Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, who has guided his alma mater out of the Big East's cellar during the past three seasons, watched the Orange upset No. 15 West Virginia 49-23 at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. It was Syracuse's first victory over a top-15 foe since 2002.
After going 4-8 in his first season as a head coach in 2009, Marrone led Syracuse to an 8-5 record last season. But beating the Mountaineers was the high mark of Marrone's tenure so far.
"We've been able to stay the course, never give up and keep building," Marrone said. "We just keep fighting, and I'm trying to do my best."