October 1, 2007

What went wrong in Miami

Watching Syracuse take on Miami Saturday, one couldn't help but think the Orange would win. You just kept waiting for them to hit that big play to put the nail in the coffin to finish the Redhawks.

But the nail never came and the Orange ran out of time, losing to Miami 17-14 in Oxford, Ohio.

Neither team played extremely well and neither was able to pull away at any point. Miami built a 14-0 lead but was unable to put the Orange away as the game continued.

Syracuse surged back but was unable to put an exclamation point on its comeback.

In a somewhat sloppy and disappointing game, the Orange took a step forward and two backwards as they fell to 1-4 on the season.

Here are the positive and negative aspects Orange fans can pull from Saturday's game.

The bright side

The Orange secondary continued to show improvement, and was nearly successful in shutting down the Redhawk passing game.

Miami Head Coach Shane Montgomery likes to spread the ball around to his young receivers but the Orange didn't let the Redhawks hurt them through the air.

The Orange secondary combined to break up three of quarterback Mike Kokal's passes (two from Dowayne Davis and one from Mike Holmes).

Syracuse kept Kokal to a 50 percent completion rate, allowing him to complete only 13 of 26 passes. It also held Miami to 150 yards through the air and didn't allow a touchdown pass.

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