Dungey (16/22, 150yds, 2 TD, 0 INT) had a fine day. Nothing spectacular, but nothing that would set the world on fire. He did have the play of the year though, rushing and leaping a defender for a TD, which was awesome. The rushing attack fared a little better, but again, nothing that would be considered elite. But, Syracuse did manage to put up 38 points. 21 first downs, 6/14 on 3rd down, 1/2 on 4th down, and 334 yards total. Not too bad.
The pass defense continues to be dreadful. And being gassed is no excuse for not making plays, no matter how many overtimes you have. SU allowed 25 first downs, 9/17 third downs, 1/1 on 4th, and 393 yards. Those numbers aren't horrific, but watching the game you know it was bad.
Another Heisman Effort for Riley Dixon. Cole Murphy had a rougher day, only making 1/3. The final one would have been a career long to go up 3 in the 3rd overtime. Not his fault. Either way, a good effort overall.
Conventional wisdom would have you go for the win in OT on the road by going for 2 on a play you run to perfection. Either way, the playcalling all day was pretty lackluster and did not set up Dungey for success.
A heartbreaking finish to a game that SU led most of the way. Not the best way to end your Saturday. Syracuse better get it together if they want to compete in the winnable games left on the schedule.
Syracuse has rival Pitt coming in this week. They have a change. Just like they did at Virginia. Limit mistakes and capitalize on your opponents. That's how they win overachieve.
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While not the best day, putting up 24 on #8 isn't a bad thing with your 5th string QB. Syracuse had 21 first downs (more than LSU), were 5/17 on 3rd down and 3/4 on 4th. Not too bad. SU possessed the ball about as much as LSU, but only earned 281 yards. Zach Mahoney (16/38, 154yds, 3 TD, 1 INT) had a pretty good day overall. The backs were pretty bottled up and shared duties but the rushing averaged four yards a carry, which isn't bad at all. LSU only went 3/10 on 3rd down as well. A pretty solid day.
All things considered, I think they did a pretty good job on Leonard Fournette. He did rack up 244yds and 2 TDs, but frankly it could have been worse. Syracuse gang tackled and stuffed the box as much as they could, so it was an admirable effort. Syracuse also got to the QB a fair amount as well. I'll take it.
I guess with nothing to lose, Shafer threw out his conservative tendencies and went for it on four 4th downs. He also risked a lot with that fake FG from Dixon. An astounding stat to me is SU only had 4 penalties for 36 yards. Pretty good for a squad that has been pretty flag happy the past decade or so. That is a direct result of good coaching. Shafer and his staff called a much better game and made much sharper decisions, unlike the Central Michigan game.
Overall, a solid effort against a far superior team, that may end up competing for a National Championship, and as of right now has a few national award winners on it. While I would have rather they won, I was very encouraged by what I saw from this team. I'm starting to rethink some of my preseason W/L picks after seeing the effort by this team, and how some of the other ACC teams have been playing.
Syracuse earns a restful bye, followed by old Big East foe South Florida. That should be a fun trip down memory lane. Until then, Syracuse should remain undefeated against the Fightin' Byes.