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They're back? Orange hit speed bump

After October to remember, Syracuse whiffs on first chance to clinch bowl berth

Updated: November 7, 2010, 1:26 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This was supposed to be the day for Syracuse -- validation day. After a surprising 6-2 start, the Orange -- a national laughingstock only two seasons ago -- needed to beat Louisville on Saturday to become bowl eligible and to secure their first winning season since 2001.

They learned a hard lesson at the Carrier Dome. It takes more than a day or a month or a season to reverse nearly a decade of disappointment. Sometimes it's a two-steps-forward, one-step-backward ...

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