0 Comments Published on 11.30.2012 by Brian Harrison
Doug Marrone: Bad Ass Coach
Syracuse didn't need another win, but it would have been nice just to finish the season, and their final Big East Football game with a win. Syracuse got off to another slow start, but came back to beat Temple and avenge their last game against each other ten years ago. Syracuse finishes off the Owls 38 to 20.
Syracuse, despite starting offensively slow, earned 24 first downs, converted 10-17 from third down, and 1-2 on fourth down. They earned 475 total yards, earning the majority on the ground. Ryan Nassib (16/28, 255yds, 1 TD, 0 INT) also had a slow start and really overthrew several balls, but settled down in the second half. The real stars were Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley, and Adonis Ameen-Moore. They all ran the ball well, with Smith earning 96 yards, PTG gets 83 yards and a touchdown, and Ameen-Moore earned 57 yards with two touchdowns. A solid day from the offense all things considered. Despite the two fumbles that is.
Syracuse got burned early and often in the first half. And then on the first Temple drive in the second half. But Syracuse then did better on offense and that resulted in Syracuse's defense getting more rest and performing better in the second half. Keon Lyn earned two interceptions. One in garbage time, but the other resulted in putting the game out of reach for Temple. The defense looked unremarkable in the first half, but tightened up and managed to pressure the quarterback in the second half. Oh and it seemed they learned how to stop the run and tackle again. Refreshing.
Ross Krautman was 1/1 on field goals (26 yards) and hit five extra points. The kicking and punting games were good and coverage was good. No complaints here.
Syracuse had a high amount of penalties in this game, especially after having two games with a lower average number than they have earlier in the season. But, the halftime adjustment to run the ball more clearly worked well and Syracuse was able to dominate the scoring in the second half to put the game out of reach. I also like the calls when Syracuse went for it on fourth down that they made, despite only converting 1/2.
While the game started off rough, and seemed to not get much better in the first half, Syracuse played a strong second half and the defense assured that Temple was done. Syracuse will now be guaranteed a winning season, and leave the Big East on a positive note. Orange::44 wishes those left behind well in their future endeavors.
Syracuse now just waits to find out what Bowl Game they will attend (Pinstripe). The Big East is done for Syracuse. It's been real. We're out.