SU holds off Rhode Island, 21-14

Orange 2-0 heading into USC trip

— “We made a lot of mistakes,” said Marrone. “It’s everyone - the (offensive) line, quarterback and the running game. We have to start making those corrections.”

On the opening possession, SU's offense was in rhythm as Nassib was a perfect three-for-three passing, breaking down URI with short screen passes.

However, the drive got wasted when Nassib overthrew his targeted receiver. URI's Devon Dace made a terrific interception, the first of many mistakes that would dog the Orange all game long.

The Orange finally scored on its third possession, due in large measure to the fact that they utilized a spread formation.

Nassib was relentless, throwing passes to a balanced nucleus of receivers who made great plays breaking tackles after the catch. Wide receiver Dorian Gram made a leaping grab that set up Chew scoring SU”s first touchdown, hauling in a 22-yard pass.

URI refused to be intimidated and answered early in the second quarter. Probst converted two passes, the second of which was a diving, sliding reception by Brandon Johnson all the way to the Orange 26.

On the next play, Probst pitched the ball to Travis Hurd who dashed around the defense and found the end zone, the extra point knotting the score at 7-7.

SU regained its composure and quickly retaliated. On the third attempt from scrimmage, Nassib connected to Lemon for a 73- yard completion before, rolling to his right, Nassib found a wide-open Chew for a 13-yard TD.

From there, though, SU was listless. It produced a grand total of 36 yards on ground in the last two quarters as Antwon Bailey ended the evening posting a career-low 13 rushes for 47 yards.

Bailey’s fellow backs - Tyson Gulley, Jeremiah Kobena, and Jerome Smith - were extremely ineffective, only managing 17 yards on 11 carries. SU’s offensive line which was supposed to represent a strength of this team turned out to be a liability in this game.

Also, Nassib was sacked three times and intercepted twice. SU committed four penalties for 56 yards. One of them, a 15-yard face mask midway through the third quarter, led to Probst's 15-yard scoring strike to Anthony Baskerville that tied the game 14-14.

SU would have the last move, though, and it takes a 2-0 mark into Saturday's trip west to face Southern California. The Trojans, ineligible for bowls this year due to NCAA probation, are also 2-0. Game time is 8 p.m. on the FX channel.

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