0 Comments Published on 12.10.2015 by Brian Harrison
A nice end to the career of a great person.
The season mercifully concluded against Boston College after Thanksgiving. It was underwhelming to say the least. With a lame duck coach, Syracuse managed to beat Boston College as time expired. Sending Shafer into the sunset a winner one last time. BC lost to the Orange 20 to 17.
Zach Mahoney (11/25, 86yds, 1 TD, 0 INT) did enough. SU did enough. However, they mostly got their yards on the ground. Syracuse did just enough, and the final drive for SU continued enough to get the Orange in field goal range. And really, a few of SU's best drives were helped by penalties.
Keeping BC's QB limited to 1 completion was excellent. However, allowing 230 yards on the ground was bad. Really, if BC's QB was any good in this game, SU probably would have lost. Not good.
Riley Dixon shanked one early, but made up for it later in the game. However, that might have hurt his Heisman chances. Either way, the hero was Cole Murphy who hit a 49 yarder, but also the game winner.
Scott Shafer played the clock and play management perfectly on the final drive. No complaints.
A fitting end to Shafer's era. The team wasn't that impressive, but did enough to end up on top. And Shafer was carried off the field on the shoulder's of his players. Into the sunset.
We'll have more coverage of the new football coach and the state o the program, but really we're all focused on basketball. Plenty of that coming soon.