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Purdue (1-1) at Syracuse (2-0) Game Center (; Miller)

After a nice tune-up at home against Indiana State it is time for Purdue to go out on the road for the first time this year. Last season Purdue won games at Iowa, Nebraska, UConn, Wrigley Field, and a bowl game. It was the first time the program has won five games in one season away from Ross-Ade Stadium since 1943.

Since Joe Tiller retired Purdue is only 5-12 against non-conference opponents away from Ross-Ade Stadium. Three of those wins were in bowl games over Western Michigan, Arizona, and Tennessee. The only non-conference road games Purdue has won since were Missouri in 2017 and UConn last year.

It won’t be easy. Syracuse features Sean Tucker, a sophomore running back who is one of the best in the country. They have looked pretty good in blowing out Louisville and UConn to start, so this should be a very good road test before the Big Ten season picks back up.

https://purdue./news/first-look-syracuse-2 (; Jones)

Here's an early look at Purdue's third opponent in 2022, the Syracuse Orange

Time: Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Location: JMA Wireless Dome
Surface: FieldTurf
49,057 (tickets)
2022 schedules/records: Syracuse 2-0 (1-0 ACC); Purdue 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)

Series notes:
Purdue and Syracuse will be meeting for just the second time in football on Saturday. The Boilermakers opened the 2004 season with a dominant 51-0 victory on a rare Sunday game at Ross-Ade Stadium. With four touchdown passes, Kyle Orton helped the offense rack up 571 total yards while the defense dominated, holding the Orange below 200 yards. During the Jeff Brohm era, Purdue is 1-1 vs. ACC opponents, defeating Boston College in 2018 and falling to Louisville in the 2017 season opener. From 1991-1993, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers served as an assistant at Purdue under Jim Colletto.
It is Purdue's first trip to the state of New York for a football games since Nov. 1, 1941 when it lost to Fordham in New York City's famed Polo Grounds. All-time, Purdue is 3-4-1 in games played in New York, with all games in played in Gotham.

Early line: Purdue -1


Strong Syracuse Start

Many prognosticators weren't sure what to make of the Orange coming into this season. Babers led them to a 10-win season in 2018, but they have failed to reach a bowl game in the three seasons since. The season opened with a definitive 31-7 win over Louisville at the JMA Wireless Dome, as Syracuse passed and ran for over 200 yards each while forcing three Louisville turnovers.

Against an outmatched UConn team, Syracuse did what they needed to do and dominated in a 48-14 win. They had more than double the number of total yards (470 to 202) and cruised to victory.
Junior quarterback Garrett Shrader and sophomore running back Sean Tucker form a dynamic duo in the backfield. They utilize Shrader quite a bit in the run game, and Tucker takes the vast majority of their snaps at running back. Purdue will see a lot of zone read plays as the Orange seek to utilize their dynamic ground game.

Through two games, Shrader has completed 79 percent of his passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 118 yards on the ground with three more touchdowns. 48 carries into his season, Tucker sits at 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Injury report

Though only two games into the season, Purdue will monitor injuries ahead of Saturday's game. LB/S Jalen Graham will not play due to a tibia injury sustained vs. Penn State, a very significant absence for Purdue's defense. Wide receivers Broc Thompson and Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen could be decisions made closer to game day. While Thompson suited up in Saturday's win over Indiana State, he recorded no stats in the six snaps he saw. Yaseen's season debut still awaits following an injury in preseason camp.

Syracuse Football: QB Garrett Shrader goes full beast mode in road rout (itlh; Adler)

I’m the first to admit that, respectfully, Connecticut isn’t a good football team, but even still, what Syracuse football did to the Huskies on the road this past Saturday night was impressive, by and large.

The Orange, led by a reasonably solid defensive showing (although it did give up a 56-yard touchdown reception) and a stellar effort from quarterback Garrett Shrader, absolutely dismantled UConn by a final count of 48-14.

The ‘Cuse moves to 2-0 in this young 2022 season. The Huskies fall to 1-2. Next up for Syracuse football is a home non-conference battle against Big Ten Conference member Purdue (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the kick-off slated for 12 pm.

Shrader really struggled in the passing game a stanza ago, when the Orange went 5-7 overall, but under the guidance of new assistant coaches from Virginia, he seems vastly improved through the air (at least through two games).

Versus UConn, Shrader was a highly efficient 20-of-23 for 287 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also had two rushing TDs. Naturally, we’ll have to see how Shrader does against tougher competition, but so far this fall, I’m digging what I’m seeing from him.

UConn football hammered by Syracuse (; Maher)

The Syracuse University football team walked into Pratt and Whitney Stadium Saturday and imposed its will from the opening kickoff, moving the ball at will and stifling UConn with an aggressive, hard-hitting defense en route to a 48-14 victory before an announced crowd of 25,114.

The Orange (2-0), a Power Five program in the Atlantic Coast Conference, scored on their first seven drives and out-gained UConn 465 to 202 yards.

The Huskies (1-2) allowed a season high for points and scored a season low.

"Obviously, we're really disappointed because we were fully expecting to win this game," said junior linebacker Jackson Mitchell, who had a team-best 16 tackles. "We knew we could win this game. They're obviously a really great team, but we're a good team, too, and we've got to believe that and play like that every single Saturday."

It was the first meeting between the two teams since 2018, a 51-21 Syracuse win at home. The Orange won 31-24 in their last trip to Rentschler Field in 2016. They're not scheduled to play each other again until September 2026 in Syracuse.

Five Takeaways: Syracuse 48 UConn 14 (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse blew out UConn 48-14 in its first road test of the season Saturday night. Here are five takeaways from the victory.

1. Garrett Shrader

Garrett Shrader was simply outstanding against the Huskies. He was the best player on the field all night long. UConn had no answers for his legs or his arm. Shrader finished 20-23 passing (87%) for a career high 287 yards and was responsible for five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). He was accurate, poised and efficient. Shrader connected on short, intermediate and deep passes. He took a couple of sacks he probably should not have, but that is really nitpicking this performance. If anyone was wondering if the outing against Louisville was a fluke, Shrader answered that question with an emphatic no.

2. Sean Tucker

Tucker ran for 112 yards and had a touchdown. It was about as quiet as a Sean Tucker 100-yard game can be. He has 212 rushing yards through two games, and it feels like he has not had that breakout game this season yet. That tells you how good Sean Tucker is. He is going to have a monster game at some point, but everyone is diverting all of their defensive attention to him. UConn was determined not to let him get that long game breaking play. Despite having a long run of 13 yards, Tucker still eclipsed the 100 yard mark. Stay tuned because his best performances are still ahead, which is very encouraging for the Syracuse offense.

UConn Couldn't Keep Up: SU defeats Connecticut 48-14 (Axe recap) (PS; $; Axe)

Dino Babers sat in a hotel room on Saturday afternoon before his Syracuse University football team left for Rentschler Field for a 7 p.m. matchup with UConn and watched upsets brewing all over college football.

No. 8 Notre Dame lost to Marshall. No. 6 Texas A&M was upended by Appalachian State. No. 1 Alabama escaped with a one-point win over Texas.

Syracuse was favored by 23 points over Connecticut. Unlike the Irish, Aggies and Crimson Tide, who were all at least 17-point favorites in their respective matchups, the Orange did what was expected of it and delivered a 48-14 win over UConn on Saturday night in East Hartford.

“I just didn’t want to get caught,” Babers said postgame following Syracuse’s win. “I didn’t want to get trapped.”

Syracuse moved to 2-0 with the win over UConn.


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Syracuse football: Still standing strong after second blowout win (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

Don’t you love it when things go as planned?

That’s exactly what happened last night in East Hartford. The Syracuse Orange put up 17 straight points to start the game and didn’t lay off the gas, dominating UConn 48-14 and moving to 2-0. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Steve’s Game Recap and Christian’s Three Takeaways.

With a favorable matchup like this, there is always the threat of “playing down” to competition. Just look at rest of yesterday’s games to see how often it happens. I am happy say that this was not one of those games. Not. Even. Close.

“We sat in the hotel all day and watched teams that were favored by 20 and 21 points get into... close games,” Head Coach Dino Babers said. “I didn’t want to get trapped, and the kids listened.”
Garrett Shrader looked excellent again, slinging the the ball for almost 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added 2 more scores on the ground and showed that whatever Dr. Bob Anae prescribed this offense is working wonders.

“Give credit to Coach Anae and Coach Beck,” Shrader said. “They did a good job of game planning for us, and we went out and connected.”
“Shrader does a nice job of picking and choosing his targets,” Babers said. “He’s been extremely... (*knocks on wood, literally*) …accurate this year.”
Of those passing touchdowns, the first was this strike to Damien Alford that got Syracuse on the board. Even the best QBs would struggle to throw a more precise pass than this one.

Perfect ball

Garrett Shrader to Damien Alford for the 47-yard score
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) September 10, 2022


Syracuse Orange linebacker Marlowe Wax (2) recovers a fumble. The Syracuse Orange takes on UConn in East Hartford Ct. Sept 10, 2022. Dennis Nett |

Axe: SU football’s defense wants to be a 'top defense in the nation' (PS; $; Axe)

When he got a word in edgewise at the press conference, Syracuse linebacker Marlowe Wax Jr. put everyone on notice about what the Orange defense wants to be in 2022 following a 48-14 win over UConn on Saturday night.

“I feel like we are more experienced, but it’s more than experience,” Wax Jr. said. “We want it more. We’re really trying to do something this year and prove a point to everybody that we can be a top defense in the nation. We’re going to keep on going and keep getting better and better.”

Wax and company just may have to wait patiently for its turn in the spotlight with the fireworks happening on the offensive side of the ball.

Babers fielded just one question about the Orange defense at his press conference following SU’s win over the Huskies and even that inquiry quickly shifted to the special teams talents of Wax.

Syracuse football: exactly what coaches want early in the season (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange easily dispatched the UConn Huskies 48-14 on Saturday night. It was strong performance by the Orange, especially from Garrett Shrader and the passing game.

Syracuse took care of the ball on offense and scored on their first seven possessions. With UConn focused on containing Sean Tucker, Shrader shredded the Huskies secondary going 20-23 for nearly 300 yards. Despite the numbers, the offense had opportunities for more during this game as two drives stalled in the red zone resulting in field goals.

The good news is that Syracuse remains perfect on the season in the red zone (10-10) but in the view of the coaches, there were drives that left points on the board and those points can be crucial in close games. One of the missed opportunities came when a first-down sack put the Orange in a second and goal from the 15-yard line.

It was also a game that gave the Syracuse defensive coaching staff some film to keep their players grounded. Just like last week, the defense got bullied when the 2nd string defensive line went into the game and UConn finished a 9-play, 79-yard drive with this power run.

Boston College Falls to Virginia Tech, 27-10, After Sputtering on Offense All Night (; Flannery)

On Saturday night, Boston College and Virginia Tech opened their ACC schedules against each other in Lane Stadium, both trying to avoid a rough 0-2 start. After a game that featured some of the most abysmal offense BC has trotted out since 2015, Virginia Tech prevailed with a final score of 27-10.

The game started about as terribly as it could for BC as QB Phil Jurkovec threw an INT on the 2nd play of the game, leading to a Virginia Tech touchdown. The BC offense continued to sputter following the costly turnover and couldn’t even achieve a first down until less than 4 minutes were left in the first half of the contest. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech did just enough to move the ball downfield against the Eagles’ defense and extended their lead to 10-0, then 17-0. BC finally got something going in their final drive of the first half, converting multiple first downs and eventually settling for a FG to make it 17-3 at half.

BC continued that momentum into the second half, making it 17-10 with their first TD score, but Virginia Tech quickly responded to make it 24-10 on the ensuing drive. The remainder of the game didn’t see much action, with each offense trading wasted possessions. Once Virginia Tech made it 27-10 with about 4 minutes remaining, it was all but over.

Problems on offense

The Boston College offense just looked desperately lost. Their #1 weakness was an inability to establish the run. Down after down, they would send Pat Garwo up the gut only to be met by Virginia Tech defensive linemen immediately. Garwo, their leading RB, was only able to put up 4 yards on the ground. FOUR! Their leading rusher for the game was Zay Flowers with a whopping 7 yards. It’s nothing wrong with Garwo’s running itself necessarily, the inexperienced BC offensive line just could not create any room to run all night. The terrible running game affected the passing game, too, as BC’s receivers were draped in coverage all game and struggled to get open.

Phil Jurkovec also looked bad. Repeatedly, Jurkovec would laser in on his first read, throw wobbly passes, overthrow open receivers downfield, and make decisions 1 or 2 seconds too late. The offense cannot function at its full capacity if the QB is underperforming so drastically compared to the level we’ve seen him at before. Zay Flowers & company can get open all they want, but Jurkovec just hasn’t been able to deliver them the ball. Even on a long pass of the day, 50 yards to Zay Flowers, the ball was heavily underthrown and Flowers had to stop dead in his tracks to catch it.

Clemson Football: After a suspect opening week, ACC recovers (for the most part) (; Coleman)

We should have known on Friday night that a weird weekend was ahead for Clemson football and the ACC, when Louisville, who looked putrid against Syracuse last week, took down UCF in Orlando, 20-14.

Clemson, of course, beat Furman 35-12 Saturday afternoon.

What was supposed to be a laugher in Miami Gardens took a while to get there, but the Canes controlled the second half in route to a 30-7 win over a Sun Belt member Southern Miss, which was tougher than expected for some other highly ranked teams yesterday. How’s it hanging Notre Dame and Texas A&M?

The most charming coach in college football, Pat Narduzzi, lost his quarterback and the game in overtime as the Panthers fell 34-27 to Tennessee in overtime, in arguably the most high profile game of the ACCs non-conference slate.

The conference’s only other non-conference loss was Tony Elliott’s first as a head coach as the Cavaliers travelled to Illinois and came away with a 24-3 loss as Brennen Armstrong somehow went 13 for 32 with 2 interceptions.

Duke remained undefeated as they defended 60 Ryan Hilinski pass attempts in a 31-23 win and Mack Brown and North Carolina escaped against Georgia State 35-28, while Georgia Tech overcame a slow start to beat Western Carolina 35-17.

Two games stand out a bit and one of those was in Nashville where Sam Hartman stood out in his return to action, throwing for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns on 18 of 27 passes as the Demon Deacons easily beat Vanderbilt 45-25.

Perhaps the surprise team of the ACC, Syracuse crushed patsy Connecticut and while this is nothing to celebrate in and of itself, it appears that the Orange may be better than anticipated, if their first two games are any judge. This team hosts Purdue next weekend, so we should know a bit more after that game.

2022 Week 2 Biggest Losers (RX; HM)

2022 Week 2 Biggest Losers

Top 25 teams that lost in Week #2:
#6 Texas A&M lost at home to UR App. State, 14-17
#8 Notre Dame lost at home to UR Marshall, 21-26
#9 Baylor lost at #21 BYU, 20-26
#17 Pitt lost in overtime to #24 Tennessee, 27-34
#19 Wisconsin lost at home to UR Wash. St., 14-17
#25 Houston lost at UR Texas Tech in OT, 30-33

BOTTOM LINE: The biggest loser in week 2 was the SEC. Texas A&M lost to an unranked team at home - a team that UNC just beat on the road last weekend. Alabama barely beat an unranked Texas team by one point in Austin. For what it's worth, Missouri and Vanderbilt also lost (to Kansas State and Wake Forest, respectively). Yes, Tennessee got a win over a ranked Pitt team, but it took overtime to do it.

The Big Ten didn't have a great weekend, either. Wisconsin probably got knocked out of the Top 25 by Washington State. Duke beat Northwestern in Evanston, though Illinois avenged a loss to Virginia last year. Nebraska lost at home to Ga Southern. Finally, Ohio State's signature non-conference win over Notre Dame took a hit when the Irish lost to Marshall.

Saturday Early Results 2022 Sep 10th (RX; HM)

Saturday Early Results 2022 Sep 10th

ACC teams go 5-0 in the early games, with road wins over SEC (Vanderbilt) and Big Ten (Northwestern) teams.

Wake Forest 45 @ Vanderbilt 25
The Deacons didn't so much dominate the Commodores so much as they just kept chipping away at them (and played fundamentally sound, if not spectacular, defense). That's how Wake beats you.

Wake cashes in on Vandy INT

Duke 31 @ Northwestern 23


Saturday Mid-Day Results 2022 Sep 10th (RX; HM)

Saturday Mid-Day Results 2022 Sep 10th

Lots of surprising/shocking results here...

Tennessee 34 @ Pitt 27 (OT)

Pitt jumped out to an early 10-point lead which would've been more except for a circus interception by the Vols in their own endzone. However, once the Tennessee offense started clicking, they scored 17 unanswered to take a 24-17 halftime lead. To their credit, the Panthers forced overtime, but couldn't match the Vols' touchdown.

Virginia 3 @ Illinois 24


Saturday Late Results 2022 Sep 10th (RX; HM)

Saturday Late Results 2022 Sep 10th

The night games.

Syracuse 48 @ UConn 14

I'm beginning to think this Orange team might be for real.

W. Carolina 14 @ Georgia Tech 35


ACC Power Rankings: John Wildhack wanted Syracuse to separate from the pack. It’s trending up (PS; $; Mink)

This week’s Power Rankings saw some reshuffling near the top and at the bottom.

Duke earned its way out of the basement with a victory against a Big Ten foe.

And Sam Hartman’s return for Wake Forest changes the outlook for the defending Atlantic Division champions.

Naturally, Syracuse’s swan song in the Atlantic won’t be easy, but if SU contends at the top of the division this year, it’ll be exactly what athletic director John Wildhack wanted to see after retaining Dino Babers for a seventh season.

Half of the 14 ACC teams, including Syracuse, finished with five or six wins last season.

“We’ve got to break out of that logjam,” Wildhack said at the end of the year when setting expectations for 2022.

Through two weeks, the Orange is on its way.

1. Clemson (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

Last week
: W 35-12 vs. Furman
Next game: vs. Louisiana Tech; 8 p.m.; ACC Network

Clemson handled the in-state FCS sacrificial lamb, even if it came well short of covering a massive, 44.5-point spread.

The Tigers get North Carolina State and Wake Forest in two of next three weeks. It’ll either settle in as the favorite in the Atlantic Division or leave room for drama to unfold later in the season.

2. N.C. State (2-0)

Last week: W 55-3 vs. Charleston Southern
Next game: vs. Texas Tech; 7 p.m.; ESPN2

Devin Leary and N.C. State’s defense looked every bit like the preseason ACC contender many expected them to be this fall.

Carter-Finley Stadium should be rocking for a night game against Texas Tech, which is coming off a win against a good Houston team.

3. Wake Forest (2-0)

Last week: W 45-25 at Vanderbilt
Next game: vs. Liberty; 5 p.m; ACC Network

Sam Hartman doesn’t miss a beat, going down to Nashville and passing for 300 yards and four touchdowns in his first start since returning from a blood clot in the subclavian vein, a condition known as Paget-Schroetter syndrome.

Hartman’s return comes a couple weeks ahead of a huge home game against Clemson that will help sort out the leaders in the Atlantic after the quarter-pole mark.

4. Miami (2-0)

Last week: W 30-7 vs. Southern Mississippi
Next game: at Texas A&M; 9 p.m.; ESPN

Miami (Fla.) goes into hostile A&M with the Aggies coming off a miserable loss to a Sun Belt squad in Appalachian State.

We know Miami’s got the better quarterback. A win might not impress as many folks as it would’ve had A&M remained unbeaten, but for Mario Cristobal’s program, it would still amount to a foundational win that can accelerate a return to national prominence.

5. Syracuse (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

Last week: W 48-14 at Connecticut
Next game: vs. Purdue; noon; ESPN2

Garrett Shrader’s strong start to the season elevates Syracuse into the top third of the conference heading into a nationally televised game against Purdue at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Babers was an assistant at Purdue in 1992 when his second daughter, Tasha, was born the morning of the in-state rivalry game against Indiana. The two teams play for the Old Oaken Bucket.

Purdue went on to a 13-10 victory over the Hoosiers that day, and a family nickname for Tasha was born: Buckethead.

6. Pittsburgh (1-1)

Last week: L 34-27 (OT) vs. Tennessee
Next game: at Western Michigan; 7:30 p.m.; ESPNU

Pitt held off West Virginia by inches in the Backyard Brawl only to find itself another dog fight with Tennessee.

FSU football: ACC 2022 Power Rankings after week two (; Hunt)

I had FSU football in the top half of my preseason ACC Power Rankings, and I look like I was on the right track overall.

We’ve seen some ACC teams lose badly to out-of-conference foes, like Virginia Tech against Old Dominion. NC State and UNC should have lost to G5 teams in week one.

FSU and Duke had solid out-of-conference wins over SEC and B1G opponents as betting underdogs. Syracuse has looked better than I anticpated, and Miami is overrated as usual.

The ACC has four teams ranked in the top 25 in the preseason, and all of them, except Wake Forest, probably shouldn’t have been ranked as high, just as I said before the season.

Anyways, here are my updated rankings after two weeks by division and then overall as a conference:

ACC Atlantic

  • Clemson
  • FSU
  • Syracuse
  • Wake Forest
  • NC State
  • Louisville
  • Boston College
ACC Coastal
  • Pittsburgh
  • Miami
  • Duke
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Georgia Tech

Overall Power Rankings

  1. Clemson
  2. FSU
  3. Syracuse
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Wake Forest
  6. NC State
  7. Miami
  8. Duke
  9. Louisville
  10. North Carolina
  11. Virginia
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Boston College

Parting Thoughts

Clemson continues their offensive woes from last season but maintains a very good defense for a 2-0 start. FSU football has started 2-0 for the first time since 2016. Syracuse is off to a surprising 2-0 start, upsetting Louisville in their season opener.

College football Power Rankings after Week 2 (ESPN; Staff)

In what was originally thought to be a dull slate of games, college football's Week 2 delivered all the drama thanks to the Sun Belt Conference.

Marshall kicked off the conference's upset-filled Saturday with a 26-21 win over No. 8 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The Thundering Herd outplayed the Fighting Irish in every facet of the game and set off a trend for its new league.

After a heartbreaking loss to North Carolina in Week 1, the Sun Belt's Appalachian State marched in to College Station and handed Jimbo Fisher and the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies their first loss of the season. The upset by the Mountaineers was so impactful that College GameDay will be heading to their Boone, North Carolina, campus next week.

And while it might not be a top-10 upset like the other two, Georgia Southern took down Nebraska -- a 23.5-point favorite -- late in the fourth quarter to cap off a tremendous day for the new Sun Belt.

Oh, and Alabama needed a field goal with under a minute to play to get past Texas while other top-10 teams rolled to easy victories this week.

It's time to see how the Week 2 chaos impacted this week's Power Rankings.



A group of 15 volunteers began a process last July setting out to re-draw election maps in Syracuse, taking back a power traditionally given to politicians. That group included (clockwise from top left: Brenda Malone, Jihan Ramroop (administrative assistant), Molly Lizzio, Colleen Lathey, Charles Jackson, Bruce Shefrin, Jason Belge, Jon Hamblin and Jackie LaSonde (middle). N. Scott Trimble |

No pay. Little thanks. Lots of work and grief. Unsung group could remake Syracuse government (PS; $; Carlson)

Molly Lizzio spent Valentine’s Day in a Zoom meeting, while dinner waited one room over. Jon Hamblin shelved his part-time job delivering holiday mail. Graham Leuschke interrupted his vacation to attend a meeting in a hammock from the Adirondacks and missed some of his son’s soccer games.

They have been questioned pointedly by politicians. They have been chastised and dismissed by members of the general public. They have experienced stress and conflict.

They’ve spent more than 4,590 minutes in meetings and examined about 100 election maps between them, both publicly and in their free time. They have considered process, studied laws and consulted experts.
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