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Cardinal Sin: Syracuse loses to banged up Louisville 28-20
Posted By Beth Ann Clyde On Nov 6 2010 @ 6:27 pm In Syracuse | 2 Comments
As the Remembrants said, your mother warned you there would be days like these. You’re familiar with the lyrics if you’re a Friends fan and you know the feeling if you’re a Syracuse football fan. The Orange defense took a slight step back and the offense failed to make up for it, denying 40, 375 fans the chance to celebrate SU’s first bowl berth since 2004.
Even without its starting quarterback Adam Froman and Bilal Powell, the Cardinal offense was able to figure out the typically-stifling Orange defense. Froman’s replacement, Justin Burke, was 13-25 with 143 yards passing, but it was the running game that helped win this game for Louisville. The Cards picked up 173 yards on the ground. Jeremy Wright lead the Cards rush attack with 98 yards and two touchdowns.
For Syracuse, it was really a story of wasted opportunity after wasted opportunity. Let’s relive a few big ones, shall we?
This brings us to the fourth quarter, which featured some poor decision-making by Doug Marrone. With less than five minutes to go, the Marrone elected not to go for it on a 4th-and-3. Yes, the ball was on Syracuse’s own 42 yard line, but put the ball in Delone Carter’s hands and go for it. (Carter lead all rushers with 108 yards.) The Louisville running game had killed SU all day and now it was going to be able to kill the clock. Sure enough, it did. After Rob Long punted it away, Nassib wouldn’t have the ball back in his hands until there was 33 seconds left on the clock. Without a deep threat, there was really no way Syracuse was going to pull off a miraculous, Flutie-like comeback at that point. No guts, no glory for Marrone.
Louisville continued to run the football and take time off the clock, forcing Marrone to use up his time outs. He then pulled a Rex Ryan and treated his red flag like a toy in order to challenge the spot of the ball on a 4th-and-one. He lost the challenge and burned his final time out. Louisville got the first down on the next play. A few player later, when Philpott punted it more than 7 yards, SU would have to go on an 85-yard drive with 33 seconds to go and no time outs. It was a rare misstep for the future Big East Coach of the Year.
These are the things that are going to happen when you’re rebuilding. There are going to be days like today. Syracuse is going to go to a bowl game and the program is going to continue to get better. Be patient, Orange fans, and stop leaving games early. Have some faith and show some support.
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