It’s time to deliver the Fizz 5 of Syracuse’s win over Stony Brook, 28-17. SU won a game for the first time in almost 11 months. It was way too close for comfort the entire afternoon, but parts of Marrone’s new up-tempo offense clicked beautifully and Syracuse held on to secure the victory.
The whole afternoon felt like we were watching The Dougie in his football laboratory, trying to secure gains on offense while avoiding mental mistakes and calling plays via process of elimination. Sometimes experiments blow up in your face, and for much of the game, SU seemed to be beating itself. (Fizz alum Steve Neikam summed up the situation well, tweeting: “The gun SU uses to shoot itself in the foot definitely has the unlimited ammo cheat from Goldeneye”)
SU made inexcusable mental errors and fielded a defense that broke down in the open field to allow over 200 rushing yards from an inferior team, but with the negatives come the positives. Ashton Broyld scored his first touchdown a...