Syracuse Loses To USF, Falls to 5-5 On Season

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Syracuse Football Vs. USF: Marrone Falls On Orange Sword After Loss To USF, 37-17

The Syracuse University football program lost Friday night, 37-17, to the University of South Florida. It was SU's third straight loss and head coach Doug Marrone blamed himself. SB Nation New York's Jared Smith disagrees.

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Syracuse-USF Final Score: Orange Fall To South Florida, 37-17

The Syracuse University football program twice marched inside the University of South Florida's 10-yard line in the fourth quarter Friday night, but both times the Orange came away with no points. The failure to score late and capitalize on USF's second-half miscues led to the Bulls downing the Orange, 37-17, in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome.

USF junior quarterback B.J. Dainiels completed 23-of-35 passes for 249 yards, and added a team-best 115-rushing yards with a touchdown to help the Bulls (5-4, 1-4) snapped a four-game losing streak. USF scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, both by junior running back Demetri Murray, who finished with 85-rushing yards.

Meanwhile, the Orange (5-5, 1-4) are now on a three-game losing streak, last in the Big East, mathematically eliminated from the league-title race and are still looking for their sixth victory, which would help SU become bowl eligible for the second straight season.

SU's senior quarterback Ryan Nassib finished 19-of-40 for 252 yards, while senior tailback Antwon Bailey rushed for 65 yards, failing to get over the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. Senior wide receiver Alec Lemon caught 10 passes for a collegiate-best 180 yards.

More to come from the Carrier Dome...

Quarter-by-quarter recaps:

(SB Nation New York blogged live from press row at the Carrier Dome. Be sure to check back for a complete Syracuse Vs. USF StoryStream that will have complete post-game coverage. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.)

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USF 23, Syracuse 10: End Of Third Quarter

A 35-yard field goal by junior kicker Maikon Bonani has helped the University of South Florida earn a 23-10 lead over Syracuse University in a Big East Conference game that is heading to the fourth quarter. Bonani's kick capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that began the second half and nearly got into the end zone.

The Bulls (4-4, 0-4 Big East) slowly marched their way inside SU's 10-yard line, but a back-to-back holding calls lead to a 3rd-and-25 situation that ended with a 11-yard pass to freshman wide out Deonte Welch. A few players earlier, junior wide receiver Lamar Lindsey nearly scored on a reverse, but the play was nullified by a holding.

On USF's second possession of the quarter, the Bulls almost scored again as junior wide receiver Victor Marc, who was headed into the end zone after catching a pass from Daniels, fumbled the ball, which rolled through the end zone for a SU touchback.

SU took that break and flipped the field position on its next possession. Then, after it had to punt and got some help from its defense, which held USF to a three and out, it began to march.

Syracuse will begin the fourth quarter with a first and goal from the USF eight-yard line.

SB Nation New York is blogging live from press row at the Carrier Dome. Be sure to check back for a complete Syracuse Vs. USF StoryStream that will have pre- and post-game articles. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Halftime Score: USF 20, Syracuse 10

Two second-quarter touchdowns and a late field goal has helped the University of South Florida earn a 20-10 halftime advantage over Syracuse University in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome. USF (4-4, 0-4 Big East) scored on four-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Marus Shaw, two-yard scramble by junior quarterback B.J. Daniels and a 46-yard field goal by junior kicker Maikon Bonani.

Bonani's kick came at the end of the first half and capped a quick 52-yard drive, which featured 11-rushing yards from Daniels. Shaw's second TD of the season capped a nine-play, 62-yard march that came at the beginning of the quarter, while Daniels' score ended a 2-play, 55-yard drive that was highlighted by a 43-yard reception by freshman wide out Andre Davis.

At two points in the second quarter, Syracuse trailed by 10-point margin. However, in both instances, the Orange (5-4, 1-3) were able to answer with a score.

SU's first answer came on a five-play, 50-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown reception by senior wide receiver Alec Lemon from senior quarterback Ryan Nassib with about eight minutes remaining in the second. The drive was highlighted by a 24-yard pas to senior tight end Nick Provo, which came on the first play of the possession.

Then, after USF's second TD of the quarter, the Orange quickly marched 60 yards in 2:06 to set up a 28-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Ross Krautman.

However, the Orange left enough time on the clock for Daniels and the Bulls to score at the end of the quarter.

The Bulls will begin the second half with the ball.

SB Nation New York is blogging live from press row at the Carrier Dome. Be sure to check back for a complete Syracuse Vs. USF StoryStream that will have pre- and post-game articles. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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USF 3, Syracuse 0: End Of First Quarter

A 28-yard field goal by junior kicker Maikon Bonani has helped the University of South Florida earn an early 3-0, first-quarter lead over Syracuse University in a Big East Conference contest at the Carrier Dome. Bonani capped a six-play, 28-yard drive, which was setup by shanked kick from SU's freshman punter Jonathan Fisher.

So far, the Syracuse offense is, again, off to a slow start. On the Orange's three possessions of the quarter, SU moved the ball a total of 43 yards and compiled just three first downs. Currently, senior running back Antwon Bailey has a team-best 34-rushing yards, while sophomore Jermoe Smith has nine yards on three carries.

Meanwhile, The Bulls' picked up two first downs on their second possession of the game, but had their drive stall when junior quarterback B.J. Daniels had his 3rd-and-5 pass attempt broken up by SU's senior safety Orland Fisher. Currently, Daniles has completed 5-of-6 passes for 35 yards, while also running for 14 yards.

The Bulls will begin the second quarter with a 2nd-and-9 from their 39-yard line.

SB Nation New York is blogging live from press row at the Carrier Dome. Be sure to check back for a complete Syracuse Vs. USF StoryStream that will have pre- and post-game articles. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Syracuse Vs. USF: Scouting The Bulls

The Syracuse University football program will try and snap a two-game losing streak Friday night (8 p.m. on ESPN2) as the University of South Florida visit the Carrier Dome in a Big East Conference game. The Orange (5-4, 1-3 Big East) are all but out of the league title race -- SU needs to win out, while the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati needs to lose out -- but still have a lot to play for, including becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season.

For those who need a scouting report on the Bulls (4-4, 0-4), here's a brief scouting report:

Head Coach

Skip Holtz, the son of legendary head coach Lou Holtz, is currently in his second season at USF. Last season, the Bulls compiled their fifth consecutive eight-win season and defeated Clemson University, 31-26, in the Meineke
Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, NC.

Currently, the Bulls are on pace to miss its first bowl in six years and Holtz is on the hot seat.

This Season

The Bulls began the year on a four-game winning streak. In Week 1, USF knocked off the University of Notre Dame, 23-20, and then strung together three more victories. The four-game winning streak allowed the Bulls to sneak into the top 25 rankings, however, the national attention was short lived.

The following week, USF lost at the University of Pittsburgh, 44-17, and then to the University of Connecticut, 16-10. A week later, the Bulls were edged by the University of Cincinnati, 37-34, in the final seconds. Last week, USF were edged by Rutgers, 20-13, in overtime and now the program is currently in the midst of its first four-game skid in its history.

Needless to say, USF is coming into Friday's match up hungry.

Offense

Junior quarterback B.J. Daniels leads the Bulls offense, which so far averages the second-most points (38.2) and total yards (466.6) in the Big East. Daniels is a duel threat as he runs it just as well as he can pass it. Entering Friday's match up, Daniels is the Bulls' second-leading rusher (55.0-rushing yards per game) and averages 253.5-passing yards per game.

Wide receiver Sterling Griffin, who is ranked third in the league with 5.71 catches per game, was Daniels' favorite target. But, last week, Griffin was lost for the season with a knee injury. Now, tight end Victor Mark (21 receptions for 235 yards) is USF's top passing target. Meanwhile, Darrell Scott is the club’s top rusher at 76.4 yards per game.

USF's offense has a tendency of turning the ball over (2.1 per game).


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
B.J. Daniels 8 60.0 160 268 59.7 2027 253.4 7.6 12 6 93 432 54 4.6 4 - -
Bobby Eveld 2 30.0 12 23 52.2 108 54 4.7 0 3 3 21 10.5 7 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Bradley Battles 1 3 5 5 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 0
B.J. Daniels 8 93 432 54 4.6 4 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Eppes 1 1 -2 -2 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bobby Eveld 2 3 21 10.5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lindsey Lamar 8 13 104 13 8 0 9 124 15.5 13.8 2
Victor Marc 8 5 56 7 11.2 1 22 240 30 10.9 2
Joel Miller 5 1 6 1.2 6 0 4 52 10.4 13 0
Demetris Murray 8 82 347 43.4 4.2 5 10 150 18.8 15 0
J.J. Peterson 1 6 15 15 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darrell Scott 8 108 612 76.5 5.7 5 9 133 16.6 14.8 1
Marcus Shaw 5 16 49 9.8 3.1 1 1 22 4.4 22 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Stephen Bravo-Brown 4 4 34 8.5 8.5 0
Andre Davis 4 9 121 30.3 13.4 2
Ruben Gonzalez 2 3 36 18 12 0
Sterling Griffin 7 40 493 70.4 12.3 2
Derrick Hopkins 1 4 34 34 8.5 0
Lindsey Lamar 8 9 124 15.5 13.8 2
Evan Landi 7 17 154 22 9.1 1
A.J. Love 5 7 104 20.8 14.9 1
Victor Marc 8 22 240 30 10.9 2
Mike McFarland 1 1 8 8 8 0
Joel Miller 5 4 52 10.4 13 0
Terrence Mitchell 4 7 60 15 8.6 0
Demetris Murray 8 10 150 18.8 15 0
Darrell Scott 8 9 133 16.6 14.8 1
Marcus Shaw 5 1 22 4.4 22 0
Andreas Shields 7 9 114 16.3 12.7 1
Isaac Virgin 2 1 6 3 6 0
Deonte Welch 6 15 250 41.7 16.7 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Maikon Bonani 8 1 - 1 3 - 4 5 - 6 3 - 7 0 - 1 0 0
Maikon Bonani 8 - - - - - 12 19 60.0% 32 32 100.0% 68

Defense

Linebacker DeDe Lattimore leads a Bulls defense, which leads the nation in tackles for a loss (9.0 per game) and is second in sacks per game (3.5), that flies to the ball. Lattimore leads the USF defense with 61 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Defensive end Ryne Giddins has a team high 10 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles.

Overall, the USF defense allows 363 total yards per game (ranked fifth in the league) and 27.4 points per game (the worst in the league).

Conclusion

Somehow, someway, the Bulls have been finding their way into the loss column for four straight games. Is USF this bad? Probably, not. However, in the Big East, its all about grinding out sloppy games and it just doesn't seem that the Bulls do that well.

Against, another winnable game for Syracuse, but that doesn't mean the outcome is going to be in its favor.



 

SB Nation New York will be blogging live from press row Friday night at the Carrier Dome. Be sure to check back for a complete Syracuse Vs. USF StoryStream that will have pre- and post-game articles. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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