Van Chew

September 12, 2011 - 11:58am
News and notes on Syracuse's Week 2 victory over Rhode Island.

-  My recap of Saturday’s game, which was previewed as a blowout in the making but turned into a hard-won 21-14 Orange victory over the Rhode Island Rams.

-  Attendance at the game was billed as 36,421, which seemed high considering the number of empty seats in the Carrier Dome.  

September 10, 2011 - 10:33pm
The Orange start slow once again, but survive visiting Rhode Island to stay undefeated.

It wasn’t pretty, but SU’s football team held off the potential upset bid by the Rhode Island Rams with a pair of clutch interceptions by safety Phillip Thomas and a career day from quarterback Ryan Nassib. After the game, head coach Doug Marrone expressed frustration in the mistakes “pretty much everyone” on his team made, but still stressed the importance of the bigger picture.

September 8, 2011 - 10:51am
With their season opener jitters behind them, the Orange hope to play a full game against Rhode Island Saturday.

Syracuse celebrates 2011 Pinstripe Bowl win. If nothing else, the 2011 Syracuse University football team has already made an impression.

September 1, 2011 - 11:31pm
The Orange struggles early, but finds its rhythm to come back against Wake Forest in overtime.

In the blink of an eye, SU's football team took over.

What seemed to be a slumping offense turned out to be a sleeping giant courtesy of a 53-yard touchdown run by Antwon Bailey. Ironic considering Bailey’s fumble earlier in the quarter set up what seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for the Orange.

September 19, 2010 - 1:29am
QB Ryan Nassib's record-setting TD performance leads the home-opening win over Maine.

Ryan Nassib threw a team record five touchdown passes and Syracuse shook off a slow start to rout Maine in their home opener Saturday, 38-14.

“It feels pretty good, especially with all the great quarterbacks that have come through here,” Nassib said about setting the school record for touchdown passes in a game.

September 4, 2010 - 11:43pm
Behind a strong defensive performance and a balanced offense, SU beat Akron 29-3 Saturday in Ohio.

Ryan Nassib threw for two touchdowns and the Syracuse defense scored one of its own on a blocked field goal, as the Orange crushed Akron, 29-3, to open the season with a victory for the first time since 2003.

“That’s the way we wanted to open it up," senior running back Delone Carter said in a postgame interview. "Just set the stage and continue to work hard and do it every game.