0 Comments Published on 9.18.2015 by Brian Harrison
He may look unhappy, but he's 2-0.
The conference season started early for Syracuse and Wake. But hey, it was only Wake Forest after all. Syracuse couldn't have had an easier opponent. And that was necessary for Eric Dungey to get comfortable in his first start. Especially since he was just playing high school ball only a year ago. He performed well, and so did the defense. Syracuse won a game they never trailed in the 4th, 30 to 17.
Dungey (8/13, 221yds, 2 TD, 0 INT)didn't have a spectacular first half, but he had a stellar second half, including a 89yd pass to Brisly Estime, and a 53 yard pass to Steve Ishmael. The carries were spread out among the running backs and Dungey himself. All in all, they moved the ball well in the second half and earned 370 total yards and 15 first downs. They were an alarming 1/9 on third down conversions, but other than that, they had a pretty good day.
You gotta love three turnovers, one of which was a pick six 41 yards out. They limited Wake to 7 of 16 on third down as well. The three picks are the big achievement of this defense. They bent but never really broke during this game. And the scores Wake had were well earned, with the exception of their first TD. That's when the receiver just plain burned Syracuse. Upsetting. That's the only real bad play of the day though.
Solid day. Nothing fantastic but just doing your job. Cole Murphy was 3/3 on FG, the long of which was 39, as well as going 3/3 on XPs. Syracuse fair caught all of the punts, and only ran out one kickoff. Just doing the work is enough today. Remember when special teams was VERY special?
Some solid offensive play calling and even better defensive calls. Dungey apparently called his own plays in the huddle a few times, so the coaches can't get a perfect score, but that's still a solid day. Also, wut?!?
Syracuse put in a solid performance, and other than the offense stalling in the first few drives, there wasn't much to complain about in this one. The offense played well. The defense played well. And the game was really never in doubt the last 15 minutes. A solid game all around to go 2-0 (1-0).
Syracuse will now face Central Michigan, this time in the Carrier Dome. This should be another solid, but definitely beatable opponent. Syracuse should become 3-0 before the real tests start.