1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team

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1987 Syracuse Orangemen football
1988 Sugar Bowl, Tie, v. Auburn, 16–16
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 4
1987 record 11–0–1
Head coach Dick MacPherson
Home stadium Carrier Dome
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

The 1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team finished 11–0–1 and tied Auburn in the 1988 Sugar Bowl.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 5 Maryland Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY W 35–11  
September 12 Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 20–3  
September 19 Miami (OH) Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY W 24-10  
September 26 at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 35–21  
October 3 at Missouri Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO W 24–13  
October 17 No. 10 Penn State No. 13 Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY W 48–21  
October 24 Colgate No. 9 Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY W 52–6  
October 31 at Pittsburgh No. 8 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 24–10  
November 7 at Navy No. 8 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 34–10  
November 14 Boston College No. 6 Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY W 45–17  
November 21 West Virginia No. 6 Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY W 32–31  
January 1 vs. No. 6 Auburn No. 4 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) T 16–16  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1987 team players in the NFL[edit]

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

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Dick MacPherson, Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award[2]
  • Dick MacPherson, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
  • Dick MacPherson, Paul Bear Bryant Award[3]
  • Dick MacPherson, Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award
  • Don McPherson, Sammy Baugh Trophy[4]
  • Don McPherson, Maxwell Award[5]
  • Don McPherson, Davey O’Brien Award
  • Don McPherson, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[6]
  • Don McPherson, Second in Heisman Trophy voting

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