Offensive Woes Lead to Orangemen's "Oh No's&q

'Tis the season for giving.<br><br>No, it's not Christmas time yet, kiddies. But yet the Syracuse football team was in the giving mood Saturday, giving the ball away four times on offense, and giving coach Paul Pasqualoni more headaches and gray hairs.

The first six offensive possessions for the Orangemen produced about as little as a nervous man volunteering at a sperm bank. In those beginning possessions, Syracuse punted twice and lost three fumbles. In addition, quarterback R.J. Anderson completed more passes to the West Virginia defense (one) than to his own receivers (zero). Those turnovers allowed West Virginia all the points they needed, jumping out to a 20-0 lead by halftime, strolling to a 34-7 victory.

The Mountaineers also proved more rugged and physical, beating up on the Orangemen in the process. Injuries to Anderson, Walter Reyes, Damien Rhodes, Adam Terry, and Jameel Dumas had the fans reaching for their programs to put a face to the names on the backs of the Syracuse jerseys on the field. None of the injuries sustained were too severe, although Terry suffered a concussion, Reyes injured his neck, and Dumas was forced out of the game in the first half.

After the opening half storm, all Syracuse could muster was a touchdown drive by Troy "I Should be Starting Because I Actually Make the Offense Look Alive" Nunes (I swear I am impartial). Nunes was 10-17 for 99 yards, while Anderson was only 6-17 for 71 yards and an interception. Other performances were noting were Keeon Walker's 15 tackles and a sack, and Johnnie Morant's career-high five catches for 75 yards.

With pride being the only reason to play out the season now, the Orangmen next suit up against Rutgers in the Carrier Dome on October 26th. Rutgers will be the next low-life team to line up against Syracuse with a realistic shot at coming away with a victory. Maybe Syracuse will be in the giving mood once more and give the game away in the opening minutes so that I do not have to suffer through four more embarrassing quarters of football.

Speaking of the giving mood, I'll be sure to ask Santa for the ultimate wish this holiday season: a good Syracuse football team.

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