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Syracuse football: first down offense vs Western Michigan

Explosive plays in the passing game....*swoon*

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest complaints about the Syracuse Orange offense last season was that it lacked explosive plays.

Through two weeks of the 2023 season, Syracuse has looked far more dangerous in the passing game. Garrett Shrader’s passing wasn’t as accurate on Saturday but he went 7-14 on 1st downs in the 1st half and it led to 174 yards through the air. Three of those seven completions went for more than 30 yards and if teams are going to continue to sell out and stop the run on early downs, it looks like Jason Beck is happy to throw over the top.

First Down offense vs WMU

Run or Pass- 1H Yards Run or Pass- 2H Yards
Run or Pass- 1H Yards Run or Pass- 2H Yards
Pass (Incomplete) 0 Run (Price) 2
Run (Shrader) 9 Run (Price) 0
Pass (Incomplete) 0 Run (Price) -2
Pass (Brown) -1 Pass (Hatcher) 9
Pass (Jones) 4 Run (Price) 1
Pass (Incomplete) 0 Run (Price) -1
Pass (Jones) 30 Pass (Gill) 13
Run (Allen) 1 TD Run (Price) 3
Pass (Brown) 86 TD Run (Del-Rio Wilson) 3
Pass (Incomplete) 0 Run (Daniels) 3
Pass (Gill) 3 Run (Daniels) 2
Run (Allen) -1 Kneel down 0
Run (Allen) 1
Pass (Hatcher) 48
Run (Shrader) 4
Run (Allen) 1 TD
Pass (Incomplete) 0
Pass (Incomplete) 0
Run (Price) 7
Run (Price) 4
Pass (Brown) 4
Pass (Incomplete) 0
Run (Allen) 2 TD
1st Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 9 28 3.1
Pass 14 174 12.4
Total 23 202 8.8
2nd Half Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 10 11 1.1
Pass 2 22 11
Total 12 33 2.75
Game Total Plays Yards Avg yards per play
Run 19 39 2.1
Pass 16 196 12.3
Total 35 235 6.7

There was nothing to write about from that second half, but with a 40-point lead, keeping things super-ultra vanilla isn’t the worst thing. Both Shrader and LeQuint Allen spent the half on the sidelines and after two weeks, the Orange have been able to get some young players valuable reps.

Obviously the Oronde Gadsden injury is something everyone is worried about, but we’ve seen Isaiah Jones, Umari Hatcher, and Donovan Brown make big plays. Can they keep it up on the road against a Big Ten opponent? Will we see Allen used in the passing game this week?

A lot to look for, but a lot so far to be excited about with Shrader running Beck’s version of the tempo offense.