Seventh Heaven! D.A.’s Knee-Jerk Reaction After Syracuse Beats Temple

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Syracuse put a final stamp on its schedule with a 38-20 win in Philadelphia over Temple. Job well done by the Orange, finishing the regular season strong with seven wins. Here’s my instant reaction:

  • Take a bow Doug Marrone. There were many critics throughout the season’s lowest moments including myself, wondering how a coach that preached discipline could have a team that continually made dumb mistakes and beat itself. But the conviction and strong will of Marrone drove this team to reach its potential in the second half of the season.
  • What a brilliant stretch run by SU. After a frustrating and dispiriting first six games, including a lethargic win over Stony Brook at home and the low point of the season – the loss in Minnesota – the Orange caught fire. Syracuse won five of its final six games, including blow out victories over UConn, Louisville and Temple. The comeback in Tampa was a sterling moment of resiliency for Marrone’s team. And close road losses against two of the best teams in the league (Cincinnati and Rutgers) were the only defeats in conference.
  • The offense was terrific, and hung another 30-spot on the board. Only three times in 12 games did SU fail to score 24 points, and they all came in back-to-back-to-back weeks (@MIN, v. PIT, @RU). Had the attack been even halfway decent on those weeks, Syracuse may have won all three. In the final game, Syracuse poured on the points after trailing early and seemed to be able to flip the switch against Temple.
  • Great, hard running by PTG to put the game on ice. Prince-Tyson Gulley steamrolled the Owls defensive line from 3 yards out to make it 31-20, and proved he’s growing into the type of powerful back SU can build a ground game around next year. He finished with 83 yards, and averaged 6.4 per carry Friday.
  • Good job by SU taking advantage of a lesser opponent on national television. The 11a kick the morning after Thanksgiving is an awkward time slot, but the ESPN2 audience on a holiday weekend is valuable. And the Orange didn’t get embarrassed, or even win an ugly game. Despite spotting Temple the first 10 points, the talent differential was obvious by the end of the game.
  • And good night now, Big East. Syracuse finishes its final season as an original member of the conference it helped build at 5-2, only losing once in the final month and a half. Nice to put an exclamation point on the end of this era of SU football.
  • Syracuse has built major momentum for its postseason bid. Undoubtedly, at seven wins the Orange will get a bowl berth. The extra month of practice can only help the program prepare for its first year in the ACC. Even if SU is heading back to the Pinstripe Bowl, there’s plenty to anticipate inside Yankee Stadium. A recognizable opponent like Texas or TCU would be a tremendous opportunity for the program to make its mark nationally this season.

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  1. Aaron says:

    Appologies, but I don’t understand how Texas falls to 7th team in big 12?

  2. Ron says:

    @D.A;

    After reading the article in today’s Post Standard on Ryan Nassib, I can honestly say I understand a little better as to why we lost those 1st 4 games earlier this year. It’s reported that Coach Hackett came to him and asked him to throw everything he knew about the old system out the window and use the new system(hurry-up no huddle offense)2 weeks before the start of this season.

    He was struggling a little at the beginning of the season and then turned himself into a 1st round or 2nd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    Oh! and one other thing D.A.the article isn’t to bad either.

  3. Ron says:

    @Russell MacEachern;
    I was looking at he point spread in the paper today after the game. Syracuse was favored by 8 points and the Over/under for the game was set at 57 points. Don’t you think someone had to make some(lot’s of) money today?

  4. the sackster says:

    i’m so proud of this football team, for all the hard work they put into the season and winning some real big games. i think they went ahead and corrected there mistakes and played some great football in the late part of the season. way to go guys, you deserve it.

  5. Cuse17 says:

    DA is going a little overboard! They continue to play sloppy football..turnovers,penalties…lots of mental errors. Temple is not Alabama.
    But.. Wins are wins.. The kids play hard..they don’t give up when their down..when they roll they look good..they spread the ball..they play against the weakness in the competition…..good efforts.
    I’m hoping they play well in “whichever” bowl and use this year as something to build on. DM has been here long enough to own the program and the recruits. He’s been adding size and talent. Maybe the exit of the jerkoff Chancellor will put more emphasis on Sports and Education and less on “community” organizing.
    Good luck to DM and the kids in “whichever” Bowl…it would be a nice way to end the season and leave the Big East!

  6. Russell MacEachern says:

    Hey Ron,The score if not for the late int was 31-20….EXACTLY my prediction but I prefer the 38 anyway lol!!Congrats too all and Nassib carried the team till later in the season when Pugh and the RBs opened up the O so he would’ve been a top 5 QB under any circumstances!Hey Aaron,Im not the only one hoping to beat a big brand “Texas” according to our optimistic blogger but thats what winners are made of…no?..UT,TCU or WVU anybody but Iowa St will do us justice in a bowl not to mention the extra 15 days of practice the NCAA allows is huge!!BTW Im hearing L’ville,Cinncy and maybe UConn to ACC according to a Tallahassee,Fla news source tba Monday?

  7. Russell MacEachern says:

    If their taking 3,who’s leaving?FSU and Clemson?..or maybe its another out of control rumor?Maybe the ACC wont be too bad but its looking more like the BE by the day!!How are we gonna get a recruiting edge if everyone is invited in?Well,at least we’ll have a safe home!!

  8. Russell MacEachern says:

    btw,Kudos to little Kent St 11-1 and ranked 20th with only the MAC card to recruit with….thats top notch coaching by Coach Hazel?How long will he stay in “the cradle of coaches”??If BC or UConn is smart thats were they’ll look!!

  9. Russell MacEachern says:

    @Ron,Im not sure about anyone else but I made $100 on us!Im sure most in Cuse nation made a nice penny!!How about U?My only regret is I did’nt bet more!!…Ron,if the rumors are true it looks like all that changed in Providence to Charlotte? “BE2″?…ESPN better up the $$$!!

  10. Terry says:

    DA its the players that must take a bow not HCDM/dougie!! They played their hearts out even when HCDM/dougie screwed up. But guys like you and Axeman always blamed the players on their bad play. Only occasionally did you 2 complain about HCDM mistakes!! 7-5 is a decent season but not great. Mark my words you’ll see next year how good Ryan Nassib was in his career here at SU. With no real quality behind Ryan, HCDM/dougie could become the same old dougie of years past. But any way thanks for the memories Ryan!!

  11. CuseOnly says:

    Terry, go away you are a douche-nozzle. Nobody here wants you here and you aren’t a fan.

    Not even gonna comment on your ignorant post.

    I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  12. bigdip says:

    @FizzFam….Sweet success! Congrats to the SU Orange on a very successful season. I dont care who we play, but the B12 #7 (if thats our opponent) should be Baylor, WVU, TT, or TCU…. all quality opposition.

    * BE CHAMPIONSHIP is still possible…go Louisville Thur. Night
    But by all means…lose to Duke bb tonight @9pm … Go Su bball

  13. bigdip says:

    @uncleR…dont put ya business onda posts..good grief Unc!
    @cuseonly…@terry is the howling shock jock…let’em howl..he’s still happy for Su?
    @DA….LOL….HCDM just pooted and waved it at you!

  14. Dr. bill says:

    Congratulations HCDM and the Syracuse Orange!! We played a very tough non conference schedule…ended up 7-5….and could have easily been 10-2!!!! This is what progress looks like folks!!!

  15. Dr. bill says:

    I have been calling for Adonis Ameen Moore to get some carries outside of the tank package all year……..He looks good when he touches the ball. How do we get him more carries?

  16. Ron says:

    @CuseOnly;everyone starting to see what I’ve said all along about Terrie. I agree with your post except calling him a douche-nozzle.

    That was being to kind to him. Thank though for your comments.

  17. Ron says:

    @Dr. bill;

    I said at the beginning of the year that Adonis Ameen Moore looked good and he should get some playing time. But let’s look at it as though we were both the coaches of this team. The question would have been,how do we install him into the game without disrupting the successful running attack that we have between Jerome Smith and Prince Tyson Gully?
    At the beginning of the season the coaching staff told us all that all of the backs(9) were all equal and one of them had to step forward and become the leader. Jerome Smith took the bull by the horns and became that person. I wouldn’t have changed anything,would you have?

    Just think Dr. bill,were adding another powerful running back(Augustus Edwards)to the mix in 2013. Competition during Spring practice will bring the creme to the top and tell the coaches who should get the job.

    I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  18. Ron says:

    @Russell MacEachern;

    Maybe your right again Russell about Louisville,Cincinnati and UCONN going to the ACC. That would be great if it happened and Russell maybe I wouldn’t feel to bad about our league breaking up because in the long run all it did was change it’s address.

    Just think about it for a second,football improves tremendously,basketball,lacrosse only gets stronger. The women’s sports only get stronger,what more could anyone want?
    Big whatever isn’t going to be able to compete with the ACC in basketball starting with the 2013 season.

    So when Maryland and Rutgers leave and if Florida State and Clemson stays bring in the 3 schools from the Big East that will give the ACC 13 schools.(right?) Then the ACC only needs one more school to make it a Super-conference. Any one of the schools from the remaining Big(12) would be a great fit to the new ACC.

    On another note Russell,the Syracuse Women’s Basketball team beat Georgia Tech and Virginia over the weekend and stay undefeated at 6-0. Not to shabby my friend,not to shabby at all.

  19. Ron says:

    Over the last few months people have voiced their concerns about not being able to recruit the 4/5 star only the no nothing 2/3 star athletes that weren’t intelligent enough to understand and play the game. If coach Marrone and staff continued down this road the results would be total destruction of the Syracuse Football program.

    In the picture that accompanies this post by the Fizz,two of those players are graduating seniors that will have a shot in the NFL.
    #13 Deon Goggins will make a great DE in the pros.
    #18 Siriki Diabate will make a great weak side OLB.
    #96 Jayson Bromley is definitely pro material and he is only a junior.

    But we have #75 OG Zach Chibane that will make the pros and #67 OT Justin Pugh that will no dought make the pros also.

    That’s just a few of the no nothing,unintelligent 2/3 star athletes who committed to and are graduating from Syracuse University in 2012.

    Thank you all for(showing the critics and shutting them up)on what it takes to be a man. Thank you all for choosing Syracuse University.

  20. Dr. bill says:

    Ron,
    I like your analysis of our Running Back situation. We may have too many Backs next year…There is still the Morris kid who is a freshman this year. And what about Broyld, Is he a QB? I want to find out if he can play QB. Imagine a QB with his running skills. If he can pass the ball, what a dynamic offense we would have!!!

  21. Ron says:

    @Dr. bill;

    I really don’t see Broyld at the quarterback position next year. Maybe he plays wide out!! To be honest,I just don’t know where they’re going to use him.
    I do agree with your assessment on George Morris III,I really don’t want to belittle anyone here when I say,I believe he’s the best running back that we have at Syracuse. We’re just going to have to wait to see what happens. I think the competition is going to be fierce for a starting job and I also believe that they will set up using the backs by committee. There’s not going to be a lack of player’s that want to run and pound the opposing defenses when carrying the ball for Syracuse.

    Oh!! to have such horrible problem’s trying to decide what person to start. Should give the coaching staff headaches just thinking about it.

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