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Ranking the performances of SU's future opponents- Week 4


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Aug 26, 2011

HOLY CROSS lost 10-23 at Yale. The Crusaders got to within 10-13 with 12:42 but the Bulldogs salted it away with ten late points. Yale pounded them in yardage, 507-237, including 276-92 on the ground. They had 24 first downs to 11. Connor Degenhardt completed only 10 of 27 passes For the Cross but gained 145 yards and threw for a score. His runners averaged only 3.4 yards per carry.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE built up a 27-7 early third quarter lead against visiting Ball State, then held the cardinals to three field goals before trading late touchdowns in a 34-23 win. “N.C. State completed only two passes and had 104 total yards after halftime.” (ESPN) A 76 yard punt return and the block of another, setting up the final touchdown kept the game under control. Ball State out-gained NC State 417-341 thanks to 333 yards passing and were +1 in turnovers. Matthew McKay was 17 for 30 for 175 yards, 0TDs and 1 interception for the Wolfpack. Nobody ran for more than 55 yards although the Pack ran for three scores.

PITTSBURGH won a wild game over #15 Central Florida, shocking the visitors by taking a 21-0 lead, then giving up 31 unanswered points before rallying to win 35-34. (That sounds a little like our game with them last year, except we couldn’t hold on to our second lead.) The game ended a 27 game regular season winning streak for the Knights. Pitt out-gained the visitors 439-423 and had ten more first downs, 30-20 and were +1 in turnovers.

FLORIDA STATE won a battle of once-and-future powers over LOUISVILLE 35-24 in Tallahassee. Cam Akers ran 29 times for 112 yards and 3TDs. The Seminoles out-gained the Cardinals 522-410, had 26 first downs to 18 and were +2 in turnovers. They burs tout to a 21-0 first quarter lead but the Cardinals, showing spirit they were lacking last year, rallied for 24 unanswered point before the Noles, showing a spirit they lacked last year, came back to put it away with two touchdowns in the late going. Alex Hornbrook took over for James Blackman at QB for State and was 15 for 20 for 255 yards for 2TDs with no interceptions. Malik Cunningham was 16 for 27 for 286 yards, 2TDs and 1 interception for the ‘Ville.

BOSTON COLLEGE pulled away at Rutgers to win 30-16 after having a narrow 17-13 halftime lead. They led in total yards 436-380 and had 27 first downs to 14 while being +2 in turnovers. They rushed for 277 yards, 150 from A. J. Dillon, who scored twice. The Eagles gave up 304 yards passing.

DUKE had the week off.

WAKE FOREST had a walk-over with Elon, 49-7. But they are now 4-0, although they really haven’t played anybody really good yet. The deacons just steadily built up their lead with two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and a seventh in the fourth. They out-gained the visitors 607-183, running for 214 yards and passing for 393. They had 32 first downs to 11, overwhelming the fact that they had the game’s only turnover. Jamie Newman was 27 for 35 for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns against one interception. Cade Carney was held to 39 yards rushing but Kenny walker had 91 yards and a score on just 9 carries.

My ranking of how they played this past week:

1) Pittsburgh – you gotta give it to the Panthers for taking an 0-31 run from a team that had won 27 of its last 28 games and still pulling out the win.
2) Florida State, who did something similar against Louisville- but it was Louisville.
3) Wake Forest – I don’t care who they have played- this is a good team.
4) Louisville – almost made an epic comeback on the road.
5) Boston College – hey a win over a Big Ten team is a win over a Big Ten team.
6) NC State- struggled to beat Ball State
7) Holy Cross- because they are Holy Cross.

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