Syracuse football was led by legendary coach Ben Schwartzwalder, and Penn State by Rip Engle from 1950–1966 and Joe Paterno from 1967–2011.
From 1950 to 1970, Syracuse won 11 to Penn State's 10 games.
After an almost 20-year break in the series, the two programs played in Syracuse's Carrier Dome on September 13, 2008, with the Nittany Lions prevailing 55–13 over the Orange. The rivalry dates back to 1916, and has been played yearly since 1955. Often, these games have had a bearing on which collegiate program was the best in the East.
The Orange are coached by Dino Babers, who was hired on December 5, 2015, to succeed Scott Shafer.The team featured sophomore running back Ernie Davis, who went on to become the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961, and All-American tackle Ron Luciano, who eventually become a prominent Major League Baseball umpire.Davis was slated to play for the Cleveland Browns in the same backfield as Jim Brown, but died of leukemia before being able to play professionally.In 2015, fans and media noticed a significant uptick in the team's performance after they started the season 3–0, and played tough with eighth-ranked LSU at home, losing 34–24, in their fourth game of the season.Aside from Holy Cross, no team has played Boston College more than Syracuse.The Syracuse Orange football program is a college football team that represents Syracuse University.The team is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I conference that is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision.It was also the first game played on the Carrier Dome's new Field Turf.Reportedly, alumni such as Tim Green and Floyd Little wanted Marrone from the moment the previous coach Greg Robinson was fired, and when interviewed by Green, Marrone was found to have kept a folder of current high-school players in the Syracuse area to get a head start in recruiting.In 2010, the Orange finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since the 2001 season at 7–5, including road wins against number-19 West Virginia and two-time defending conference champion Cincinnati.Syracuse faced off against Boston College in the season finale.