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- Aug 15, 2011
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What went right, wrong on defense for FSU vs. Syracuse (tomahawknation.com; Kostidakis)
No. 23 Florida State Seminoles football (7-3, 5-3 ACC) put together one of its most complete games under head coach Mike Norvell on Saturday, executing a near-perfect performance in a 38-3 undressing of the Syracuse Orange (6-4, 3-3 ACC) on the road.
While the offense had its own success, FSU’s defense set the tone from kickoff to final whistle, keeping Syracuse out of the end zone even when the Orange were threatening to score in the game’s final seconds. It’s the second straight week Florida State hasn’t allowed a touchdown, the first time the program has done that since 2013.
Here’s a look at how Florida State performed on defense.
What went rightPretty much everything, from start to finish. Syracuse got into Florida State territory just three times the entire game, with the final coming on a garbage time, game-closing drive.
Syracuse finished the game with 160 yards — but 86 of them were earned in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach. Through the first three quarters, the Orange averaged 2.3 yards per play, unable to do anything against a lethal Florida State front.
The Seminoles caused 11 total negative plays — three sacks and eight tackles for loss — while Syracuse had just nine first downs. Additionally, the Orange were flagged for five holding penalties, further evidence of the havoc that Florida State was able to create and the inability of Syracuse to deal with it.
FSU was also able to limit explosive plays, with Syracuse earning just five 10-plus yard plays in the matchup (in comparison, the Seminoles had 13.)
The Syracuse student section bows to Carmelo Anthony during his appearance at Saturday's football game. Over 45,000 fans were in attendance for SU's loss to FSU. Dennis Nett | email@example.com
SU football attendance dipped and rose, finishing with an average 40,828 (PS; $; Leiker)
Syracuse football ended its home slate for 2022 with a whimper instead of a bang.
But almost 10,000 more fans were in attendance to see SU get blown out by Florida State, 38-3, than to watch the Orange execute game-winning drives in mid-September.
Attendance at Saturday’s game against FSU was logged as 45,213. That’s the third-highest attendance for the Orange this season behind sellout games against N.C. State and Notre Dame in October.
Syracuse’s high attendance near the end of the season can be correlated to a 6-0 midseason mark that saw the Orange ranked as high as No. 14 in Week 8 and had fans excited about the program.
The number of spectators at the Dome dipped after the season opener but then increased drastically in the final three games of the season in the Salt City.
Across all seven home games, the average attendance was 40,827. Syracuse won its first five games of the season in the Dome and then dropped its final two against Notre Dame and Florida State.
It’s the highest attendance for the Orange since 2019, when an average of 42,164 fans were at the Dome each weekend on the heels of a 10-win season.
In the past 10 seasons, this year’s attendance ranks second-best, with the 2014 season coming in third.
Syracuse’s highest average attendance in a season was 1992, when 49,325 fans packed the Dome weekend to weekend. The Orange has had an average attendance of more than 40,000 in 25 of 43 seasons playing in its current venue.
SU’s all-time average attendance at the Dome is 40,967. That number increased 160 people since last year.
Another big game for Jarveon Howard (how Syracuse football transfers fared) (PS; Owens)
Former Syracuse running back Jarveon Howard went over 100 yards for the fifth time this season, leading Alcorn State to a 17-14 win over Bethune-Cookman in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on Saturday.
Howard rushed 32 times for 129 yards and a touchdown for the Braves, though he did lose a fumble. Howard has rushed for 1,174 yards this season.
Here’s a look at how some other transfers from the Syracuse University football team fared over the weekend:
Luke Benson, tight end, Georgia Tech: Benson caught one pass for nine yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 35-14 home loss against Miami.
Geoff Cantin-Arku, linebacker, Memphis: Cantin-Arku had one solo tackle and one quarterback hurry in Memphis’ 26-10 win over Tulsa.
Tommy DeVito, quarterback, Illinois: DeVito completed 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown and an interception in No. 21 Illinois’ 31-24 home loss to Purdue on Saturday. It was Illinois’ second straight loss as the Fighting Illini dropped to 4-3 in the Big Ten, 7-3 overall.
Curtis Harper, defensive line, Akron: Harper has two tackles, one solo, as well as a sack and a quarterback hurry but Akron lost to Eastern Michigan, 34-28.
Jawhar Jordan, running back, Louisville: Jordan rushed 11 times for 73 yards and caught two passes for 10 more in Louisville’s 31-16 loss at No. 10 Clemson. He also returned one kickoff for 18 yards.
Everything Goes Wrong For Syracuse in Loss to Florida State (SI; Schwartz)
The roar of the crowd reached new heights when Garrett Shrader stepped back onto the field, but the noise didn’t last long.
After a three and out to start the game for the Syracuse offense, Florida State wasted no time getting on the board.
Eight plays, 72 yards later and a rushing touchdown for Jordan Travis.
Before any one in the stands could blink, the score was 14-0 after Malik McClain hauled in a 11-yard touchdown and broke a tackle on his way to the end zone.
With hopes and good energy coming into senior day to snap a three game losing streak, this game was not it.
Andre Szmyt hit a 30-yard field goal to come within 11 points and here is where the game got interesting.
Syracuse’s defense came up with a gigantic strip on quarterback Jordan Travis where Justin Barron recovered the ball to set up shop in Florida State territory.
Any fan, media member, coach or security guard was thinking a touchdown or even a field goal could settle the ground under Syracuse’s feet, but the result was opposite.
A rare missed field goal from Szmyt and that was the last time anyone watching saw the Orange get close to scoring.
Like Rocky Balboa in the ring, punches kept coming from the Seminoles.
Johnny Wilson scored on a 24-yard touchdown grab to make it 21-3. Florida State then kicked a field goal to go up 24-3 at half.
At halftime, fans like Alaina Losito were chatting about the tough first half performance.
“Very disappointed, but we can do it and it’s only the first half,” said Losito.
That optimism didn’t hold on in the 2nd half.
Seminole Surge: SU football blown out by FSU (Axe recap) (PS; $; Axe)
State of the Orange?
In free fall.
The Syracuse University football team lost to Florida State 38-3 on Senior Night at the JMA Wireless Dome in a matchup where it failed to show up in all three phases of the game.
It was the 11th loss of 30 or more points under head coach Dino Babers.
Babers’ regular-season record in the month of November and later fell to 5-20 with the loss to Florida State.
Less than a month ago Syracuse was 6-0 coming off a 24-9 victory over N.C. State. The Orange was ranked in the Top 20 of both polls and even made a cameo appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings.
How quickly things can turn on a dime.
Syracuse has now lost four-straight games by a combined score of 125-57, hasn’t scored a touchdown in eight quarters and is coming apart at the seams with two games remaining in the regular season.
SU’s starting quarterback is banged up, its star running back is bottled up, the “Mob” defense cannot stop the run to save its life, special teams has become a liability again and the Orange continues to be one of the most penalized teams in college football.
SU has unraveled, rekindling the question about Babers’ future (what they’re saying) (PS; Mink)
Syracuse football is 6-4 after a 38-3 loss to No. 23 Florida State on Saturday night in the JMA Wireless Dome.
Another embarrassing mid-November outing — this one at home — brings into focus Syracuse’s place among college football’s worst collapses.
Syracuse’s final two games at Wake Forest and Boston College will generate as much discussion about the future of the coaching staff as what bowl game SU will play in.
Once lauded for its first 6-0 start since the unbeaten 1987 season, the Orange could become just the third FBS team to open the regular season with six-straight wins and close it with six-straight losses.
In both cases, the head coach wasn’t retained — even with a bowl win.
Illinois in 2011 went 6-6 after a 6-0 start. Ron Zook was fired after the sixth loss, and Illinois won its bowl game under interim coach Vic Koenning, the team’s defensive coordinator. Illinois hired Tim Beckman for the full-time job before the bowl game.
The story by the Associated Press read like this: Seven years of tantalizing potential that often led to frustrating results at Illinois ended Sunday when the school fired coach Ron Zook following his team’s historic late-season collapse.
Baylor in 2016 went 6-6 after a 6-0 start under interim coach Jim Grobe, who came out of semi-retirement to lead the program in the wake of the university’s sexual assault scandal and Art Briles’ firing. Grobe was a one-year rental given the timing of Briles’ dimissal in May. Matt Rhule got the full-time job before Baylor’s bowl game.
Syracuse football: let’s remember to respect the players (TNIAAM; Wall)
Last night’s Syracuse Orange performance was bad. There’s no bright side for the game we watched. It was by far the worst one of the year.
No sense in spending a lot more time today revisiting what we saw but there’s one thing I read and heard that is worth some time this Sunday.
I’m talking about the “they don’t deserve a bowl” sentiment that has been going around the last couple of weeks, but really popped up in the last day. That’s complete bullshit.
Anyone who claims to be a fan of this program and this team should at the very least appreciate that this group deserves to have a post-season experience. I can guarantee that inside the locker room is a group that is more frustrated and disappointed than we are.
Tell players like Mikel Jones that his commitment to Syracuse and to this program and teammates isn’t deserving of the opportunity to play in the post-season. When you look at the scores each and every weekend, you realize it’s not easy. Texas A&M’s had some of the best recruiting classes in the country and they’ll be watching the bowl season from home. Boston College got their first win over a ranked opponent since 2014 yesterday. You can’t dismiss the six wins just because it’s now how you wanted them to happen. That’s not how it works.
Syracuse football: rapidly running out of options (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
Senior Day for the Syracuse Orange was a disaster. Florida State came into the Dome and walked all over SU, and the 38-3 final reflected how absolutely nothing went right.
It’s almost fitting really. What was the reward for a talented group of departing players who (sans Andre Szmyt) have only known coming up short since they got here? An unacceptable embarrassment as their final Dome memory. I feel for every one of those guys, especially anyone who won’t have the chance to play professionally. And if this downward spiral continues, they may not even get the satisfaction of one winning season.
So where does Syracuse go from here? Where can they go?
We’ve said it time and time again: the Orange just currently don’t have what it takes to deal with their top opponents. I wish I could say otherwise, but yesterday was just more evidence to the contrary.
With the glaring holes at key positions due to injuries (and Ja’Had Carter joining that bunch last night), it doesn’t seem to matter what scheming goes into the gameplan. The o-line can’t block, the run game has been ground to a halt, and I think it’s time that we start questioning how much of a role Mike Schmidt has to play in this ineffectiveness. We get that Wes Hoeh cannot replace Rhino - but how does that excuse the five linemen that have all had their bad games this season?
We have reached a point where it’s extremely difficult to say anything positive about this football team. Last night was the season’s low point. Getting dominated in every facet by a more athletic, more physical more prepared team sometimes happens in the game of football. It shouldn’t happen...
We have reached a point where it’s extremely difficult to say anything positive about this football team. Last night was the season’s low point. Getting dominated in every facet by a more athletic, more physical more prepared team sometimes happens in the game of football. It shouldn’t happen three weeks in a row. Somehow, we’re pulling positives and negatives out of this game. Here we go.
STOCK UPDino Babers’ Self Awareness
Everyone wants to blame the coach. Sometimes, especially after a game like this, the buck has to stop with Dino Babers. But it takes a lot for a coach to climb up in front of the media and take the blame for everything. That’s what Dino did. There was no inclination for Babers to blame the play-calling, call out any assistants or get agitated with any questions. He sucked it up and took the blame. Sometimes, that’s all you can do.
STOCK DOWNWhere do we start?
Offensive Line Play
For the fourth straight week, the Orange have run into a D-Line which is bigger, more physical and more aggressive then the SU o-line. The Noles had seven tackles for loss and two sacks. Garrett Shrader had no time to pass, and Sean Tucker had no room to run.
All respect to Shrader and Sean Tucker, but there’s clearly something up with both of them. Shrader couldn’t scramble, which was the driving force behind the SU success in the early season. Tucker is trying to bounce every run outside instead of looking for holes in the middle. The third-year sophomore hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark since the Wagner game, which is the equivalent of any of our Fizz staffers scoring 20 points in a middle school basketball league. There’s real reason to worry about Tucker’s end to the season, and one might wonder…If Tucker doesn’t go to the NFL, is he a transfer risk?
Strength and Conditioning/Nutrition Staff
The Fizz’s John Eads did some top tier investigative journalism over the summer, exposing the lacking support SU provides its players in the world of nutrition. It’s shown this season, with seven season-ending injuries and plenty of nicks and bruises along the way. Ja’Had Carter was the latest ‘Cuse defender to go down, leaving Saturday’s contest on crutches. At this point, we’re past the point of bad luck and circumstance. Something is wrong.
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/s...impresses-against-syracuse-orange/8290895001/ (tallahassee.com; Kareis)
In a game that saw him record more touchdowns than incompletions, Jordan Travis committed a mistake that could have been a turning point.
The Florida State quarterback seemingly waited too long in the pocket for a passing play to develop, resulting in him losing a fumble on a strip sack. Syracuse then took over at FSU’s 23-yard line, looking to capitalize on the opportunity while trailing 14-3 early in the second quarter.
The three plays that followed encapsulates how the No. 23 Seminoles (7-3, 5-3 ACC) put the squeeze on the Orange (6-4, 3-3) in their 38-3 win Saturday, which came before a crowd of 45,213 at JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
• Play one: Safety Jammie Robinson and linebacker Kalen DeLoach swarmed running back Sean Tucker on a screen play and brought him down for a one-yard loss.
• Play two: Defensive tackle Joshua Farmer immediately burst through the line and converged on an outside run from Tucker for a five-yard loss.
• Play three: Defensive end Jared Verse found the edge on his pass rush and sacked quarterback Garrett Shrader for a six-yard loss.
Those three negative plays deflated a critical possession for the Orange. They ended that drive with a 53-yard field goal miss from kicker Andre Szmyt.
“That was one of my favorite things in the game,” said FSU coach Mike Norvell about that sequence. “Sometimes you get thrown into a challenging spot. How do you respond? And that was the response.”
FSU football: 5 takeaways from ‘Noles dominating win over Syracuse (chopchat.com; Hunt)
FSU football handed the Syracuse Orange their worst loss of the year in primetime Saturday night.
It was a 38-3 beatdown and could have been by whatever score FSU wanted if Mike Norvell didn’t put the backups in during the third quarter.
Syracuse has nothing offensively, and it was FSU getting in their own way on a couple of series that prevented the blowout from happening sooner.
FSU hasn’t dismantled opponents like this since the 2016 season.
In thinking, who would win a game between the 2016 team and the 2022 team? I thought FSU would cover the touchdown spread whether Syracuse starting QB Garrett Shrader played or not.
However, when I saw him jogging in the pre-game, I could tell he wasn’t 100 percent on that ankle, and the first play of the game indicated that even more.
I’ve mentioned in some recaps already, but the way they dismantled Syracuse on the road after destroying Miami on the road last year is the sign of a very good team.
Credit the coaching staff and the players for their business-like approach since the bye-week. I can finally legitimately put FSU ahead of Syracuse in my ACC Power Rankings like I’ve wanted to for the past few weeks.
Five Takeaways: Florida State 38 Syracuse 3 (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse lost its fourth straight game on Saturday after falling to Florida State 38-3. Here are five takeaways from the game.
Garrett Shrader started and saw his first action since the first half of the Notre Dame game. He looked no better than the hampered by injury version of himself he was against the Irish. The improvement from Shrader compared to last season has been tremendous. He was more accurate and in more command of the offense. However, since the injury, he has been nowhere near the same player. In fact, Shrader is not even last year's version of himself. If he is not healthy, Shrader cannot be effective as his ability to make plays with his legs is what makes him dynamic. Take that away and the offense cannot move with him at the helm. I do not believe this means Shrader is suddenly a bad player, rather the injury issues takes away his biggest weapon. I understand Carlos Del Rio-Wilson struggled against Pittsburgh, but it may be better to roll with him and let him gain invaluable experience for the remainder of the regular season. It is too bad Justin Lamson is out for the season because it feels like he was poised to be ready to contribute after his strong spring.
2. Run Defense
What everyone expected to happen did. The best run offense in the ACC ran all over a run defense that had given up 700 yards in the previous three games. Florida State accumulated 230 yards and averaged nearly six yards per carry Saturday night. That makes 930 yards in the last four games (232.5 per game). The defensive line was thin to start the season, but multiple injuries to the two-deep have made that even worse. Combine that with an injury to Stefon Thompson, who was very good against the run, and you have the situation Syracuse is in now. That said, the opponents for the next two games may help a bit. Wake Forest averages 128 yards rushing per game, but only 3.3 yards per carry as a team. In fact, Wake has eclipsed four yards per carry just once in the last four games. Boston College averages just 61 yards per game on the ground and only 2.1 yards per carry. The Eagles have not hit 100 yards on the ground in its last four games.
Three things we learned from FSU's 38-3 win over Syracuse (247sports.com; Sonnone)
Florida State cruised to a 38-3 win at Syracuse on Saturday evening. Here are three things we learned from the Seminoles' victory.
1. The defense, with all its pieces, is legitimately good
This defensive coaching staff has taken a ton of criticism at points over the last couple years. Some warranted, but often it’s been over-the-top and (to me) unfair.
I thought that was particularly the case during FSU’s three-game losing streak when the Seminoles had some bad stretches on defense but also played well enough to win two out of those three games. And they did it without their best player in Fabien Lovett, and with DE Jared Verse and S Jammie Robinson a little banged up.
Waiting to see what FSU would look like with the sum of all its pieces felt fair. And now we’re starting to see that Adam Fuller can put together a really good defense when his group isn’t without its best players.
The Seminoles have allowed only a field goal in each of their last two contests, and the first-team defense hasn’t given up a touchdown since the third quarter of the Clemson game on Oct. 15.
Some context is needed: FSU has faced a Syracuse offense that’s struggled recently, as well as Miami and Georgia Tech (both working with injured quarterbacks on offense that were already pretty bad).
Still, FSU is doing what it should and then some against these teams. Since its bye week, FSU is allowing 208.0 yards per game (4th nationally), 3.9 yards per play (6th nationally), and 0.65 points per drive (6th nationally). And if you dive a little deeper by filtering it to defensive stats in quarters 1-3 (starters in game) during that span, FSU is 3rd nationally in yard allowed (128.0), 4th nationally in yards per play (3.49), and 3rd nationally in points per drive (0.59).
UNC clinches ACC Coastal Division with 36-34 win at Wake Forest :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsportsfan.com; video)
No. 15 North Carolina didn't squander its first chance to clinch a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 12 (SI; Conroy)
1. Clemson (9-1)
Last Week: 1
Game Result: 31-16 win vs Louisville
The No. 10 Tigers took care of business on Saturday, defeating Louisville 31-16 behind a dominant rushing attack. RBs Phil Mafah and Will Shipley combined for 203 rushing yards and 2 TDs. D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 185 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score of his own. This was a nice bounce-back win for the Tigers after getting blown out by Notre Dame last weekend, and they retain their spot at the top of our rankings. The ACC Championship matchup is now set: Clemson will take on UNC in Charlotte in just a few weeks. First, though, Dabo Swinney’s group must take care of Miami and NC State to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Up Next: vs Miami, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Opening Line: Clemson -19.5
2. North Carolina (9-1)
Last week: 2
Game Result: 36-34 win over Wake Forest
The Tar Heels notched their sixth road win of the season on Saturday, a 36-34 thriller over Wake Forest. Drake Maye was outstanding, throwing for 448 yards, rushing for 71 and accounting for four total TDs. WR Josh Downs carved up a battered Demon Deacon secondary, hauling in 11 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns. This UNC team has passed just about every test thrown at them this season and continues to climb in the national rankings as a result. With Saturday’s win, they clinched the Coastal division and earned a trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship game to face Clemson in a few weeks. The Tar Heels return home next weekend to face 4-6 Georgia Tech.
Up Next: vs Georgia Tech, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Opening Line: UNC -20.5
3. Florida State (7-3)
Last Week: 4
Game Result: 38-3 win vs Florida State
The Seminoles continued their stretch of dominant play on Saturday, cruising past Syracuse 38-3. Over the past three games, Mike Norvell’s squad has outscored their opponents by a whopping 124-22 margin. Everything is clicking for the Noles — Jordan Travis accounted for five scores and became the first player in FSU history to tally a rushing, passing and receiving TD in the same game. FSU was dominant on both sides of the ball against the Orange — the defense allowed only 160 yards of total offense and the offense put up 430. Florida State is now 7-4 and climbing back up the rankings — they face Louisiana at home next weekend.
Up Next: vs Louisiana, Saturday, 12:00 PM ET, RSN
Opening Line: FSU -23.5
4. Louisville (6-4)
Last Week: 5
Game Result: 31-16 loss vs Clemson
After consecutive comfortable wins against Wake Forest and James Madison, the Cardinals hung tough against Clemson, trailing by just 10 at halftime. Star QB Malik Cunningham went down with a shoulder injury near the end of the first half, and Brock Domann went 13/23 for 175 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief. Louisville had a tall task to begin with, made harder by playing with a backup QB. Scott Satterfield’s squad will try to bounce back next weekend against NC State.
Up Next: vs NC State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Opening Line: Louisville -4.5
5. NC State (7-3)
Last Week: 3
Game Result: 21-20 loss vs Boston College
After an impressive home victory last week against a ranked Wake Forest squad, the Wolfpack stumbled at home, falling 21-20 in heartbreaking fashion to 2-7 BC. The game came down to the final seconds, when BC replacement QB Emmett Morehead threw a touchdown pass to Joseph Griffin Jr., putting the Eagles up by a point and sealing the game. QB MJ Morris struggled, completing just 12/24 passes for 135 yards, 1 TD and an interception. This loss comes as a shock to a Wolfpack team that had been rebounded from losing Devin Leary to notch two consecutive wins. NC State is faced with another tall order this weekend — they take on Louisville on the road Saturday afternoon.
Up Next: @ Louisville, 3:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Opening Line: Louisville -4.5
6. Duke (7-3)
Last week: 9
Game Result: 24-7 win vs Virginia Tech
Mike Elko has this team playing some solid football — the Blue Devils have won three straight games and now sit at 7-4. QB Riley Leonard was rock solid against the Hokies, putting up 262 passing yards, 48 rushing yards and three total touchdowns. The defense was solid as well, holding VT to under 300 yards of total offense and shutting them out after a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Elko’s name has come up in ACC Coach of the Year conversations, and for good reason — this team was projected to win just three games this season per USA today. Duke travels to Pittsburgh next weekend to face a Panthers squad that has some momentum as well.
Up Next: @ Pitt, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Opening Line: Pitt -8
7. Pitt (6-4)
Last Week: 8
Game Result: 37-7 win vs Virginia
The Panthers jump up a spot in this week’s ranking after notching their second consecutive win, this time a convincing 37-7 rout on the road at Virginia. Standout halfback Izzy Abanikanda continued his dominant season, finishing the game with 121 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries (5.04 ypc). Pitt’s defense had Virginia’s number all day long — they held the Cavs to 152 passing yards and sacked QB Brennan Armstrong eight times. The Panthers have given up just 16 points over their last two contests. With the win, Pitt becomes bowl eligible and will look to earn win no. 7 next weekend against a red-hot Duke squad.
Up Next: vs Duke, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Opening Line: Pitt -8
8. Wake Forest (6-4)
Last Week: 6
Game Result: 36-34 loss vs UNC
Wake Forest couldn’t stop the skid on Saturday, dropping a close one to the No. 15 Tar Heels at home. A costly Sam Hartman interception with just over four minutes left in the game set the Tar Heels up to kick the game winning field goal. Despite getting the ball back with over two minutes on the clock and all three timeouts, Wake couldn’t make anything happen and turned it over on downs. Hartman was fantastic most of the way, throwing for 321 yards and four TDs through the air. This is the third straight loss for Dave Clawson’s squad, a shock considering they sat at No. 10 in the country just a month ago. Syracuse comes to town for a primetime matchup on Saturday night.
Next Up: vs Syracuse, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Opening Line: Wake Forest -9
9. Syracuse (6-4)
Last Week: 7
Game Result: 38-3 loss vs Florida State
It’s been a rough month for the Orange. After Saturday’s thrashing they’ve now dropped four straight — it’s a stark departure from the team that led Clemson 21-10 at halftime four games ago. QB Garrett Shrader was back this week but struggled in his return, completing just 6/16 passes for a meager 65 yards. Star RB Sean Tucker finished with 52 rushing yards on 14 carries. After falling to Pitt 19-9 last week, Syracuse has put up just 12 points over their last two games. Dino Babers’ group will look to right the ship against Wake Forest next week in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Up Next: @ Wake Forest, Saturday, 8:00 p.m., ACC Network
Opening Line: Wake Forest -9
Boston College becomes first ACC team to win with negative rushing yards in 10 years (bcinterruption.com; Graveliese)
The Boston College football team made themselves the answer to a weird trivia question yesterday, as they became the first ACC team to win a game after finishing with negative rushing yards in ten years. According to College Football Reference, the last time it happened was Florida State picking up -15 yards in a win over Virginia Tech.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t the first time it happened in FBS this year:
The Eagles gained a grand total of 46 positive rushing yards - 15 total by running backs, all by Alex Broome, on 6 attempts. Pat Garwo had 4 attempts for a total of -6 yards. Emmett Morehead ran for 31, while he also lost 32 via sacks.
A total of 8 handoffs is generally not a recipe for road success, but Emmett Morehead and the receivers delivered enough for BC to pick up the upset, with Morehead throwing 48 times.
A far cry from ‘pound the rock.’ It’s obviously not a good thing to have the running game continue to struggle, but certainly impressive for BC to overcome that and win anyway.
What if the ACC and Pac-10 really do partner? (RX; HM)
What if the ACC and Pac-10 really do partner?
If this "limited partnership" thing really happens, what do we - the fans - get out of it?
ACC/Pac-10 Football Challenge
I started by ranking the teams in both conferences and matching up #1's, #2's, etc. Then I tweaked a few matchups to give more compelling stories (e.g. Stanford / Syracuse and Colorado / Ga Tech).
Oregon vs Clemson
Utah vs N Carolina
Washington vs NC State
Oregon St vs Virginia Tech
Wash. State vs Florida St
Arizona St vs Louisville
California vs Duke
Arizona vs Pittsburgh
Stanford vs Syracuse
Colorado vs Georgia Tech
Some of these games might be Tier 1 worthy. Oregon vs Clemson is a no-brainer, of course, possibly Utah vs UNC, maybe even Washing vs. NC State and Washington State vs Florida State. Some of the other games would make good ACCN-type games, like Oregon State vs Virginia Tech and Arizona State vs. Louisville. Is it a home run? No, more like an extra base hit.
AP Poll Analysis 2022 Nov 13 (RX; HM)
AP Poll Analysis 2022 Nov 13
Just a very brief post about this week's AP poll...
Clemson won in convincing fashion - and moved up 3 spots to 9th.
North Carolina beat a tough Wake Forest team - and moved up 2 spots to 13th.
NC State took an ugly loss to Boston College - and was dropped from the Top 25 (they are effectively 26th); this is why the Wolfpack can't have nice things! [see also AllSportsDiscussion: NC State With an Epically Bad Loss...]
Notre Dame squeaked by Navy - but still moved up 2 spots because... Irish.
Florida State won in convincing fashion - and moved up 5 spots to 20th.
Can Boston College beat two ranked teams in a row? They visit Notre Dame on Saturday...
NC State needs someone ahead of them to lose to climb back into the Top 25; Coastal Carolina visits UVa Saturday - your football fate is in the hands of the Wahoos now, Wolfpack!
Biggest Losers 2022 Nov 12th (RX; HM)
SchadenfreudeVirginia Tech fans hate the taste of losing, but Hokies can take solace in knowing that Virginia and Liberty - VT's next two opponents - drank from the same bitter cup Saturday. (By the way, Old Dominion also lost - to James Madison, by 34 points! So ODU won't be going bowling this year.)
Louisville fans no doubt felt bad about their team losing to Clemson... until they saw that the Kentucky Wildcats lost... at home... to Vanderbilt... Cardinal happiness!
South Carolina continued its late season slide, getting crushed by Florida, 6-38, in the Swamp.
Steve and Katrina Skinner recently purchased the Baumbach house, located at 2226 James St. in Eastwood.
Inside an Arts & Crafts gem in Eastwood inspired by Stickley (Beyond the Front Door) (PS; $; Haas)
The name Baumbach can still be seen etched into the knocker on the front door at 2226 James St.
It’s a century-old reminder of the history Steve Skinner inherited when he and his wife, Katrina, bought the home for $300,000 earlier this year. The house, situated prominently on the handsome corner of Shotwell Park, has maintained much of the original character and beauty.
The house was originally constructed in 1914 for the family of Henry G. Baumbach. The original abstract notes that the land for the home was purchased from “Mr. Shotwell” and “Mr. Hickok,” reflecting the names of nearby streets. After purchasing the land, Baumbach hired Harry D. Phoenix to design his home in what was then considered the Village of Eastwood (Eastwood was annexed into the city in 1926).
Baumbach operated a barber shop inside the Yates Hotel and later entered a career in real estate. His family owned the property until the passing of Henry’s wife, Kathryn around 1960.
Phoenix was born in England in 1875 and was brought to Central New York at a young age. He grew up in Canastota and later became an art student in New York City. He eventually returned to CNY to take an architectural course at Syracuse University and began to engage in local development.
He organized the Eastern States Mortgage and Development Company and opened an office in the Union Building. He went on to construct many public and residential buildings in this city. Another example of his work that still stands today is 307 Kirkpatrick St.