Friday Football - Northwestern

Syracuse wraps up Big Ten slate against Wildcats.

The Dome party continues this weekend; Coach Mac and SU lax atop VIP list.


Orange wide receiver Mike Williams is the best player SU has on offense.  Coach Marrone, please throw the ball to him on the first drive.  At Penn State, the ball did not come M-Dubz’ way until late in the first half.  I thought he caught the ball on fourth-and-goal.  High-fived my new friend, Jeff, because the touch down streak continued!  We know, its over.  But can you blame Mike?  Not often a ball hits the SU receivers in the numbers early on, and after stretching for three quarters to reach balls up the elevator, one in the chest leaves you off guard.


The Hillmen dominated their first two opponents, entering the third week of the season ranked first in all three defensive categories and second in total offense (415.5 yards per game). SU found a barometer in Norfolk, Va., facing off with the Midshipmen from the Naval Academy. Named the 11th Oyster Bowl, the rains that day helped the Orange crack the shell of the Navy offense (top-10 with 347.7 yards per game), producing a pearly win, 32-6. 


My student loan money finally came through and I no longer have to search for parking spaces along East Genesee Street.  One drawback – with my new parking lot placement, the morning walk past the Delta Delta Delta house has been eliminated.  The sorority women know how to take care of their property:  recent coat of paint, trimmed shrubbery and clean porch.  Tennis claps.


Orange:              SU 17, Northwestern 14 – Special teams, the top SU unit, makes big play to turn game. 

National Game:  Florida 35, Tennessee 14 – is there a better football coach right now than Urban Meyer?  Is there more of a mad man than Lane Kiffin

Bates Shop:  A lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, I loved watching Bill Bates play kick coverage.  People in this area feel the same about Steve Tasker. Bates’ son, Hunter, is listed as a safety on the Wildcats’ roster with two tackles on the season.  Look where you see #7 on the field.

Tackle Box:  Saturday’s game features two of the top defensive tackles in the country:  SU captain Arthur Jones (6’4”, 293 lbs.) and Northwestern senior  Corey Wootton (6’7”, 280).  Both are coming off injury yet are candidates for the Lombardi Trophy---Wootton is 4th all-time at Northwestern for career sacks (15.5) while Jones posted 16.5 tackles for a loss in 2007.


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Keep up the good reporting.

Keep up the good reporting.

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