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Second half thread: Syracuse 31, Central Connecticut State 0

Most of that represented a pretty encouraging start.

NCAA Football: Central Connecticut State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

After one half, the Syracuse Orange offense is rolling.

Eric Dungey is having an excellent game. Against lesser competition, the Orange are unloading the deck. Dungey went 12-12 on his first two drives hitting several early deep balls to Steve Ishmael and Jamal Custis against teams like CCSU and, this is what the Orange need to do against teams like this — take the air out of them early and close them out on defense. Hopefully we see more of the same in the second.

Outside receivers look like stars

Early on, both Steve Ishmael and Jamal Custis have dominated the corners. Both have kept DB’s off balance and have drawn several pass interference calls. Even against solid coverage both big body wide receivers have shown excellent balls skills and tricks of the trade to get the DB off of them and make a play on the ball.

The Syracuse defense came to play

This SU defense came to play. CCSU was 0-for-7 on third down in the first half. Against the run, this defense has been sideline to sideline. The defensive line is getting excellent pressure and Kayton Samuels is doing a great job in his first start. Over the top, the Orange have been excellent in coverage. Evan Foster looks like a player. Unfortunately, Antwan Cordy is in a boot and crutches. Hopefully the injury isn’t too serious.

Keys for the second half include keeping the pressure on and getting younger players some time on the defensive side of the ball. For the offense, some improvement is needed from the offensive line and running game. But main goal is to keep momentum, pick up one more score and then hopefully end Dungey’s day without any issues.

Given Cordy’s exit early and the hits Dungey has taken, avoiding injury should be the big goal now up several touchdowns.

Second half thread below, and G’ORANGE!