2016 Syracuse Football THE Year in PICTURES

The 2016 season was filled with memorable moments and Cuse.com photographer Chuck Wainwright was there to capture them all. From head coach Dino Babers' debut to the team's exciting win over eventual ACC Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech, Wainwright had a front-row seat for Year 1 of #OrangeIsTheNewFast. Here's a look back through his lens.

Dino Babers' first game at the Carrier Dome featured spectacular debuts by wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (top right) and running back Moe Neal (bottom left) in a 33-7 Orange win against Colgate. It was also the site of an emotional reunion for brothers Eric and Matt Dungey (bottom right).
Amba Etta-Tawo (top) torched the Louisville secondary for 103 yards and two touchdowns on Sept. 9, while linebacker Parris Bennett (bottom) began his emergence as one of the team's defensive stalwarts with seven tackles against the Cardinals.
Running back Dontae Strickland recorded his first 100-yard rushing game with 127 yards on 30 carries Sept. 17 versus USF.
Syracuse's Sept. 24 trip to Connecticut was a successful one. Linebacker Zaire Franklin made a key stop on fourth-and-goal (top) and Amba Etta-Tawo (bottom) set the school record with 270 yards receiving in a 31-24 victory against the Huskies.
Quarterback Eric Dungey accounted for all five Orange touchdowns, including three rushing, versus Notre Dame on Oct. 1 at MetLife Stadium.
The Notre Dame game brought two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin back to MetLife Stadium (bottom). Ervin Philips nearly ran out of his jersey after making one of his six receptions (top left), while defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds was the picture of intensity (top right).
The Orange were forced to play through the remnants of Hurricane Matthew at Wake Forest on Oct. 8.

Back in the Carrier Dome for the first time in nearly a month, the Orange toppled No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 on Oct. 15 for their first win against a ranked opponent since 2012.

Eric Dungey threw for 311 yards and ran for 106 yards against the Hokies to become the first player in team history to pass for 300+ yards and rush for 100+ yards in the same game.
Defensive end De'Jon Wilson made his first start in the contest. He had a sack and recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Orange defense held the Hokies to 4-of-13 on third down.
Dontae Strickland accounted for two touchdowns, including this 16-yard TD run with 5:23 to play.

The Virginia Tech win also led to one of the signature moments of the 2016 college football season.

Two longtime rivals squared off at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 22 with Syracuse defeating Boston College 28-20 to even its record at 4-4.
Eric Dungey (top right) turned in another brilliant performance against the Eagles. He racked up 488 yards of total offense, including throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that Amba Etta-Tawo caught with one hand. (bottom right).
Zaire Franklin was one of three Orange defenders with double-digit tackles on Nov. 5 at Clemson.
The Orange took on the NC State Wolfpack Nov. 12 on Military Appreciation Day at the Carrier Dome. Quarterback Zack Mahoney (top left) made his first start of the year and threw a touchdown, while Daivon Ellison (bottom left) had 10 tackles.
The Nov. 19 game against Florida State marked the final Carrier Dome appearance for the 2016 seniors, including wide receiver Brisly Estime.
The Orange's season finale at Pittsburgh on Nov. 26 featured an FBS -record 137 points.
Quarterback Zack Mahoney (top left) accounted for a school-record seven touchdowns against the Panthers. All five of his passing TDs went to Amba Etta-Tawo (bottom left) who tied the ACC record for touchdown receptions.

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