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I expected us to lose the game yesterday. I was under no illusion that we were going to pull the game out. However, I did not think it was going to be this bad. The Dome was no less than 85 degrees with about 90% humidity, thus nothing was too enjoyable on a day that could have at least been entertaining. With a special shout out to the folks at 125 Kensington with their thoughts on the game, we go to the report card. Have a cold adult beverage ready to help you cope.
Offense
D-
We actually got a couple touchdowns, therefore they couldn’t get the fail this week, but it was a poor showing. DROPSIES!!! After Robinson floated the ball perfectly to Rice Moss to get a touchdown, he had the worst drop we have seen all season. Not that it would have put us back in the game, but if you are a wide receiver, that is simply fundamentals and should have never been dropped. Rushing was its usual sad self. Brinkley managed to get a nice touchdown from one yard out, but only gained 50 yards on 18 carries. Doug Hogue had a decent day with 34 yards on eight carries, but that is still unimpressive. Andrew Robinson (5/15, 100yds, 1 TD, 2 INT) played well, even though the stats do not reflect it. The interceptions really were not his fault, but Robinson could have played better. All in all a poor, poor day.
Defense
D-
While I cannot give the F because they managed to limit Steve Slaton to 69 yards, our rush defense was awful. Pat White, and a multitude of other gentlemen proceeded to run all over us, racking up 251 total rush yards and five touchdowns. They were who we thought they were, and we crowned them supreme rushing leaders of the Big East. At least that is how they looked. Pass coverage was passable, but nothing special. No interceptions for Joe 5 Fields this week, and McClain was not special today either. Our defense was barely afloat. Why do we give WVU receivers a five yard buffer at minimum, and why do we play terrible zone coverage when we know that it is not working? Why not try some man coverage? It could not be worse than WVU quarterbacks picking apart our loose zone coverage.
Special Teams
A-
I was very impressed with our kick returns and special teams today. Mike Holmes had 118 yards on three returns, including a long return of 64 yards. West Virginia had no answers for our return team except pooching the kick so that the return coverage had no time to set up again. Rob “Heisman” Long again demonstrated a strong and accurate leg, and Pat “Fat Ass” Shadle contributed 2/2 on extra point tries. A solid day for special teams.
Coaching
D-
A terrible job coaching this game. In the Louisville game, they were coaching like they had nothing to lose, opening up the playbook, going out there and just having fun. The only way we had a chance Saturday was to, again, open the playbook, play like we had nothing to lose, be loose, and just go for it. We played too conservative for a game versus West Virginia. Also, while the team executed it well, calling a fake field goal on fourth and eight is not advisable. Forth and four, fine, but forth and eight was just asking for a turnover instead of a nice trick play conversion. You need to set your players up for success. Just because you can get that first down in practice, does not mean you can do it against WVU. I an once again convinced that Greg Robinson and his staff were replaced by people that actually know football for the L’ville game and are now back to make mediocre decisions that do not help the team.
GPA
D (1.08)
Pretty much everything that could go wrong did. While Slaton and White together could not do it together, the rest of West Virginia clearly got the job done. The offense stalled because of the wide receivers, defense played with no marbles, and the one bright spot, special teams, could not do it alone. With terrible coaching moves, and people not seeming to know what to do on the Syracuse staff, this turned out to be the most points scored against a Syracuse team at home ever. Once again, WVU was who we thought they were, and so was Syracuse.
Next Saturday we take on Rutgers in the Carrier Dome at noon on a very special Homecoming weekend. Stay tuned for Homecoming coverage all next week, along with a guide to Homecoming if you are making the trip. See some old friends, remember the good times, and think back fondly upon your drinking days at Darwin’s, Faegan’s, and yes, maybe even Chuck’s. Until next time remember, we were never always this bad, and some day we will be good again. I hope.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to the WVU fans in the dome for not shitting in our bleachers!

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1 Responses to “West (Fuckin') Virginia - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Your Mascot is Still Just A Dude with a Gun”

  1. # Blogger Gregg

    Hang in there, basketball season is a month or so away! Just kidding. It's tough being a Syracuse fan now, but you guys really aren't playing that bad. Turnovers killed you. I think Robinson is going to be a good QB.  

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