November 19, 2007

UConn loss: Good, bad, and ugly

The Orange dropped their ninth loss of the season on Saturday in Connecticut with a 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Huskies.

While there was improvement in some aspects, Syracuse failed in others and couldn't keep up with the conference leaders as the game wore on.

Although it's hard to come away from a 30-7 loss to a Big East opponent feeling too good, the Orange did show some improvement on the field on Saturday.

Of course, as the score indicated, several aspects of their game suffered.

The Good

Surprisingly, the Orange ran the ball better against Connecticut than they have for much of the season. The Huskies' stout rush defense has been behind many of their wins but Syracuse was able to find some running room.

Freshman Doug Hogue and junior Paul Chiara combined to tally 120 yards on the ground, each averaging over five yards per carry.

Hogue powered the ground game for much of the first half, racking up all of his 65 yards before halftime, and Chiara took over after that, rushing for 55 yards including a 22 yard sprint through the Connecticut defense.

The Orange running game averaged more than 4.1 yards per carry, one of their most impressive outings this season.

Secondly, Mike Williams continued to prove that he is one of the most dangerous weapons on this offense, catching yet another touchdown pass to extend his streak of games with a touchdown catch to eight.

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