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Syracuse gets a reprieve after struggling to beat Villanova by a point; a much-needed bye week

  • Syracuse's Prince-Tyson Gulley, center, charges past the Villanova defense during their game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Syracuse defeated Villanova, 27-26, in overtime. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

    Syracuse's Prince-Tyson Gulley, center, charges past the Villanova defense during their game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Syracuse defeated Villanova, 27-26, in overtime. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt throws a pass during their game against the Villanova at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Syracuse defeated Villanova, 27-26, in overtime. (AP/Heather Ainsworth)

    Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt throws a pass during their game against the Villanova at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Syracuse defeated Villanova, 27-26, in overtime. (AP/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syracuse's Kendall Moore, right, celebrates with teammates after his touchdown reception in the second overtime game Syracuse a 27-26 win over Villanova in an NCAA college football game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

    Syracuse's Kendall Moore, right, celebrates with teammates after his touchdown reception in the second overtime game Syracuse a 27-26 win over Villanova in an NCAA college football game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

Syracuse is unbeaten after one game. That's the good news for the Orange.

But there's a lot of not-so-good as the Orange have a bye week to sort things out following a precarious 27-26 victory over Villanova in double overtime.

Perhaps the biggest concern was starting quarterback Terrel Hunt punching opposing linebacker Dillon Lucas. He was ejected late in the first half.

Head coach Scott Shafer says Hunt fully understands the punch he threw at a Villanova defender is not condoned and regrets his action. Shafer says he met with Hunt and the quarterback apologized to his teammates.

The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Hunt was 10 of 17 for 94 yards and ran for 25 yards on three carries before departing.