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Syracuse football’s first down offense vs. Boston College

Progress but not enough consistency

NCAA Football: Boston College at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange offense was able to get some traction against the Boston College Eagles but they didn’t make it easy on themselves. For the third week in a row Syracuse came out and got 0 yards on their first play from scrimmage. Last week I joked about running a QB sneak to get a yard but now it’s looking like that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

First Down Offense vs Boston College

Run or Pass Yards Run or Pass Yards
Run or Pass Yards Run or Pass Yards
Run (Tucker) 0 Pass (Harris) 6
Pass (Incomplete) 0 Run (Tucker) 15
Pass (Benson) 2 Pass (Harris) 8
Run (Tucker) 2 Run (Tucker) 4
Run (Tucker) 8 Pass (Sack) -10
Pass (Harris) 9 Run (Lutz) 1
Pass (Harris) 24 Run (Tucker) -1
Run (Tucker) 6 Pass (Lutz) 5
Run (Lutz) 2 Pass (Lutz) 12
Run (Tucker) 2 Pass (Incomplete) 0
Run (Morgan) -3 Pass (Hackett) 1 TD
Run (Tucker) 5
1st Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 8 22 2.75
Pass 4 35 8.75
Total 12 57 4.75
2nd Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 4 19 4.75
Pass 7 22 3.14
Total 11 41 3.72
Game Total Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 12 41 3.42
Pass 11 57 6.09
Total 23 98 4.26

Getting Sean Tucker back in the line-up helped Syracuse to use the threat of the run to open up some early down passes from JaCobian Morgan. The Orange used Tucker and Taj Harris to put together a nice first half drive which bogged down in the red zone, a common theme the last few years. That drive did display balance and showed what happens when you give your playmakers some room to work with.

In the second half, Syracuse started off strong but then struggled to turn in positive plays to stay away from 3rd and long situations. It was only after BC went into a prevent mode late in the game where the Orange found success in the passing game.

For the game the overall numbers looked ok but the lack of consistency has prevented Syracuse from playing at a faster tempo and too often the inability to put together sustained drives has hurt the defense. When the Orange come back from the bye we’ll be looking to see if they can show improvement in their offensive execution. They can’t be afraid to throw the ball on early downs if the defense is playing the run and when we see the Orange on November 20th we’d better see something other than the first offensive play result in no gain.