Sep 1, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Marcus Sales (5) reaches for a pass in front of Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Ibraheim Campbell (24) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
I don't...I mean...I can't...I just...
WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY ABOUT THAT? I've never say through a football game that ran the gamut of emotions like that. We started out looking like that new and improved team we've been hearing about for months. Then we started looking like that team from last year that ground down our patience to a pulp. Then there were shades of the 2007 season-opener against Washington. Then we looked crazy unstoppable and it was amazing. And then...the f***ing refs again. And then they took the lead. And then our 44 second offense looked...ugh. And then it was over.
I am emotionally-exhausted, you guys. I can't write about this.
Congrats to Ryan Nassib for breaking the Big East record for passing yards in a game and set the Syracuse single-game completion mark while at it. I don't think there's any doubt that he is among the top QBs in the Big East, whatever that means to you.
The thing I take away from this game is, when Syracuse plays with a sense of urgency, they're great. If we could somehow convince Nate Hackett to call the plays as if we're down 20 at all times, we could win 7-8 game this season. Because when we don't, when we play that complacent style of offense, we fumble, we make mental mistakes, we punt and we lose.
Judging by yours (and my) tweets, everyone involved with Syracuse football is the best, worst, best, worst, best and worst in school history. What I know by now...the offense is there...the front seven is there...it's the mental mistakes, inconsistencies, penalties and just plain-old weird decision-making is what kills this team. If we can somehow fix all of that, well, we won't beat USC, but we can go bowling.