Syracuse loses 17-10 at Minnesota, here’s The Fizz’s knee-jerk reaction:
Let’s face it, the game was lost on 2nd and goal from the 1-yard line late in the 3rd quarter. Back-to-back pass interference calls led to a 1st-and-goal on the 1, as the Orange trailed 14-3. Jerome Smith was stopped on first down for no gain on what appeared to be a trap play. On 2nd-and-goal, Nate Hackett called for an indefensible pitch wide left for Smith. Jerome is a grinder, he will never be the fastest to the edge. The Gophers defense easily beat him to the outside and left him with a loss of three. The Orange would have 3rd-and-goal from the 4, needing a touchdown. SU elected to throw and ended up with a sack-deflection-INT which gave the ball back to Minnesota.
It’s normally impossible to pin a loss on one play in the 3rd quarter, but stringing Smith wide was ridiculous. That’s not his game. And on a drive that had to end in a TD, the Orange backed itself up three and made 3rd down a pass...