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The Syracuse Orange will square off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at noon ET on Saturday at JMA Wireless Dome. The Orange are out to keep their five-game home win streak alive.
‘Cuse was hampered by 88 penalty yards against the Clemson Tigers last week. ‘Cuse was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap as they fell 27-21 to Clemson. Despite the loss, ‘Cuse had strong showings from QB Garrett Shrader, who passed for one TD and 167 yards on 26 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 71 yards, and RB Sean Tucker, who was on the other end of that TD.
‘Cuse’s defense was a presence as well, as it collected two interceptions and two fumbles. The picks came courtesy of DB Ja’Had Carter and DB Jason Simmons Jr..
Meanwhile, the UNLV Rebels typically have all the answers at home, but last week Notre Dame proved too difficult a challenge. The Fighting Irish put the hurt on the Rebels with a sharp 44-21 win. The matchup was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 30-7. Notre Dame can attribute much of their success to QB Drew Pyne, who passed for two TDs and 205 yards on 28 attempts in addition to picking up 30 yards on the ground, and TE Michael Mayer, who caught six passes for one TD and 115 yards.
Special teams collected 14 points for Notre Dame. K Blake Grupe delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
This next game is expected to be close, with ‘Cuse going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.
The Orange are now 6-1 while Notre Dame sits at 4-3. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: ‘Cuse comes into the contest boasting the fifth fewest passing touchdowns allowed in the nation at five. As for Notre Dame, they rank 27th in the nation when it comes to sacks, with 20 on the season.
Syracuse comes up short against Notre Dame.
STORY: https://t.co/qyU3MdmNfo pic.twitter.com/05jzqASlQe
Marcus Freeman says while Notre Dame wants to lean into the run game that he’s not concerned about the pass game. Says if the Irish can score 41 points this way, he’s fine keeping with this style of game plan.
Regroup and prepare for Pitt pic.twitter.com/01QfQ4438j
An Irish WIN in the dome#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/IZyotMFPVI
Notre Dame 41
Irish beat a Top 25 on the road thanks to some big defensive turnovers and special teams moments. Drew Pyne just 1-of-5 for 11 yards in the second half as the Irish didn’t need to pass.
Blake Grupe again.
Notre Dame 41
The game management of Dino Babers leaves something to be desired.
Steve Angeli will now hand off the football.
Michael Mayer recovers the onsides kick. Hopefully the John Mackey Award committee was watching today considering John Mackey played at Syracuse.
I don’t follow that one. Did the receiver not step out of bounds before the ball arrived and then came back in?
Carlos Del Rio-Wilson finds D’Marcus Adams for a 13-yard touchdown pass. pic.twitter.com/mw1euEi9Ig
Brandon Joseph’s interception wiped off the board by an offsides flag against Justin Ademilola.
C-LEW#GoIrish https://t.co/fDWxVCtOd1 pic.twitter.com/Ea7TvHcFoa
And that doesn’t include the 7 points generated from the blocked punt or the 7 points that came after forcing a turnover on downs before halftime. https://t.co/3FddrfqRHz
Notre Dame has 14 points off turnovers today at Syracuse.
Notre Dame had 10 points off turnovers ALL SEASON before this game.
Another one.#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/XDPrzjhi0W
Notre Dame with its fifth punt block of the season, this one from Clarence Lewis. Irish get first-and-goal at the two-yard line and Audric Estime powers in.
We’re done here.
The Irish ran eight plays on that drive (including the pass interference call). Notre Dame lined up in 13 personnel on seven of them.
But this time Drew Pyne whips the ball to Deion Colzie for a first down.
Man, Notre Dame needed that one badly. Howard Cross tips the pass. Marist Liufau intercepts it. Big moment.
Sean Tucker makes it a one-score game!#PL34SED
📺 ABC pic.twitter.com/6gqcOB2J7t
Drop eight. Drew Pyne can’t read it. Notre Dame will punt.
END 3Q: SYR 17 ND 24
Del Rio-Wilson: 5-9, 104 yds
Tucker: 15 car, 58 yds, TD
4th quarter. Let’s go. 😤 pic.twitter.com/OMzz9SfRdn
Headed to the 4th with the lead#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/ROTCx5Ff31
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