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Second half thread: NC State 26, Syracuse 7

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NCAA Football: Syracuse at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange’s run defense is getting tested early on. At the half, the Orange have allowed 182 yards rushing on 24 attempts. NC State has been exploiting SU on the perimeter, scoring outside of the hashes on two touchdown runs and giving up a 39-yard rush on a reverse.

For Syracuse, eye keys, gap integrity, and contain assignments on the edge will need to be an emphasis at halftime to give themselves a chance in the second half, otherwise NC State will continue to run the ball at 7.5 yards a carry.

Offensively, the Orange are struggling up front once again. Syracuse’s offensive line has allowed to two sacks and four tackles for loss already. The Wolfpack are spending way too much time in Syracuse’s backfield and it’s disrupting everything the Orange want to do offensively. The QB pressures are adding up have resulted in Eric Dungey only finding Steve Ishmael for a single reception.

NCAA Football: Syracuse at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

On the ground, Syracuse has rushed for just 25 yards and struggled a bit on third down converting three out of seven attempts. In football if you can control the clock, you control the game. Without a formidable threat on the ground or an efficient offense on 3rd down, Syracuse will not be able to swing the momentum in their favor.

Coming out of the half, the Orange will also need to limit penalties as well. A second quarter holding call negated an interception on a drive that nearly ended with a field goal. Down 26-7, Syracuse’s offense is certainly well equipped to make a comeback—making up that deficit will be a matter of finding a way to run the ball effectively, regaining control of the clock and shutting down NC State’s ground game defensively.

The Orange will receive the ball going into the third quarter.

Leave your second-half and (immediate) post-game thoughts here. And G’ORANGE!