3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 31-6 season-opening loss to North Carolina

first_img Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.For three quarters, nothing about Syracuse’s 31-6 season-opening loss was predictable. The expected high-scoring blowout didn’t happen, as both teams struggled to move the ball and stayed within one score.Then, the fourth quarter began, and UNC scored 21 unanswered points. SU’s offense sputtered for four consecutive three-and-outs, leaving its defense out to dry.  Neither team played well. Both showed signs of rust and of a disjointed offseason, including two punt return touchdowns called back, dropped passes, missed tackles and a missed Andre Szmyt chip shot.Here are three takeaways from SU’s 31-6 defeat to UNC:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTony White dialing up the defenseAfter every play, the defense looked over to defensive coordinator Tony White. The schemes varied almost every play, and UNC could hardly decipher them. Preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco added to his FBS-leading 14 interceptions by reading quarterback Sam Howell’s eyes on a vertical route down the seam in the second half. Ifeatu Melifonwu set the tone early by recovering on a deep route on a play Howell extended with his feet and doing so again with a solid open field tackle. Redshirt freshman Garrett Williams played well, despite matching up against bigger receiver Beau Corrales. Williams finished with a team-high nine total tackles and showed proficiency in tackling, a key for the defensive-back heavy 3-3-5.SU also put pressure on Howell. To hold UNC to a field goal late in the third quarter, Kingsley Jonathan moved quickly to win his matchup and blindside sack Howell on third down in the redzone. Syracuse recorded two sacks and several more pressures in total.But by late in the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s defense was fatigued, and UNC took advantage. Four consecutive three-and-outs had the defense on the field for what felt like forever, and the Tar Heels extended their lead with a trio of touchdown drives. It’s not DeVito’s faultWhile Tommy DeVito is partly responsible for the points Syracuse left on the table, he’s wasn’t the main problem with SU’s offense in Saturday’s loss.Even with minimal protection, DeVito protected the ball, scrambled when he had to and made enough accurate throws downfield. His receivers just didn’t make plays, and the offensive line rarely gave him time to let plays develop. When DeVito had a clean pocket, he made accurate throws. In the redzone in the second quarter, he found a wide-open Sharod Johnson on a corner route, but his touch pass fell right through the redshirt junior’s arms. On a two-minute drill to end the half, DeVito scampered out of the pocket on a 3rd and 9 to extend the drive and threw two perfect balls deep down the sideline to Taj Harris. The first, where Harris was held but no penalty was called, led Harris half a step out of bounds. The second went through his hands.DeVito also extended Syracuse’s field goal drive by running for a first down on 3rd and 11, though he didn’t see an open Aaron Hackett in the end zone on third and goal minutes later. Earlier in the week when asked about his unproven receiving corps, DeVito said, “everybody can catch the football.” At least on Saturday, he was wrong. Struggling running backs On the first drive of the game, UNC’s running back Javonte Williams started to the right of Howell, crossed in front of him and took linebacker Geoff Cantin-Arku’s legs out. If he hadn’t been there, Cantin-Arku would’ve had an easy blindside block. Syracuse’s running backs didn’t make enough of those plays. Second string back Markenzy Pierre just barely grazed star linebacker Chazz Surratt on a blitz up the A-gap on second down. Surratt brought down DeVito for a 10-yard loss, effectively eliminating Syracuse’s comeback chances. Pierre and Jawhar Jordan also struggled in the running game, totaling 38 yards. DeVito, who struggled to extend plays with his feet last year, led SU in rushing (30 yards).SU needs any help it can get in pass protection. Pierre and Jordan, now key players after Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard opted out of the season, didn’t provide much help on Saturday.  Published on September 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Rampant Liverpool crush Bournemouth

first_imgBoth Salah and Coutinho scored wonderful individual goals to put Liverpool in control at Dean Court.Dejan Lovren was also on target as Liverpool swept to a victory which was confirmed by a second-half Roberto Firmino header.The result lifted Jurgen Klopp’s side above Arsenal into fourth place.It also erased memories of this fixture last season when Liverpool famously surrendered a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go to lose 4-3.Klopp surprisingly left out Sadio Mane as he made four changes to his line-up after drawing 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion in midweek.Despite that, Liverpool made a bright start and almost took the lead after 11 minutes when Coutinho’s curling free-kick came back off the upright.Nine minutes later they made their domination count with a wonderful solo goal from the same man.Coutinho raced away down the left, weaving past two players with exquisite balance before cutting the ball into the net past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Firmino almost doubled that lead with an effort which deflected wide after excellent work by the ever-dangerous Salah. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost added to the score with a shot which cannoned back off a post in the second half before Firmino glanced home a header from another excellent Coutinho cross to confirm victory.There was an added bonus, too, when Adam Lallana returned from long-term injury as a 71st-minute substitute for Salah to rousing cheers from Liverpool’s fans.The result leaves Klopp’s side unbeaten in nine league games and heading into the Christmas schedule in confident mood.Bournemouth, who have won only eight points at home all season, are 16th and only a point above the relegation zone.Share on: WhatsApp Bournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth as the Reds powered back into the Premier League’s top four on Sunday.Egyptian winger Salah is the first Liverpool player since Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in 2013-14 to hit the 20-goal mark in all competitions, and he has done it in only 26 matches.Brazil forward Coutinho moved into double figures for the campaign despite only playing his first game of the season in mid-September because of injury.center_img – Sublime Salah –From the resulting corner, Lovren dived to head home after Firmino had somehow kept the ball in play.Two down with only 26 minutes on the clock, Bournemouth were already on the ropes.Junior Stanislas set up a good chance for Jermain Defoe before half-time, sending the striker clean through on goal – only to see him shoot against the left-hand post rather than into the net.Begovic then denied Liverpool what would have been a stunning goal when Coutinho flicked a ball over the defence for Salah, who shot straight at the goalkeeper.But there was no keeping Salah out for long.A minute before the break the 25-year-old conjured up his own solo goal, turning his man inside the area and firing home left-footed to underline his importance to the team since signing from Roma last summer.last_img read more

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Atlanta Hawks owner to sell team after saying he hates Black fan base

first_imgAtlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson admits he hates the fan base that populates Phillips Arena. It’s just too black.Can you believe that the Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson may have gotten caught sending an email filled with language even more racist than what Donald Sterling got kicked out of the NBA for?Levenson just announced he’s selling the team after admitting he sent an email so racist that it would make Donald Sterling smile.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who finally exhaled after exiling former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his secretly-taped and rabidly racist phone message to his flunky jump off chick, had to be choking on his breakfast cereal when he got the memo that Levenson did pretty much the same thing.When confronted by Silver, Levenson admitted he sent the email to team executives back in 2012, mandating them to figure ways to attract more suburban white fans at games. Levenson then tallied what he believes are all the problems with the Atlanta Hawks fan base, listing the following:The fan base is 70 pct black;The cheerleaders are black;The music is almost exclusively hip hop;The bars inside the arena are 90 percent black;He claims there are few fathers and sons at the games;He says the postgame concerts are always either hip hop or gospelLevenson wasn’t finished. He also had this to say:“My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base.” He also complained that he’s told team execs, “I want some white cheerleaders … I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that Levenson admitted to sending the email, just two months after Donald Sterling was escorted out of ownership of the Clippers.Levenson said he is immediately putting the team up for sale.Levenson has since apologized to fans in a written statement, saying:“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself too.”last_img read more

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Vixens get last laugh against Blueliners, win Icebreaker tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Blueliners may have won the battle, but the Vernon Vixens won the war.The Central Okanagan squad scored a narrow 3-2 victory over the host Blueliners to claim the top prize at the Icebreaker Women’s Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The win came after Nelson defeated Vernon during the round robin action.Danielle Grundy’s third goal of the game coming in the third period proved to be the winner as Vernon held on for the one-goal victory.The teams were tied at 1-1 after one period before Grundy gave Vernon a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.The teams exchanged goals in the third period.Lauren Strudwick and Rachel Holt scored for Nelson.Saturday, the Blueliners scored two quick goals in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie to defeat the Vixens.In the consolation round Whitefish Whalers scored two third period goals to rally past Trail Chix with Sticks 2-1.Cody McCarthy and Essie Roberts scored in the third.Judi Troman had given Trail a 1-0 advantage after 40 minutes.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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