Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse followed up its upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech from last week with an ugly, up-and-down 28-20 victory over Boston College on Saturday. SU and quarterback Eric Dungey struggled, but they also strung together two wins for the first time since September of last year.Here’s how some of the players and units faired.Stock UpEric Dungey’s playEric Dungey completed 32 of his 38 passes for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was second best all-time for a Syracuse player in a game, as was his yards of total offense (488). He nearly had another touchdown pass (if not for a backward pass) and his interception came on a play he baited the defensive line to jump but it was not called.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense was spread out only through the air and Dungey was the distributor with almost three receivers having at least 100 yards. And he did it all through a rainy first half and while constantly getting chased out of the pocket.Steve IshmaelSteve Ishmael had his best game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown — his first score of the season. The eight receptions were a career high and it’s the second time in his career that Ishmael has gone for at least 100 yards. His touchdown catch was an acrobatic grab at the edge of the end zone that he jumped up to catch and barely got a foot in bounds.As more coverage has shifted Amba Etta-Tawo’s way, Ishmael has been able to pick up some of the load. He picked up a then-season-high 81 yards against Virginia Tech.Parris BennettParris Bennett led Syracuse with 11 tackles for his fourth double-digit tackle game in the last five weeks. He walloped BC running back Myles Willis on one play then ended the Eagles drive with an interception. A Boston College touchdown would have given BC a 17-14 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Instead, Bennett grabbed a pass that was dropped at the goal line. His play set up a Syracuse touchdown.Sterling HofrichterSterling Hofrichter seems to have put his days of shanking punts behind him. He booted four punts for an average of 38.8 yards. He pinned one inside the 20 and two went for more than 50 yards. Hofrichter’s shortest punt was his best one of the day. He picked up a poor snap, ran to his left and got off a 22-yard kick that was tipped. Hofrichter took a big hit on the play, but got the kick down the field and saved what could have been a disastrous play.Stock downEric Dungey’s off-the-field decision makingOn Syracuse’s first drive of the game, Dungey thought he drew Boston College offside, so he threw into dense coverage near the end zone, resulting in an interception — bad decision No. 1. Then as the pick was returned 64 yards by Williams Harris, Dungey slammed the Harris down late out of bounds, shoved another player that stood over him and then shoved Harris again — bad decision No. 2, 3 and 4. Dungey got a personal foul for his late hit out of bounds and started a scrum on the sideline.Cole MurphyCole Murphy had another rough game, despite the win. He line-drived a kickoff out of bounds and missed his only field goal attempt from 40 yards away. Murphy has now missed six of his last eight field goal attempts. The last time he made more than one field goal in a game was Week 3 against South Florida, when he went 2-for-2.Offensive lineSyracuse finished the game with nine false start penalties, most of which fell on the offensive line. Dino Babers and Dungey both said there were reasons for the false starts that will be corrected but didn’t elaborate. Dungey was also sacked five times and constantly scrambling around the pocket. The patchwork group has had Cody Conway back intermittently the last two games, but the interior has crumbled under increased pressure. Comments Published on October 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Steelers need an intervention

first_imgCleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 31-10. (AP Photo/David Richard)Steelers. What was that? Seriously, what was that?Are we supposed to sit here and suggest that what’s going on in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is okay?  Are we supposed to keep eating these bowls of warmed over, five day old, burnt oatmeal and pretend that it is crème brûlée?The Pittsburgh Steelers played against the Cleveland Browns and lost 31-10. I don’t know what was more upsetting about the game. The loss. Or the fact that the loss was to Cleveland. Cleveland! Really? I loathe the Cleveland Browns.Alexis CobbOne of the greatest joys of being a Pittsburgh native is watching the Steelers beat Cleveland Browns. I love watching Cleveland lose and listening to them talking about their loss afterwards. “HAHA”, I would shout. “That’s right Cleveland. We will always be better than you. We have a special clinic where your dog’s get neutered!”But no, that was not the case on Sunday. I had to listen to Joe Thomas, Cleveland’s Pro Bowl tackle, state, “It was special…I’ve been on the other end of this rivalry when we lose by three scores so many times. I’ve been through the hell of getting our butts kicked. It felt really good to finally be on the other end of it. It was a family win.”How do the Steelers lose to the Cleveland Browns in such an emphatic manner? At halftime, the Steelers were losing by 18 points. And while it wasn’t pretty, I assumed that we would pull ourselves together in the second half. But the Steelers offense never got in rhythm and played poorly overall.Also, don’t tell me that our defense is playing terribly because we are missing two defensive starters to injury.  Isn’t this the time when the Steelers should explore bringing in different talent? I’m being serious. Shouldn’t the Steelers scouts be searching the FXFL developmental league for some fresh talent? Start giving some young, hungry men tryouts and stop recycling retired old men. Get someone with a backbone who just wants to play football!Currently, the Steelers have a 3-3 record and they are the last team in the AFC North division standings. I repeat, the Steelers are the last team in the division. The Steelers are spiraling into total mediocrity and other teams, such as Dallas Cowboys or Cleveland Browns are dusting themselves off and playing like they have good sense. It’s disgusting.The Steelers need an intervention.(Source for this story was ESPN.com )Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

The Evergreen State College Plans Virtual Graduation

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 on Friday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m., the college announced today.“After conversations with representatives from the senior class, we have decided to go ahead with a video event to celebrate the accomplishments and success of our grads,” said Evergreen President George Bridges. “Although we’re disappointed not to be together in person, our goal now is to build a unique Evergreen celebration that brings our community together to honor our students.”While details for the June 12 virtual ceremony are being worked out, the plan is to invite commencement speakers, honorees and musicians to broadcast their remarks and performances from the college’s renowned Center for Creative and Applied Media. Graduates will receive mortar boards, printed programs and other regalia by mail, and will be invited to share photos and join watch groups to celebrate with fellow grads.For those 2020 graduates who still want the full flavor of a joyous open-air commencement, Evergreen style, they will be invited to walk with the graduating class of 2021 in June next year.“We’re a community that digs deep, just like our iconic Pacific Northwest mascot, the geoduck,” said Bridges. “We will create a special celebration this year to confer degrees and celebrate student success, welcoming a new group of Greener grads en route to their future.”last_img read more

Nelson Jays knock off league leading Trail Reds at QE Park

first_imgNelson Jays held off a late charge to edge the Trail Reds 11-9 in West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth Baseball action Wednesday night at Queen Elizabeth Park.It was the first time this season the Jays have been able to knock off the league leading Reds.Blair Sookro picked the the save in relief of Connor Comishin to secure the win.Charles Curiston and Ronan Grey also pitched for Nelson. Sookro also led the offence for the Jays with a three-run, inside-the-park home run.Johnny Melinchuk chipped with two-RBI’s.The Jays, 4-3-1 on the season, currently sit 3-1/2 games behind the Reds in West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth standings.Castlegar is third, five games behind Trail.Trail Reds have played 13 games while the Jays have only eight completed this season.The two teams hook up for a doubleheader Saturday in the Silver City.The playoffs start June 13.Nelson is the defending West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth Champ.last_img read more