Notre Dame vs Syracuse Series History


Notre Dame and Syracuse meet Saturday afternoon at the JMA Wireless Dome, the building once known by its more famous and recognizable name, The Carrier Dome. Ireland’s Fighting Will attempt to take another step towards bowl eligibility by Marcus FreemanThe season opener, as 16th-placed Syracuse looks to bounce back from a tough 27-21 loss at Clemson.


Notre Dame and Syracuse have met 10 times before, with the Irish holding a 7-3 series advantage. The Irish and Orange have met 4 times in the Brian Kelly era, with Notre Dame winning all the clashes.


2020 – Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 21
2018 – Notre Dame 36, Syracuse 3
2016 – Notre Dame 50, Syracuse 33
2014 – Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 15
2008 – Syracuse 24, Notre Dame 23
2005 – Notre Dame 34, Syracuse 10
2003 – Syracuse 38, Notre Dame 12
1963 – Syracuse 14, Notre Dame 7
1961 – Notre Dame 17, Syracuse 15
1914 – Notre Dame 20, Syracuse 0


2020 – Notre Dame wrapped up a perfect 10-0 regular season – that’s only as a full ACC member – with a 45-21 win over Syracuse in the season finale. The Irish got sloppy at times, but still racked up 285 passing yards and 283 rushing yards. Ian Book thrown for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns, running backs Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree each ran for over 100 yards, with Tyree doing most of his damage with a 94-yard flurry, one of the longest touchdown runs in Notre Dame history.

2018 – Wearing pinstripe jerseys paying tribute to the New York Yankees in a game against No. 12 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium, No. 3 Notre Dame went 11-0 with a dominating 36-3 victory over the Orange. Syracuse entered the game with a high-flying offense, but the Irish defense set the tone early by forcing and scoring three out on Syracuse’s first possession and intercepting. Eric Dungey on the second. Dungey was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter, and Orange’s offense never had a chance to get under the backup QB Tommy DeVito. Notre Dame held Syracuse to just 234 yards and forced 3 turnovers, giving Ian Book (who threw for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns) lots of cushion. Notre Dame beat USC 24-17 in the season finale, earning the Fighting Irish their first-ever berth in the college football playoffs.

2016 – In the first game since Brian Van Gorder was fired following the embarrassing loss to Duke at Notre Dame Stadium the previous weekend, Notre Dame defeated Syracuse 50-33 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Notre Dame’s defense didn’t play much better under Greg Hudson, although they picked up their first sack of the season (in game 5). However, DeShone Kizer was unstoppable, throwing for 471 yards and 3 touchdowns, including 2 for Equanime Saint-Brown, who had 182 yards on just 4 catches. Unfortunately, any momentum from Syracuse’s victory was destroyed the following week when the Irish went just 9-26 in a hurricane in a 10-3 loss to NC State.

2014 – Notre Dame improved to 4-0 with a 31-15 victory over Syracuse at the new MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Perhaps no better game sums up QB’s career better Everett Golson – so talented, yet so inconsistent. Golson threw two interceptions and also lost two fumbles, but also threw for 362 yards, 4 touchdowns, and set the Notre Dame record for most consecutive completions with 25.1 shy of the FBS record. Golson’s favorite target was Will Fullerwho finished with 119 receiving yards and 2 TDs. corey robinson and Torii Hunter Jr. also added touchdown receptions in the win. Notre Dame would defeat Stanford and North Carolina the next two weeks, propelling the Irish into the top five before the heartbreaking loss at Florida State that sent the 2014 season into a tailspin.

2008 – Notre Dame lost as a 19.5-point favorite to a 3-8 Syracuse team that had already fired the head coach Greg Robinson in which superior Maurice Crum Jr. called the worst loss of his career. The Fighting Irish took a 23-10 lead in the fourth quarter on a snowy senior day, and it was Syracuse QB Cameron Dantleythe son of basketball legend Notre Dame Adrian Dantley, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 42 seconds remaining. The game is best known for Notre Dame students throwing snowballs at Notre Dame players in an ugly scene, and Irish players have heard plenty of boos leaving the pitch. Somehow, despite the weather and negative energy in the stadium, Notre Dame still managed to impress an important visitor that day from Hawaii – Manti Te’owho would surprise the country with his commitment to Notre Dame a few months later and be the catalyst for the 2012 team that returned the program to glory.

2005 – Sixth-ranked Notre Dame hosted Syracuse on the senior day, and behind 270 passing yards from Brady Quinn and 123 rushing yards of Darius Walker, the Irish took a 34-10 victory. With the win, Notre Dame moved to 8-2 and extended their winning streak after the “Bush Push” loss to USC to 4 games. Notre Dame would beat Stanford 38-31 in the season finale behind Quinn’s 432 passing yards to secure a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.

1961 – Syracuse was a dominant program in the late 1950s and early 1960s and entered the 1961 game at Notre Dame Stadium ranked 10th.e in the country to face a 4-3 fighting Irish side. The Oranges were led by Ernie Davis, “The Express”, who later that season would become the first African-American recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Notre Dame led 14-0 before Syracuse scored two second-half touchdowns to take a 15-14 lead. Notre Dame had one last chance when they got the ball back with 17 seconds left and quickly got into position for a 56-yard field goal. Kicker Joe Perkowski missed badly, but a controversial penalty for the holder gave Notre Dame another 41-yard chance. Perkowski kicked the ball, lifting Notre Dame to victory 17-15.

Irish Breakdown Fans, be sure to get your Notre Dame tickets from SI Tickets HERE

Scroll to continue

Be sure to check out the Irish Breakdown message board, the Champions Lounge

Content of the Irish distribution

Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022

Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense

Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense


Become a premium member of Irish Breakdown, which gives you access to all our premium content and our premium message board! Click on the link below to find out more.


Make sure you stay locked in Irish Breakdown the whole time!

Join the Irish Breakdown community!
Subscribe to the Irish Breakdown YouTube channel
Subscribe to the Irish Breakdown Podcast on iTunes
Follow me on Twitter: @CoachD178
Follow me on Gettr:
Like and follow Irish Breakdown on Facebook

Sign up for Irish Breakdown’s FREE daily newsletter


Comments are closed.