There’s the flip side,though. We were outplayed for most of the game but by the same token, the Boilers didn’t convert a lot of that into actual scoring. Kind of like a lot of fast breaks in basketball but then blowing the layup.I’m happy to be 3-0 and I know we won, but oddly it feels like we lost last night instead of winning. I think it is because games like yesterday we are usually on the other side of.
Thought the big 10 officials played a huge role in the game. Mostly favoring Purdue for most of the game, and then calling it straight late to keep Syracuse in the game. late.
Wow! Really! That's trivial, and that's giving it more credence than it deserves.I thought Gadsen's hesitation after he caught the ball on his first touchdown was brilliant.
On the flip side, I was annoyed that a third of the Cuse players had a white undershirt hanging down their pants, a third had a black undershirt hanging down their pants, and a third had their shirts tucked in - not a good team look.
Good post. We play them again next year in West Lafayette. I am happy knowing O’Connell will not be in uniform for that game.After watching the game again several times, I think our perspective on the game isn't quite accurate. While Purdue had many big plays in the late 3rd and 4th quarters, SU's defense stopped them numerous times all game long. The pick six won the game. SU won the turnover game and dramatically.
Late in the 2nd quarter, Purdue had 13 first downs and SU had 6. After that point, SU won that game 17 first downs to 12. Defenses won the day until the 4th quarter.
SU's special teams were also better on the day. The punter was solid, we blocked a kick, and Szymt kicked a 50 yard field goal. There was much to like.
SU may have seemed to be losing the line battles, but SU led much of the game: 3-0, 10-9, 18-15, 25-15, 25-22, and finally 32-29. Shrader, Anae, et al. had answers every time Purdue went ahead. A superb QB threw for 424 yards against us and still lost. We got some breaks but persistence gained 23 first downs for SU and the winning td with 7 seconds left. Amazing...
If Alford wants to play at the next level, he needs to work on his downfield blocking. He did manage to run interference on Gadsden's 1st TD, but I noticed several running plays where he did nothing to help. One that stands out was on a QB scramble in the 3rd Qtr., where #82 totally whiffed on blocking the Purdue CB that allowed him lay a wicked hit on Shrader along the right sideline.
Not a great day for Garrett Williams draft stock. I get he had the toughest assignment all day but he cannot give up multiple big plays and still expect 1st round draft projections. He’ll rebound and be fine but just not a good day.