Syracuse's 2014 season has come to an unceremonious end after falling 28-7 to Boston College. It was more of the same for the Orange, who played will defensively but struggled to move the ball all game.
The Orange held the Eagles to just 302-yards of total offense and forced a turnover. They hit quarterback Tyler Murphy throughout the game, sacking him multiple times and coming up with several tackles for loss. Ultimately, the strong defensive effort was not enough despite holding a strong Boston College rushing attack to 2.9-yards per carry.
The Syracuse offense only mustered 128 yards on the afternoon and turned it over twice. Freshman quarterback A.J. Long completed just seven of his 18 pass attempts, and threw an interception on their first drive of the third quarter trailing just 14-7 at the time.
Syracuse tied the game in the second quarter with a strong 43-yard, six play drive that was capped with a four yard touchdown run by Long. But that would be the lone offensive punch for the Orange.
With the game knotted at seven, Boston College scored on a 26-yard strike from Murphy to Sherman Alston on a wheel route to provide the halftime differential. After Syracuse's turnover started the second half, the Eagles punched it in on a Jon Hilliman 7-yard scamper.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Baldwinsville (N.Y.) native Tyler Rouse ran 42-yards for the nail in the coffin touchdown run.
Syracuse finished just 1-11 on third down and averaged only 2.2 yards per rush. The Eagles controlled the time of possession with over 38 minutes with the ball.
Cameron Lynch, Robert Welsh, Dyshawn Davis and Micah Robinson all played well in their final game for Syracuse. Each recording a tackle for loss or sack, along with senior linebacker Josh Kirkland who also had a sack.
The loss drops Syracuse to 3-9 (1-7) on the season. The focus will now shift to the offseason, where new offensive coordinator Tim Lester will work to install his offense.