0 Comments Published on 12.03.2016 by Brian Harrison
This guy scored an awful lot of TDs this year.
Syracuse put up their best offensive performance of the season. Certainly the best offensive performance I can remember. And yet, it wasn't enough. The last quarter was basically a track meet. And Pittsburgh made it to 70 first. Pittsburgh ended Syracuse's season, by a final of 76 to 61.
668 total yards of offense, 61 points, 36 first downs. Insane numbers. I'm not going to give them anything less than A. And everyone contributed and made plays. Just the best offensive performance Syracuse has seen in a long, long time.
The defense allowed 644 yards, 76 points. Had the defense been able to make any number of stops so that Pitt didn't keep scoring, the outcome may have been different.
Kick and punt returns were fine, and kick and punt coverage was passable. There were several kicks out of bounds however, and Cole Murphy missed a couple XPs. A better than average day, but nothing special.
The offense was on fire. And really, not sure the coaches could have called a better defensive game. The players just needed to execute and make stops. Oh yeah, and tackle. They didn't do that sometimes.
This game gives you a hint of what kind of team Syracuse has the potential to be. The future is bright. But the present, with a banged up defense, couldn't stop Pitt. And that's the way the season ended.
Syracuse finished 4-8 on the year. Not bad, but as you can tell, this team will be fun to watch in the future. I look forward to next season and another year of recruits from Babers and his staff. And now, it's all basketball.