Syracuse at UNC Game Thread

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Keep it here for updates on Syracuse's season opener at North Carolina.

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Culpepper had Syracuse moving, but throws an interception in UNC territory.

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Rex Culpepper in at QB for Syracuse for the final five plus minutes.

Talha Rao
Talha Rao

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Javonte Williams is having a day in the end zone, running in for his third score of the game.

Talha Rao
Talha Rao

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The score does not reflect the way Syracuse defense and special teams have been playing throughout the game, forcing Howell to go through his third and sometimes fourth projections, forcing turnovers, and flying around on defense.

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Syracuse goes three and out after the Williams score. 11:33 left. Orange down 18.

Talha Rao
Talha Rao

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Javonte Williams runs it in from six yards out, might just be the nail in the coffin for UNC with the way the Orange offense has performed today.

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UNC capitalizes on another Javonte Williams TD run. 24-6 Tar Heels.

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Williams punches in a TD for UNC, and then Syracuse goes three and out. With UNC driving again, they could be a TD away from cementing this one.

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After three quarters, Syracuse trails UNC 10-6 but the Tar Heels have a 2nd and goal from the one yard line.

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Newsome gets a punt return for a TD called back for illegal block in the back. Break for Syracuse.

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Syracuse goes three and out and will punt.

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The Syracuse defense has been fantastic today. Kingsley Jonathan with a sack on third down forces a UNC FG, which is good. Orange trails 10-6 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

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UNC driving and has 3rd and 6 at the SU 9. Big play for the Orange defense here.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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Not so hot take: Orange D/special teams is going to have to score for them to win.

John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

IMG and former SU assistant Bobby Acosta pumped with the Cisco pick

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Szmyt FG is good. 7-6 UNC with 8:11 left in the third quarter.

John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

Third down effort by the WR group was collectively bad. Wonder if there was a miscommunication and/or if it was another designed run at least on the backside. They looked to be blocking instead of trying to break free as a receiving option. Costly.

TawnyEDavis
TawnyEDavis

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1st and goal. Can they capitalize on it?

John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

UNC is using its second level players to help create pressure. Could open up some 1on1s outside/deep for SU as this game progresses.

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Andre Cisco, All-American. He gets the pick and returns it to the UNC 48.

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UNC takes over at the 36.

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Syracuse starts with the ball this half and promptly go three and out. Rough start.

TawnyEDavis
TawnyEDavis

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With first possession at the start of this half, Syracuse needs to score on this drive

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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If the Orange are able to execute on low difficulty plays, they have a lead at halftime. It's as simple as that.

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Halftime stats

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Szmyt misses a short field goal after Syracuse had driven inside the UNC 10. It is halftime, and Syracuse trails 7-3.

John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

SU has to take advantage of these breaks. UNC's been undisciplined and good programs typically adjust there after the break. Make the move now.

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Syracuse gets into UNC territory but stall there. They punt, but UNC roughs the punter and Syracuse gets the ball back.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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Steve Linton BLOWS up UNC 3rd & 2. Orange getting the ball back.

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Syracuse gets the stop despite UNC driving. Freshman Steven Linton with a tackle for loss on a third and short. Syracuse takes over at their own 11 yard line.

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Syracuse gets one first down, but then stalls and punts. UNC takes over at their own 22.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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Orange going nowhere fast on the ground. UNC has been able to exploit obvious passing downs by ratcheting up the pressure.

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This. Syracuse forces another punt. After the opening drive, where UNC converted two third and longs and a fourth down, the Orange defense has been very good. Getting pressure, solid coverage, forced a turnover.

Jacob Payne
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Tony White's defense having one hell of a debut on the road. They're playing good enough to win.

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UNC starting inside their own 10 after strong kickoff coverage is combined with a UNC penalty.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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To upset ranked teams, you score touchdowns after you recover muffed punts. Not the case here. Orange only down four.

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Szmyt hits a short field goal and Syracuse is on the board. UNC leads 7-3. Feels like Syracuse has missed three major opportunities and probably should be leading right now.

Steven Shoemaker
Steven Shoemaker

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Would've preferred to see a shot at the end zone there on third down, but we will take the 3. The Orange are on the boards!

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Sharod Johnson has an easy TD go through his arms and Syracuse now has to kick a FG. Have to make those plays.

John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

Tommy is spinning it fairly well today but...

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Syracuse is forced to punt. After a first down, a deep shot is incomplete and then DeVito is sacked. However, Newsome fumbles the punt and Syracuse takes over at the UNC 21.

Steven Shoemaker
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First positive thing that has gone the Orange's way today. Special teams turnover for the Tar Heels.

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UNC's 50 yard field goal is no good. The score remains 7-0 UNC.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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Sam Howell and the North Carolina offense only able to convert 2 of their 6 third-down attempts. Syracuse defense keeping the Orange in the game.

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At the end of the 1st quarter, Syracuse trails North Carolina 7-0. Missed opportunities and penalties marred that quarter for the Orange.

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Syracuse goes three and out after the special teams penalty.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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That special teams TD is exactly what the Orange need if they want to win this one. Penalties continue to crush Cuse.

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The Syracuse defense is able to respond and forces UNC to a three and out. They punt and Syracuse nearly has a score as Nykeim Johnson returns the punt for the touchdown, but an illegal blindside block calls it back.

Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne

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DeVito's 3rd & 10 scramble the only successful Orange run play. He may need to run more often.


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