How long has it been since anyone could claim that Syraucse University football was a respectable?
After 5 long, dismal years with a combined record of 10-47, is it possible that this year's Orange has finally been able to establish improvement? Is it hard to fathom that SU was finally a favorite, expected to win?
Saturday evening at the Carrier Dome, in front of 35,357, SU was expected to trounce Division I-AA Maine, but it trailed at halftime and needed to dominate the late stages of the game to beat the Black Bears 41-24 and improve to 2-2.
Quarterback Greg Paulus atoned for his early sluggish, performance finishing the contest with strong statistical numbers. Greg converted 21 of 28 passes, registering 270 yards with no interceptions.
SU displayed a balanced passing attack, with seven different receivers getting catches. In addition, running back Delone Carter had 19 carries for 73-yards and four touchdowns. Last week, against Northwestern, Carter became the 39th member of the Orange's 1,000-yard rushing club.
Syracuse had many receivers who deserve high praise! Senior Mike Williams had five receptions for 80-yards and gaining the honors of the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his work against Northwestern.
Donte Davis caught three balls for 29 yards, while tight end Nick Provo sparked the offense with timely catches over middle of the field. Nick had only two receptions, but they counted for 47-yards.
Marcus Sales (like Paulus, a former star at CBA) chipped in with the touchdown reception of his college career, from 17 yards out. That TD was memorable one because Sales made a great reception in a play that was well defended.
In the first quarter, Syracuse generated its first score engineering an eight-play drive and overcoming two 10-yard holding penalties. Paulus evaded Maine's pressure rolling to the right side and connecting to Carter, who made a leaping three-yard catch.