The Daily Orange (Syracuse)

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    Coach Logan Martinez avoids the humiliation of being the first user to lose a game as Syracuse scores 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to come from behind and win 20-16 over Penn State.​
    Syracuse certainly didn't make it easy on themselves, especially in the passing game, as their offense essentially came up blank for 3 quarters. Their defense bended, but did not break, as they gave up some yardage but forced the Nittany Lions to kick field goals instead of scoring touchdowns in Orange territory.​
    The Orange came alive in the 4th quarter however, as a couple of nifty Prince Tyson Gulley punt returns gave Syracuse excellent field position on both of their scoring drives.​
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    HB Jerome Smith takes on the Penn State defender on the goaline and helps close the score to 16-13 in favor of Penn State with 5:56 left in the 4th quarter.
    Gulley was rewarded for his efforts as he caught a 4 yard TD pass with 3:17 to go that put Syracuse up for good.​
    From there, the defense would hold firm and force a Penn State punt. On the ensuing Syracuse possession, they were able to run out the clock thanks to excellent running (and blocking) on the part of Jerome Smith.​
    Syracuse begins life in their new conference next week as they travel to Durham to take on the Blue Devils.​
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    Prince Tyson Gulley scores on a 4 yard TD reception with 3:17 to go to seal the 20-16 Orange victory.

     
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    Syracuse certainly didn't make it easy on themselves in their first ever ACC game. Despite playing one of the weaker teams in the ACC in Duke, the Orange could never gain control of the game, even after scoring on a 63 yard screen pass to Prince Tyson Gulley on their opening drive of the game.

    The Orange forced Duke to punt when they received the ball, but that was the only time all game that Syrcause's defense put up any sort of fight. The two teams would trade scores the rest of the first half - the biggest play of the game up to that point was Tyson Gulley's 101-yard kickoff return after a Duke touchdown. Syracuse would lead the Blue Devils 21-17 going into halftime, though Duke squandered an opportunity to put more points up on the board when they passed on a field goal chance to go for a throw into the endzone, which ended up sailing harmlessly out of bounds.

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    The back of Tyson Gulley's jersey was a familiar sight for Blue Devil defenders
    Duke would hit a field goal on their opening second half possession - Syracuse followed with one of their own. Duke would take momentum into the 4th quarter as they scored on a slant pass - something they continued to run over and over again because the Orange simply could not stop it, no matter what they did. When Duke wasn't completing slants, they were running the read option, another play Syracuse couldn't stop. The TD that put Duke up 27-24 heading into the 4th epitomized the efforts of the Orange D.
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    Duke WR Jamison Crowder scores on a 11 yard slant - the WR had a big day, catching 9 balls for 111 yards.
    Duke would score again to make it 34-24 as QB Anthony Boone continued to shred the Orange defense. Knowing their backs were against the wall, Syracuse revved up the no-huddle, throwing a touchdown pass with 4:42 left to make it 34-31. Again, the Orange D failed to step up, as they gave up a TD run with 2:53 left to make i 41-31.

    The Orange would get the ball back, and after finding their rhythm on their last drive, Pince Gulley scored again on a 31 yard TD reception to make it 41-38 with 1:45 to go. Knowing their defense couldn't stop a nose bleed, Coach Martinez elected to go for the onside kick with two timeouts left. They failed to get it. But finally, they were able to get a stop, though they had to use all their timeouts.

    Syracuse was forced to drive 70 yards with less than 50 seconds left and no timeouts. QB Drew Allen led the team onto the field and exuded the confidence that eluded him in a terrible performance last week - however, he led a fourth quarter comeback , albeit with far more time on the clock. 3 completions later, the Orange were already in the redzone. And with 19 seconds left, Allen rolled right and threw a dart into the hands of TE Beckett Wales with 18 seconds left to make it 45-41 Orange.

    On the Devils first play with the ball back, they called a intermediate slant (of course) and FINALLY Syracuse stepped up and stopped it, intercepting the pass and sealing the Orange's first ever win in the ACC.
     
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    Good read...and CLOSE game!
     
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    Yes duke slant cheese. They have done this the 2 times I played them offline
     
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    After flirting with disaster in their last two contests, Syracuse's luck finally ran out. Northwestern QB Kain Colter ripped the Orange D to shreds, throwing for 255 yards on 82% completion percentage while also rushing for 115 yards and a TD on just 12 carries. None of his runs were longer than 24 yards - he consistently gashed the poultry Syracuse defense.​
    Orange QB Drew Allen had a hard time finding that same success, as he was roughed up all day. The tone for the game was set on the first possession after he was thrown down for a demoralizing sack. He was able to score 3 total TDs, but none of them came easy.​
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    QB Drew Allen fights his way for 2nd quarter touchdown
    The score was 26-21 Northwestern in the 4th quarter when the key play of the game occurred. Facing a 3rd down, Drew Allen forced a ball to his tight end B. Wales when it was picked off in the endzone. The Northwestern defender made an excellent play on the ball and sprinted in front of his man for the game-changing INT.​
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    After leading two comebacks in as many weeks, Drew Allen couldn't continue the magic against Northwestern.
    Northwestern would drive from the 1-yard line and wind down much of the 4th quarter clock, where they eventually kicked a field goal. Syracuse got the ball back one last time - and Drew Allen completely misread the defense and zoned in on one receiver, which resulted in him leaving another man WIDE OPEN. The result? An interception in double coverage that finalized Syracuse's first loss of the season. The Orange will look to bounce back next week as they host Tulane.​
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    Drew Allen misses his man (middle left of the photo) on the last Syracuse offensive possession of the game.
     
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    QB Drew Allen stumbles his way into the endzone in the 4th quarter against Tulane
    The Syracuse Orange rebounded from a tough loss on the road and were able to squeak by the Tulane Green Wave, 38-24. It certainly didn't come easy for the Orange - at one point they trailed 21-10 in the second quarter thanks to the continued ineptitude of their defense and the precision of Tulane QB Joe...Nick Montana.​
    They were able to carry momentum into halftime and into the second stanza after scoring a touchdown in the closing stages of the second quarter on a 2 yard Drew Allen TD run, followed by another TD run by Allen at the beginning of the third quarter. Tulane responded with a field goal that made it 24-24 all heading into the 4th.​
    Syracuse took over in the 4th quarter however, as Drew Allen scampered into the endzone on two more touchdown runs, bringing his total to 4 for the day, along with his one touchdown pass. Allen is not known for his athleticism but he is mobile enough to keep opposing defenses honest in Coach Martinez's "Power Spread" offense. Allen, along with HBs Jerome Smith and Prince Gulley, pounded Tulane on the ground as the Orange racked up 233 rushing yards on the day.​
    Syracuse will host UNC and coach Roggie next week in an important conference matchup.​
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    HB Prince Tyson Gulley showed off nifty moves in the open field Saturday against UNC
    After playing an even first half, the Syracuse Orange defense turned it up a few notches in the second half, giving up only one touchdown after the half en route to a 37-24 win over UNC at home.​
    The Orange gained momentum right away to begin the game, when they force a Bryn Renner fumble on UNC's opening possession and returned it to the house. MLB Marcus Spruill tight-roped the sideline after picking up the ball, coming as close to stepping out of bounds as possible, and waltzed into the endzone, leaving coach Roggie furious. But after further review, it was deemed too difficult to over-rule the call (actually, there was no review at all, lol, that's what initially pissed Tyler off so much).​
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    UNC rebounded nicely however and scored on their next possession, and their defense stymied the Orange offense in the redzone on multiple occasions. UNC kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to make it 17-17 at the half.​
    The UNC D again took a bend but don't break approach on the Orange's next possession, and forced a field goal. However, after another Renner turnover gave Syracuse the ball back in good field position, QB Drew Allen ran a beautifully ran option keeper into the endzone to make it 27-17 to end the 3rd quarter.​
    UNC would again respond on a drive where Syrcause was called for roughing the passer - which culminated in an AJ Blue TD run. Drew Allen would then make the play of the game when the Orange got the ball back, as he threw a dart right into the hands of WR Jeremiah Kobena on a deep crossing route threw two defenders. Kobena then outran the rest of the defense and scored on a 50-yard TD reception. ​
    Syrcause would force a turnover-on-downs, and tack on a field goal to extend the lead and seal the game, 37-24.​
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    Prince Tyson Gulley fights through a tackle to score the go-ahead TD
    After weeks of playing poultry defense (at best), the Syracuse Orange may have turned the corner given their performances against Top-25 caliber teams in UNC and Clemson.​
    But it was their offense that initially ignited the squad. The Orange could not be stopped in the 1st quarter, as they ran roughshed through and around the Tigers defense, racking up 21 points and over 200 yards in just the opening 7 minutes. Much of that can be attributed to the arm (and legs) of QB Drew Allen, who was hitting his mark on all of his throws, including a 17-yard TD pass to TE Beckett Wales and he made a few nice cuts in between the tackles on a 6-yard TD run.​
    Clemson would trail 21-3 after the 1st, but their defense would clamp down for a long period of time after that. At one point near the end of the 2nd, a graphic flashed across the screen showing how Syracuse had gained 222 yards in the 1st while only gaining a measly "1" in the 2nd quarter. The Orange D would step up however, as they only allowed one score despite Clemson having the ball for most of the quarter. The no-huddle gave Syracuse some trouble, but it didn't hinder the unit useless as it has many times throughout the season. Syracuse would tack on a field goal at then end of the half to make it 24-10 Orange.​
    Again, the Clemson Tigers would clamp down on defense, as they didn't allow a point all quarter. The Syracuse D played well in spurts, but Clemson was able to score another TD - a Tajh Boyd dart to WR Charone Peake. Finally, the Orange offense was able to pick up some momentum as Syracuse would have the ball at the goaline when the quarter ended, thanks to the hard work of HB Jerome Smith between the trenches.​
    The first play of the fourth quarter was deja-vu all over again for Drew Allen (based on his failures in the Northwestern game) as he threw another costly pick in the endzone after he was late on his read. Two plays later, Clemson was in the endzone again on another Charone Peake TD reception - and suddenly, what could've been a 14-point game was tied. The teams exchanged possessions, and Drew Allen would have the chance to redeem himself. He calmly completed a 55-yard screen pass to HB Jerome Smith on a perfect play call as Clemson sent multiple blitzers. Two plays later, Allen threw a pass in the flats to HB Prince Tyson Gulley who scampered in from 8 yards out - another clutch 4th quarter TD for the Senior.​
    The Syracuse D would take over from there, with some help. They harassed Tajh Boyd into a couple of rushed throws, resulting in a key 4th down around midfield. Boyd had an open man on a slant pattern, but it went right through his hands - turnover on downs, Syracuse ball with a minute and a half left.​
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    Clemson had all three timeouts, but the Orange relentlessly pounded the ball on the ground and Clemson simply could not stop it. FINAL: Syracuse 31 Clemson 24.​
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    This writeup isn't going to be long simply because of the fact that words really can't do this game justice. It was absolutely insane and it will be a dynasty matchup that I will never forget. I uploaded a ton of highlights to the dynasty wire - could've saved a lot more if there was enough room for it.​
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    You can say nobody played any defense. But one thing is for certain - you will be hard-pressed to find another game that was more exciting all season than the one that played out on Saturday.​
    Looking back on it, the most remarkable aspect of the game might have been the fact that Syracuse failed to score in the 1st quarter. Even so, they more than made up for it in the end.​
    There were so many remarkable plays in this game, it's impossible to point out just one. The overtime alone had more big plays than most games. The two coaches each were faced with a 4th and 2 when they had the ball in different overtimes (I don't even remember which OTs they were anymore) and rather than playing it safe and kicking a field goal, they sent their offensive units on the field because they knew if their team only came away with 3 points, they would lose once the other put up 6.​
    The only time Syracuse was able to get pressure all game was when it mattered most. NC State had the ball in the 5th OT inside the 10 yard line when they forced a rushed throw, then came up with a sack to force 3rd and 17. With momentum finally on their side, the Orange D came up with an interception on the next play to seal the win, 78-70, in classic 5 OT ACC thriller.​
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    Unfortunately, the game froze when it was uploading my highlights so I have no pictures or box scores to post here - I don't even have a game story to look at. No stats, no score summary, no nothing. But, Syracuse did come out on top 33-28 in a game where they were up 27-14 in the 4th, but Notre Dame scored and then took an interception back to the house with less than 2 minutes left to take the lead.

    But, as he has all season, Price Tyson-Gulley had a huge 44 yard kickoff return to put the Orange in great field position. On the very next play, RB Jerome Smith gained 48 yards on a HB sweep out of the shotgun and put Syracuse in the redzone. He then would pound it in from 1 yard out with around 30 seconds left and sealing the win.

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