Bulls Pulp Orange, 27-0

As Syracuse quarterback Joe Fields was chased out of the pocket by South Florida defenders in the third quarter of Saturday's game, he threw a long pass over to the sideline that was caught by Orange punter Brendan Carney. The Carrier Dome faithful let out a cheer. Problem is Carney was out of bounds, watching the game from the SU bench.

The cheer was a gesture of mockery by the fans, all 40,144 of whom were fed up with Syracuse's anemic offense.

The Orange mustered only 182 yards on offense in its 27-0 loss to USF. The defeat marked the first time this season Syracuse was shut-out, and the worst offensive output since the season opening 15-7 loss to West Virginia.

Fields started the game for the Orange, but rotated with Perry Patterson. The two combined for only 65 yards passing, going 8-for-26.

The Bulls, on the other hand, dominated offensively relying mostly on their rushing attack. Tailback Andre Hall accounted for 222 yards on the ground and all three of his team's touchdowns.

"They are a better team then I gave them credit for, completely," Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson said. "But our pass offense, you have to complete more than eight balls against them to be successful on offense."

After getting the ball to open the game, South Florida wasted little time in setting the tone for the afternoon. Hall took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage and ran for a 38-yard gain through a Syracuse defense. The drive was capped by a 29-yard field goal by Kyle Bronson.

The poor showing was the last for Syracuse's 12 seniors. Among them is running back Damien Rhodes, a local from Manlius. Rhodes was the lone bright spot for the SU offensive unit, totaling 91 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

"I'm upset that we lost" Rhodes said. "It was a little tough to realize that this was the last time I would play in the Dome."


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