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When a coach does this, it usually costs 15 yards.
It was a good effort, but of course the Orange came up short. It was kind of stunning that they were just a score behind late in this game, but Clemson kept the game out of reach as the seconds ticked away. Clemson was your winner 37 to 27.
Offense
B-
Zach Mahoney (8/21, 80yds, 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 Rush TD) did the bare minimum though the air, but made it happen with his feet. The rest of the rushing attack fared pretty well also. The real issues were only 15 first downs and 3/13 on 3rd down. Otherwise, not bad.
Defense
B
The secondary was typically bad, but everyone overachieved playing the #1 team, who let Syracuse hang around deep into the 4th quarter. Not much to say. They overachieved. Can't hate that.
Special Teams
B
#DixonForHiesman. Sadly, Cole Murphy was only 2/3 on FGs, however, his long was 48. Pretty good.
Coaching
C
You can hate pass interference flags and argue judgment there. I get that. But arguing a hands to the face flag is pretty dumb. And then you get an extra 15 added on. Not smart. Granted it didn't really affect the outcome. But still. It's not wise. Additionally, I wish Shafer went for it on 4th Down late in the game when they were only down a score. You're playing #1. You're already not making a bowl in all likelihood. Why wouldn't you just try and play spoiler and go for the win at home against #1?
GPA
B- (2.68)
All in all, another fine effort from the kids. Unfortunately, these kind of games provide little to feel good about when the team then goes on to get blown out by far lesser teams. Either way though, this is about as good as you could have hoped for, other than a win. I can't hate how the team played all that much in this one.
Syracuse hits the road one more time this next weekend. At least the final two teams aren't ranked.

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