Found September 01, 2013 on Orange Fizz:
Syracuse fans waited months in anticipation for the season opener against Penn State, and to see who the starting QB would be. Drew Allen and the rest of the Orange offense knew, but that still didn’t help. SU fell 23-17 in a game that featured bruising defenses, and tepid offenses. Syracuse could only muster 260 total yards. How did Syracuse look in the opener? Here’s The Fizz Five takeaways from the Meadowlands. The Communication Needs to be Cleaned Up Even though the first quarter was scoreless, the SU offense moved efficiently at times and Allen looked comfortable under center. He started the game 6/7 for 67 yards. The problem was the rest of the way he completed just ten of 30 passes. He admitted his chemistry with his WR’s was shaky down the stretch. “I felt like there were times when we showed a lot of great things, and then there were times when things weren’t so great. And I felt during those times it was when our communication broke apart.” We know Drew Allen has a ton o...

Allen starts at QB for Syracuse

Drew Allen is starting at quarterback for Syracuse against Penn State. Allen and Terrell Hunt competed for the starting job through preseason practice and new coach Scott Shafer decided to keep his starter a secret until the Orange offense took the field in the opener. Allen is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma and a former blue chip high school prospect. The senior was 18 for 30...

Allen, Syracuse fall short against Penn St 23-17

Drew Allen's first start for Syracuse began well, completing his first five passes and showing off the strong arm that had Orange fans excited about the transfer for Oklahoma. From there, he was spotty, throwing a couple of interceptions and finishing 16 of 37 for 189 yards as the Orange lost 23-17 to Penn State on Saturday. Allen hasn't made Syracuse fans forget Ryan Nassib...

Penn State wins in Hackenberg's debut

Christian Hackenberg threw two touchdown passes in his first college game and the freshman led Penn State to 23-17 victory against Syracuse on Saturday. Hackenberg went 22 for 31 for 278 yards with two interceptions and became the second freshman to start a Penn State opener at quarterback since 1910. The 18-year-old blue chip recruit hit Eugene Lewis with a deep pass down the...

Syracuse Loses to Penn State 23-17

Penn State gave Syracuse every chance to win the game.  But the combination of the poor quarterback play, questionable play calling by Syracuse's new offensive staff and the inconsistent running game prevented the Orange from seizing the opportunity. Box Score The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Syracuse Orange 23-17 in Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey in...

The Penn State quarterback is…Christian Hackenberg

The Penn State quarterback will be Christian Hackenberg, ESPN’s top-rated passer of the 2013 class, who beat out junior college quarterback Tyler Ferguson. So your Penn State quarterback is the highly rated true freshman. Bill O’Brien on the Penn State quarterback battle this week: “You’ve got an 18 and a 19-year-old guy here. That’s part of it. They basically just got...

Ole Miss freshman DE Robert Nkemdiche converts fake punt

This play by the Ole Miss Rebels was executed absolutely perfect.  Head Coach Hugh Freeze showed a lot of guts giving true freshman defensive end Robert Nkemdiche the ball on this crucial 4th and 1.  For a guy who is 285 lbs, Nkemdiche can really move.  It’s only a matter of time before the media starts comparing the former #1 overall recruit from last year to Jadeveon Clowney. [SB Nation]
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