The second season of the Scott Shafer has come to a sour end.
Syracuse fell to Boston College 28-7, Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. The Orange finish the season 3-9, its worst record since 2008. It gave up a touchdown on a kickoff return, allowed BC into the end zone instead of settling for FGs, and were chasing the game all day. There was also a scrum which highlighted the frustration of this SU team all season.
Like it has been for the majority of the season, the Orange was unable to put anything together on the offensive side of the ball, largely because Syracuse had three different starting quarterbacks throughout the season and it saw a number of injuries to key players. While AJ Long scrambled into the end zone for the lone SU score, once again it was just not enough production from the attack.
For Orange fans, this is a season to forget. The focus has shifted to next season, ensuring that this year’s errors and mistakes do not happen again. AJ Long showed promising signs of success as a true freshman. He proved to be able to throw accurately at times, but not enough. His season completion percentage was about 55 percent and with a number of starts under his belt, he should be ready to handle the plays next season as a sophomore.
The bottom line is this: put this season away. Look ahead to the changes to come next year.
Posted: Austin Pollack