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Syracuse football: First down offense vs Boston College

Strong finish to the regular season

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Boston College Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange have been much better on first downs this season. While I’ll break down the totals for next week, let’s look at how the Orange finished up against Boston College.

Syracuse started off finding success throwing on first down against the weaker Eagles defense. A litany of self-inflicted wounds meant that promising drives came up empty but still there was improvement in the passing game on Saturday.

First down offense vs BC

Run or Pass- 1H Yards Run or Pass- 2H Yards
Run or Pass- 1H Yards Run or Pass- 2H Yards
Run (Tucker) 3 Pass (Cooper) 23
Run (Tucker) -3 Pass (Sack) -3
Pass (Gadsden) 14 Pass (Gadsden) 26
Run (Tucker) 19 Run (Shrader) 19
Run (Tucker) 5 Run (Tucker) 6
Run (Allen) 4 Run (Tucker) 0
Run (Tucker) 4 Run (Shrader) 1
Pass (Gadsden) 17 Pass (Gadsden) 16
Pass (Cooper) 12 Run (Tucker) 9
Pass (Gadsden) 19 Run (Tucker) 2
Pass (Allen) -2 Pass (Cooper) 8 TD
Run (Tucker) -2 Run (Tucker) 10
Pass (Tucker) 4 Pass (Cooper) 5
Pass (Alford) 10 Run (Tucker) 7
Pass (Mang) 8 Run (Shrader) 6
Pass (Cooper) 6 Run (Tucker) 5 TD
Run (Tucker) 4
Kneel Down 0
1st Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 7 30 4.29
Pass 9 88 9.78
Total 16 118 7.38
2nd Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 11 69 6.27
Pass 6 75 12.5
Total 17 144 8.47
Game Total Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 18 99 5.5
Pass 15 163 10.87
Total 33 262 7.94

Syracuse got the running game working in the fourth quarter to put the game away. While we won’t pretend that BC offered a challenging season, it is a good thing to see what Syracuse can do with a healthy (mostly?) Shrader operating behind center. He spread the ball around more in this game and showed that the Orange could move the ball through the air.

Next year it will be critical that Syracuse continues to find balance and some additional weapons. The more players opposing defenses have to pay attention to, the easier it will be to create the type of big plays a team like Syracuse needs against ACC opponents.