What looked like an easy remainder of the season for WVU after the LSU loss, proved to be difficult. West Virginia marched into the Carrier Dome, expecting to win another Big East game on their way to a BCS Bowl. Syracuse on the other hand had other plans. They took control of WVU early and never looked back.
West Virginia came in the game #15 in the country and everything to lose, and that they did. Syracuse did exactly what they had to and keep WVU's offense off the field. Not only did they dominate on offense, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith looked sad against a Syracuse defense who hasn't played that well all season.
Down by 12 at the half, West Virginia came out and put a nice looking drive together to get within 5, but failed to stop Syracuse the rest of the game. West Virginia was beat up and down the field, and hasn't played a complete game all year.
Geno Smith did not have the chances like he usually does as his offensive linemen played their worst game all season and couldn't block a high school team if they tried. Coach Holgerson wants answers and he needs to look no further then defensive coordinato Jeff Casteel. The Mountaineers defense had an awful night, and could not get Syracuse off the field. The motto for their defense is "bend but don't break" well they snapped and broke and cracked. Casteel's job security can't be good after this game, especially since Holgorsen didn't have enough time to bring in his own guys this off-season. You can only guess that Holgorsen will party ways with Casteel and bring in a new defense for the first time since Rich Rodriquez came into Morgantown.
Syracuse deserves the credit for this game, as they never stopped and look forward to playing in the ACC. They handled what appeared to be the best team in the Big East, and made a statement of their own. This rivalry comes to an end as Syracuse will move to the ACC and while WVU scrambles to find a home, which appears to be in the Big 12, but who knows after tonights performance.
In closing, I talked WVU up a good game to a Syracuse fan, explaining WVU will not lose this game and should blow by Syracuse, I was wrong. WVU will have one more chance against Syracuse on January 28th, in basketball. In that meeting, WVU will be the underdog this time against a pre-season #3 Syracuse team, who is ready to return to their glory days, and make a run for the national title.