Camping World Bowl – Dec 28

Syracuse Orange (7-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3)

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SYRACUSE | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Dino Babers

Syracuse Players to watch:

***Freshman K Andre Szmyt (6-1/195)

All-American K Andre Szmyt of Syracuse won this year’s Lou Groza Award.
Photo: Syracuse University

Szmyt leads the FBS in field goals made (28), field goals attempted (32), field goals per game (2.33), and points per game (11.8). He is second the nation in scoring (141 points) and tied for eighth in the FBS in field-goal percentage (.875). His 141 points are a Syracuse record and rank third on the ACC single-season scoring list.

Senior WR Jamal Custis (6-5/228)

Custis is Syracuse’s leading receiver with 826 yards and six touchdown catches. He’s posted two 100-yard games this season, including a career-best 168 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. In 39 career games for the Orange, Custis has 59 receptions for 968 yards and eight scores.

***Freshman DB Andre Cisco (6-0/186)

The ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, Cisco is tied atop the national leader board with seven interceptions. Cisco also has 11 pass breakups, giving him 18 passes defended, tied for the most in the country among freshmen. His 51 tackles (41 solo) rank fifth on the team. He also has a forced fumble.

*Junior DE Alton Robinson  (6-3/256)

Robinson is second in the ACC with 17 tackles for loss. The defensive end leads Syracuse with 10 sacks — tied for the second-best mark in the conference.

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WEST VIRGINIA | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Dana Holgorsen

West Virginia Players to watch:

Senior WR David Sills V (6-4/201)

Sills was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the second consecutive year.
Photo: WVU Athletics

Sills led the Mountaineers with 61 catches and 15 touchdowns and was second on the team with 896 receiving yards. He is the only player at West Virginia to finish two different seasons with at least 15 receiving touchdowns.

Senior OT Yodny Cajuste (6-5/318)

Cajuste is considered, by most, to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He helped block for an offense that ranks first in the Big 12 in passing yards and second in total yards and scoring. He saw action on 708 snaps this year.  (Update: Cajuste will not be playing in the bowl game.)

*Junior LB David Long, Jr. (6-11/221)

WVU DC Tony Gibson called junior linebacker David Long Jr. the “most impactful” defensive player he’s ever coached.  Long, Jr. had 97 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks this year. He was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Associated Press second-teams.

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Camping World Bowl
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18

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