Monday, November 1, 2010

Syracuse Continues to Ruin Homecomings Across the Country: Upends Cincinnati!


Syracuse did it again. On another sunny Saturday in October the underdog Syracuse Orangemen marched into hostile territory and pulled out a gutty victory. With Scott Shafer's defense leading the way, the Orangemen shut out the Bearcats high flying offense in the second half en route to a 31-7 win. Cincinnati was playing without starting quarter back Zach Collaros, but with Syracuse's shut down defense, the player under center wouldn't have made much difference in the outcome.

Syracuse's defense forced Cincinnati's QB Chazz Anderson (making just his 3rd career start and first since 2008) into throwing 1 interception, a costly one deep in Syracuse's territory, and recovered two fumbles. The Orangemen took full advantage of those turnovers, to the tune of 17 points.

Ryan Nassib got Syracuse on the board first just 2:04 into the 2nd quarter. After starting the drive on their own 20 yard line, Delone Carter and Antwon Bailey helped lead the Orangemen down field to the Cinci 36 yard line. Facing a 4th down with 3 yards to go, Doug Marrone opted to send his offense back on the field. Nassib found Nick Provo over the middle for a 19 yard gain and a Syracuse first down. Two plays later on 3rd and 10 from the Cinci 17 yard line Ryan Nassib threw an absolute bullet to Alec Lemon to give Syracuse 1st and Goal from the 3 yard line. Once again Syracuse would go to the air, with Nassib finding Van Chew for the touchdown to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead in the game.

Just nine seconds later Syracuse would get their first big break of the ball game. Chazz Anderson fumbled the snap and senior linebacker Derrell Smith recovered the ball for Syracuse at the Cincinnati 19 yard line. After a 14 yard run from Delone Carter set Syracuse up inside the five yard line, Syracuse would give the ball to fullback Adam Harris at the 1 yard line. Harris fumbled the ball into the end zone, and then big offensive lineman Ryan Bartholomew fell on the loose ball to give Syracuse a 14-0 lead and Bartholomew his first career touchdown.

Literally five seconds after the Orangemen jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Cincinnati once again turned the ball over. DJ Woods caught a pass from Anderson at the 40 yard line however he coughed up the football and Philip Thomas picked up the pigskin. Thomas ran the ball 21 yards to the Cincinnati 19 Yard line and once again Syracuse was in business.

This time Cincinnati's defense would hold, giving Ross Krautman a 26 yard field goal attempt which he drilled to push Syracuse's lead to 17-0.

Cincinnati would finally get on the board following this defensive stand, a 33 yard touchdown pass from Chazz Anderson to DJ Woods to cut Syracuse's lead to 17-7 with 4:52 left in the first half. The score would stay that way and Syracuse ran into the locker room with a 13 point half time lead. In the first half Syracuse had the ball for 21:47, compared to just 8:13 for the Bearcats.

To open the 2nd half Cincinnati staged a tremendous drive down to the Syracuse 6 yard line. With Syracuse fans everywhere worrying that their 17 point lead was about to be cut to 3, Derrell Smith intercepted Anderson and returned the ball sixty yards to the Cincinnati 37 yard line. That would essentially be the ball game, as Syracuse drove deep inside Bearcat territory leading to a 5 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib to Antwon Bailey. 24-7 Syracuse. The Bearcats would not threaten again.

In the fourth quarter came a humorous moment for cuse fans at Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones' expense. Facing 4th and 2 from his own 42 yard line and trailing 24-7 in the game Jones sent out the punting unit, which was met with a chorus of boos from the fans at Nippert Stadium. ESPNU cameras were focused on Jones when he clearly said "f-ck it" and called time out rather emphatically. Jones sent his offense back out onto the field, dropped Chazz Anderson back to pass, at which time Mikhail Marinovich reached up and batted down the pass attempt to give Syracuse the ball back at the Cincinnati 42 yard line. It was one of those days for Butch Jones.

Just 4:40 later Syracuse would be dancing in the Bearcats endzone again. Antwon Bailey added his 2nd touchdown of the second half from 1 yard out to give Syracuse the 31-7 lead and cement the Syracuse victory.

With the win Syracuse has guaranteed their first non-losing season since 2004. The Orangemen are now 6-2 on the year, 3-1 in Big East play, and have won four road games for the first time since the 1996 season!

Next week Syracuse will play host to Louisville in the Carrier Dome. With a win on Saturday giving Syracuse bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004, can Syracuse University find a way to sell out this game? I know there is no draw of "Orange Central" like the last home game, but maybe Orangemen fans can see past that and find a way to the Dome?

And now for the Game Notes:
  • Syracuse's running backs failed to pick up the blitz on a few occasions, all leading to hard hits on Nassib.
  • After completing just 5 passes for 63 yard last week, Ryan Nassib responded by completing 16 of 26 passing attempts for 125 yards 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
  • Delone Carter returned from limited action in last weeks game to finish with 109 yards on 19 carries along with 2 catches for 11 yards.
  • DC3's 109 rushing yards gives him 2,617 for his career, moving him past #8 Bill Hurley and leaving him only 9 yard behind #7 rusher Dee Brown.
  • Syracuse shut out their opponent in the 2nd half for the second straight week on the road.
  • Nassib's 3rd quarter touchdown pass to Antwon Bailey gave him 14 on the year, which ties him with Marvin Graves for 8th place on Syracuse's single season touchdown passing list.
  • Syracuse has won 3 Big East road games for the first time since 2001.
  • TE Nick Provo lead the receivers with 4 catches for 40 yards.
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SyracuseIsGodsTeam said...

Amazing, we have beaten 3 teams on the road that we were a combined 0-15 against the past 5 seasons.

Michael Isserlis said...

it is amazing! No body predicted that with a straight face this off season!