected to win. A lot of guys thought that we could do that, thought we had a chance. It was good to see them follow through."
In retrospect, Babers probably would have enjoyed an icy bath - the temperature in the Carrier Dome was stifling, hovering near 90 degrees after the Orange had soundly defeated Florida State 30-7 with backup quarterback Tommy DeVito at the helm in the decisive second half.