Syracuse didn't exactly help itself, though, as the game was essentially determined in the first half, when West Virginia blocked a field goal and blocked a punt, as well as getting a turnover when Syracuse fumbled on a punt. The special teams errors led to two West Virginia touchdowns and helped stake the Mountaineers to a 17-0 halftime lead.
"Defensively, we just didn't get the thing under control," said
Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni.
"And offensively, we needed to hit some of the open receivers. We
were a little bit hurried. I thought we were a little bit anxious. And we
didn't execute from a special-teams standpoint. It's a combination of
The combination led to a 27-6 setback that left the Orange at 3-4 on
the season and wondering when the losses will end. Pasqualoni, for his
part, doesn't seem to have the answer yet, but he needs to find it
"You know, it's the same thing," Pasqualoni admitted. "I mean, we're
in there battling and battling and battling. But we just didn't get it
GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Perry Patterson -- Although the Orange didn't
have a good night scoring against West Virginia, Patterson was able to
put up a career-high 249 yards passing. Patterson completed 23 of 37
KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Steve Gregory -- After missing four games with a
thigh injury, Gregory bounced back with a big game against West
Virginia. Gregory set career bests with five receptions for 58 yards, giving
the Orange hope of having another threat in the passing game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We definitely wanted to win this game. Our goal is
get to the BCS and this was the game we had to do it in. We just didn't
come out and do it. From the start we didn't come out and play the way
we needed to, and things kind of fell apart kind of quick." -- Syracuse
wide receiver Steve Gregory on the 27-6 loss to West Virginia.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: With Steve Gregory back from a thigh injury, Perry
Patterson had another target and was able to put up a career-best 249
yards passing. Of course, a lot of that came with West Virginia protecting
a big lead, but it's a building block for future contests.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: Special teams had an awful time blocking the
Mountaineers, who blocked a field goal and a punt. The punt was
especially disheartening considering West Virginia had set up for a return and
rushed only one player.
ROSTER REPORT: Running back Walter Reyes didn't play against West
Virginia due to flu-like symptoms. It was the first time since the
opening game of the 2001 season, Reyes' freshman campaign, that he did not
Orange helpless against West Virginia
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