Syracuse Superlatives: Game 4

Syracuse lost to Notre Dame 31-15 at MetLife Stadium Saturday night. CuseNation.com breaks down the best and the worst from the game inside.

Syracuse suffered a tough loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Here is the best and the worst from the MetLife Stadium matchup.

Offense

Top Talent: WR Jarrod West – West was really the only Syracuse offensive weapon that was consistently productive throughout the game. He ran precise routes, caught the ball consistently and had yards after the catch. Eight grabs for 103-yards is a nice day against a good Irish secondary.

Middle Man: QB Terrel Hunt – Hunt had some strong moments, including several beautiful touch passes down the field. He scored Syracuse’s only offensive touchdown on the night as well. But there were times when his accuracy was inconsistent and he turned the ball over at a critical time for the second consecutive week.

Bottom Feeder: Offensive Line – The Syracuse offensive line really struggled against Notre Dame. They gave the Orange running backs no room to run and failed to get any kind of push on a third and fourth and one in the third quarter. It was a very poor performance when they needed to be solid in order for the offense to get going.

Defense

Top Talent: FS Durell Eskridge – Eskridge had his breakout game of 2014, earning him ACC co-defensive back of the week. He finished with a season high nine tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception returned for a touchdown. On the pick six, Eskridge read the play beautifully, jumping a route, catching the ball and taking it to the house.

Middle Man: LB Dyshawn Davis – Davis finally showed the ability to fly all over the field. He made a team leading 11 tackles and forced an Everett Golson fumble in the first quarter, his first turnover of the season.

Bottom Feeder: CB Corey Winfield – Winfield struggled in coverage on Saturday, highlighted by a 72-yard touchdown strike from Golson to Will Fuller. Winfield was burned bad with Fuller’s speed down the field and showed the lack of Orange cornerback depth without Wayne Morgan.

Special Teams

Top Talent: P Riley Dixon – Not only was Dixon once again solid punting the ball with two downed inside the 20, but he had the offensive highlight of the night with a 42-yard run on a fake punt. He finished the night as Syracuse’s leading rusher.

Middle Man: KR Ervin Philips – Philips was decent returning kicks but not spectacular. He did not put Syracuse in poor field position, but also did not reel off a big return.

Bottom Feeder: K Cole Murphy – While Murphy was not as bad as Ryan Norton has been in recent weeks, Murphy did have an extra point blocked and missed a field goal.


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