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Syracuse - Maryland Postgame Reactions OR Sorry Randy

Beating Maryland would give me that smile too.
The Orange headed down to College Park hoping to get a win. Instead they prevented Maryland from scoring a touchdown and left with a win. While some fools thought it was a Maryland collapse against a "very bad" Syracuse team, we all know that Syracuse played a good game with strong defense and a rushing attack that finished off Maryland 30-3.
It started with a great drive down the field, but then the offense sputtered out. Syracuse was 3-14 on third down, but did lead in yardage with 382 and they were 2-2 on fourth down. Terrel Hunt (15/24, 140 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT) did not have a great day. Luckly Jerome Smith (28 car, 118 yds, 4.2 avg, 2 TD) did have a great day. He was the majority of the offense.
Syracuse limited Maryland to 292 yards, 19 first downs, 5-17 on third downs, and 1-4 on fourth down. In general Syracsue played great defense in the game up front and pretty good defense in the secondary. The front line harassed Maryland's QB all day. Syracuse also managed two INTs on the day, which always helps.
Special Teams
Ryan Norton came back and drilled two field goals with a long of 34 yards. He also added two extra points. Coverage was good, and returns were good. What was not good was a kick catch interference penalty that Syracuse got on their coverage, but that was an absolute incorrect call.
In general you had to like the offensive play calling in this game, as well as the decisions to go for it when Syracuse had fourth down. But 12 penalties for 115 yards is ridiculous. This team has to improve it's dicipline, and that starts with the coaching.
B+ (3.25)
Overall a great effort led to a nice win for the Orange. And that put Syracuse with more chances to get to a bowl game than not.
Syracuse will now play the buzzsaw that is Florida State. That probably won't go well. But that's a story for tomorrow.

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