Shades of Syracuse Past

Maybe the appearance of former Syracuse linebacker (and current Miami Dolphin) Morlon Greenwood inspired the Orangemen defense. Or maybe it was just because they played lowly Rutgers.

Whatever the reason, the Orangemen put the "D" back in defense Saturday, whereas most of the season that "D" has been used to spell disappointment.

Five turnovers, eight sacks, and no offensive points allowed has not been the typical line score for the Syracuse defense, consistently one of the worst defenses in the Big East all season long. Syracuse allowed only 16 rushing yards and yielded only 193 yards, the lowest amount given up all year. Latroy Oliver intercepted a pass, only the fourth by SU's secondary.

As for the quarterback change(thanks Paul Pasqualoni for waking up and listening to the rest of the people in Syracuse), Troy Nunes had a very successful day. Modestly, Nunes went 13-23 for 117 yards and he threw for two touchdowns. However modest his stats were, he gave the offense an extra bounce in its step that has lacked much of the season.

Saturday was a day to put the struggles aside and enjoy the type of football that Syracuse has grown accustomed to over the years. For three hours yesterday, I was able to forget all the other problems, instead of just adding one more huge problem to the list. I talked to people yesterday and was able to say, "We won today, how about you guys?"

In a season filled with unfulfilled goals and lackluster performances, it was nice to get back to the way things were.

The way things are supposed to be at Syracuse University.

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