Running out the clock: Week 5 edition

News and notes from Syracuse's double OT loss to Rutgers, 19-16.

Here’s my recap of Saturday’s game, a 19-16 loss to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. “We didn’t take advantage of opportunity” - Doug Marrone.

Ryan Nassib attempts a tackle after throwing an interception.

Ryan Nassib had his worst statistical day of the season, with an uncharacteristic 15 completions on 32 attempts for 169 yards. The yardage total is his lowest of the season. Also, Nassib’s three interceptions were two more than he had thrown so far this season.

Antwon Bailey amassed his highest amount of yardage on the ground this season as the senior piled up 124 rushing yards against Rutgers. However, his two fumbles were one more than he had all season.

Dyshawn Davis finished with one of the better defensive stat lines of the season. The freshman finished with six tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.  He also had one of the hardest hits you’ll ever see on a football field, clobbering Jawan Jamison of Rutgers on Jamison’s first carry.

Your leader in tackles this week is Dan Vaughan with 15. In second place was Jeremi Wilkes, who had nine. Both are career-highs.

Ri’Shard Anderson’s fumble return for a touchdown was the first by a member of the Orange since Jerry Mackey’s against Illinois in 2006. The fumble recovery was the second non-offensive touchdown scored by the Orange under Doug Marrone—Mike Holmes’ returned a blocked field goal against Akron last season.  

Mohamed Sanu, the highly touted receiver for Rutgers, had a tough time against the Syracuse secondary. Sanu only had seven catches, matching his season low. His 65 receiving yards are also a season low.

Rutgers had a tough time on the ground yesterday. The team finished with 5 total rushing yards. By comparison, Syracuse running back Jerome Smith, who only had three carries on the day, finished with 6 yards.

Despite the offensive woes, Rutgers managed to have seven more yards of total offense than the Orange, as they gained 302 yards to Syracuse’s 295. The Scarlet Knights also won the time of possession battle (36:30 to 23:30) and accumulated more first downs (23 to 15). 

With the movie 50/50 in theaters, here’s a 50/50 statistic: if a field goal was attempted in Saturday’s game, it had a 50 percent chance of success. San San Te of Rutgers was four of seven on the day, while Ross Krautman made just one of his three attempts.

Next week sees the Orange (3-2, 0-1 road) travel to New Orleans, L.A. to take on the Tulane Green Wave (2-3, 1-1 home) at 8:00 p.m. Tulane fell Saturday to Army at West Point, 45-6. Trent Mackey, a redshirt junior linebacker, currently leads the Green Wave with 55 tackles and five tackles for a loss. The game will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television.




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