What we learned from Syracuse football’s loss to N.C. State

first_imgSyracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) struggled in its 35-20 loss to North Carolina State (5-5, 2-4), and made the last two games of its regular season must-wins to guarantee itself a bowl appearance. SU has its home finale against Florida State and its season finale at Pittsburgh still left.Check out what we learned from the loss to N.C. State.Alvin Cornelius can step up in Steve Ishmael’s placeAlvin Cornelius’ teammates refer to him as “Ace” and on Saturday, he filled the spot Steve Ishamel had vacated admirably. Although Ishmael wasn’t included on this week’s injury report, the wide receiver sat out Saturday’s game.“He was still a little banged up from the Clemson game. He practiced during the week and through it early in the week and as the week went, he just didn’t recover,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “He practiced on Tuesday, but then Wednesday didn’t recover well, Thursday didn’t recover well, and he just didn’t feel good about it so we went with Ace.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornelius tied Ervin Philips and Amba Etta-Tawo for the most passes caught by an SU receiver in the game with four and the senior tallied 61 yards. His best play was a 46-yard reception. Cornelius beat the cornerback deep and starting quarterback Zack Mahoney arced the ball into the wide receiver’s hands.“I think him on one of their DBs,” Mahoney said. “We liked that matchup.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorChop block costs Syracuse at chance to tie gameSyracuse was driving with under 10 minutes to play and Mahoney nearly had another deep throw to Cornelius. Mahoney placed the ball in the back of the end zone and Cornelius came down with the 34-yard toss. But the referees had thrown flags in the backfield. After a short discussion, they called a chop block on backup center Donnie Foster, who had replaced Colin Byrne after the starting center left the game with an injury, and Dontae Strickland. An N.C. State pass rusher had beaten Foster and Strickland dove low as Foster pushed the defensive lineman.Pending a two-point conversion, the nullified touchdown could have tied Syracuse and North Carolina State. Instead, Mahoney was sacked on the next play, setting up a second-and-38. Somehow, the down marker was changed to a down later than it should have been. After an incompletion on second down, SU punted because the down marker read fourth and 38.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse down to its last strike after loss against N.C. StateEric Dungey ‘probably doubtful’ against Florida StateGallery: The best photos from SU-NCSU “They did not (give an explanation). I’m not clear on all the stuff that went through right there. I was politely asked to leave the field so I obliged,” Babers clarified later.Strickland said he was just doing his job and what he was “taught to do” in picking up the extra defensive lineman when he came through.“There were a lot of critical calls that didn’t go our way, that’s part of the game. We won’t cry over spilled milk,” Babers said.“Those big fines, I can’t afford them. Those other guys can afford them. They called a chop block. The center got beat very quickly, the third-team center got beat very quickly and anytime that happens, the back’s got to compensate,” Babers added. “The back did a fantastic job of compensating and the official said that the center that got beat very badly put his hands back on the guy who was being blocked by our running back.” Published on November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Special teams’ effort wasted by offenseAfter struggling in the middle of the season, Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter has been stellar for SU down the stretch of the season. The Orange needed Hofricter six times on Saturday. The punter racked up 284 total yards and an average of 47.3 yards per punt. His longest flew 65 yards and he put two inside the 20-yard line.In addition to Hofricther’s punts, kick returner and wide receiver Sean Riley blocked a North Carolina State punt inside its own 20-yard line. Before SU had recovered, Riley started celebrating, jumped up and looked back toward the sideline. He and Shyheim Cullen brought extra pressure. SU began the ensuing possession on NCSU’s 17-yard line but came away with only a field goal.Although SU’s special teams proved to be solid on Saturday, Syracuse wasted the field position wins it did accrue. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s Hockey: Badgers look to snap losing streak against Penn State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) faces the Penn State Nittany Lions (18-9-3, 10-7-3) in their final Big Ten series at home this season.With six total games left, including this series, the Badgers look to spoil the Lion’s first-place hopes by knocking them off the top of the standings. Sitting at 10 points behind Michigan, if the Badgers have any thoughts of finishing in a place other than last, they must win all six of their remaining games.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…After losing two straight games to Minnesota, the Badgers looked to win against the Michigan Wolverines, who sit just one place in front of them in the Big Ten standings. After failing to come away with that win, the Badgers are officially in desperation mode for the rest of the season, looking to end their second streak of three or more consecutive losses on the season.Cole Caufield looks to continue his tear on the Big Ten — leading the conference with 22 points in 21 games. If he continues this run, Caufield could potentially finish as the first UW men’s hockey player to win the scoring title for the Big Ten since the 1977-1978 season, when Mark Johnson and Mike Eaves shared the crown.With 18 goals on the season, Caufield is having the ninth highest goal-scoring year for a player in UW history — 18 goals behind the leader, Mark Johnson, who scored 36 goals in the 1976-1977 season.Men’s Hockey: Badgers get swept by Michigan, extend losing streak to five gamesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) was in Ann Arbor this weekend where they were Read…After missing his fourth and fifth straight games, freshman center Alex Turcotte is still questionable to play in this weekend’s series, as he battles a lower-body injury.If the Badgers have any hope of making a playoff run, they would need to make a deep push into the Big Ten Tournament, which starts in a few weeks. To do this, they must gain some momentum now to hit their stride and pick up some much needed points.In what should be a series of action-packed games, expect the Badgers to try and ride the crowd’s energy at the Kohl Center to turn their season around.Both games will be played at the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Both will be broadcast live on WIBA radio and Saturday night’s game will be shown on Fox Sports Wisconsin.last_img read more

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Wellington girls softball team crank out 28 hits in doubleheader sweep of Rose Hill; boys lose badly

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team swept Rose Hill, but the boys were swept by the Rockets on the road, Thursday.Wellington girls beat Rose Hill 13-8 in game one. The Lady Crusaders then beat the Rockets 11-1. Wellington is now 7-1.The Crusaders were dominant behind the plate, getting 30 hits throughout the doubleheader. In the first game, Wellington would whack out 17 hits to Rose Hill’s 1. In game two, freshman Brooke McCorkle would shut Rose Hill out on the mound allowing two hits, while the Lady Dukes on the other end were producing 13 hits.It was a good win for the Crusaders against the traditional power in softball.After two scoreless innings, Wellington scored four runs in the top of the third. Avery Rusk singled, McCorkle singled, Erin Goodrum doubled and Jacelyn Buck singled.Wellington added three runs in the fourth on a 2 RBI R. Buck triple and McCorkle RBI single. Wellington would score two runs in the top of the fifth and seventh inning.Lewellen was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts and no walks, even though she gave up 15 hits.In the second game, Madi Adams scored a home run in the top of the third to give the Lady Dukes a 1-0 lead. Wellington then broke open a very close 1-0 contest in the top of the fifth with five runs thanks to a two-run double by J. Buck and a two-run triple by Abby Goodrum.Wellington added three runs in the sixth on Bailey DeJarnett and Buck doubles.McCorkle would allow just two hits and two walks in seven innings pitched. She struck out four.GAME 1: Wellington 13 Rose Hill 8WHS   0 0 4 3 3 0 3     13 17 0RHHS 0 0 1 3 3 1 0       8 15 1WP Lewellen 7I 15H 8R 8ER 5K 0BB 1HBP.LP DockRusk 3/5 3R 1RBI 1DBLB DeJarnett 1/4 1R 1RBI 1DBL 1SACR Buck 3/4 3R 3RBI 1BB 1DBL 1TRIPLEMcCorkle 2/4 1R 1RBI 1BBE Goodrum 4/5 1R 4RBI 1DBLJ Buck 1/5 2RBIZimmerman 0/3 1BBLewellen 1/3 1BBA Goodrum 2RAdams 2/4 2R 1RBI 1TRIPLEGAME 2: Wellington 11 Rose Hill 1WHS   0 0 1 1 5 3 1     11 13 0RHHS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0      1  2   1WP McCorkle 7I 2H 1R 1ER 4K 2BBLP E AdlerRusk 1/5 1R 1SBB DeJarnett 2/5 1R 1RBI 2DBLR Buck 2/3 3R 1RBI 1BB 1DBL 1TRIPLE 1HBP 2SBMcCorkle 1/3 1RBI 1BB 1HBPZimmerman 1RE Goodrum 1/4 1R 1RBI 1BBJ Buck 2/4 2R 1RBIA Goodrum 2/3 1R 2RBI 1BB 1TRIPLELewellen 0/3 1SAC 1ROEAdams 2/4 1R 2RBI 1HR. ———The Wellington boys had a rough go against the eighth ranked Rockets, scoring just two runs while giving up 27 runs. The first game was especially ugly as Rose Hill scored two runs in the first, nine runs in the second and four runs in the third. The Rockets had 17 hits. Wellington had one run on three errors. In game two, it was better but not by much. Rose Hill scored two runs in the first, five runs in the second and four runs in the third. The Rockets had just seven hits but Wellington had an amazing eight errors. Wellington combined for 11 errors in the doubleheader – not a good sign.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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