I hope everyone in Syracuse enjoyed those home wins against Maine and Colgate. They were the only games SU won in the apparently not-so-friendly confines of the Carrier Dome this season. Today, the Orange dropped its REGULAR season finale to Boston College 16-7. At least Syracuse’s bowl game won’t be at home.
The story of the game is not much different than SU’s recent home losses: A good effort by the defense was not enough because the offense struggled to get anything going. Nassib was 15-24 for just 147 yards. I feel bad repeating myself, but he constantly overthrew his slow receivers. SU was just two of nine on third downs and controlled the ball for 22 minutes and 52 seconds.
The offense was not the only reason for the lopsided time of possession. Once again, Syracuse also could not take advantage of an injury to a key player. Boston College’s leading rusher, Montel Williams, did not play because of a knee injury. The Eagles picked up 218 yards on the ground. This helped BC slow down the game, hold onto the football and methodically drive down the field. By the way, they were averaging 126.7 per game coming into this afternoon’s match up.
Listen, the Orange put together a good season that none of us expected them to have (be honest, you didn’t). Now, Syracuse must work towards winning a bowl game (probably the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium) and improving for next season. In 2011, games like today’s will not be acceptable. The free ride ends after the bowl game. Syracuse football is back.
About the Author
Written by Beth Ann Clyde
I graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 and can count the number of times I witnessed the Orange win a football game on two hands.