Stock watch: Lots down after Syracuse’s blowout loss to Notre Dame

first_imgTommy DeVitoAs Dungey walked to the locker room, DeVito slung a deep pass to Nykeim Johnson in the endzone. Blanketed by a defender, Johnson got his hands to the ball but couldn’t haul it in. It was about as close as SU got to the end zone all game. DeVito struggled mightily, going 14-for-31 for 105 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked six times. Notre Dame’s defense deserves kudos for putting DeVito under constant duress, but the redshirt freshman quarterback was inaccurate throwing the ball and didn’t sense the pass rush well.Of his two interceptions, only one can be pinned fully on DeVito. Throwing deep down the right side in the second quarter, DeVito didn’t spot UND safety Alohi Gilman over the middle, and the free safety trotted over and swiped an underthrown ball. (The second interception, also picked off by Gilman, came from a Taj Harris bobble.)With Dungey out, SU needed DeVito to shine, like he did against North Carolina and Florida State. He didn’t.Wide receiversOutside of Harris’ five receptions for 78 yards, SU’s wideouts caught seven passes for 24 yards. Against a veteran Notre Dame secondary, they struggled to get open, and even when they did, drops were frequent.In the fourth quarter, Johnson came across the middle with separation from his defender. DeVito delivered the ball on time and on target. It went right through Johnson’s hands. Harris, despite his career-high outing, had a potential touchdown ripped from his hands by Julian Love in the fourth quarter and also gave up the interception. Jamal Custis caught one pass for 10 yards, Dungey’s only completion of the game. Notre Dame’s defensive backs were arguably the best unit on the field Saturday, and even when Syracuse receivers did get open, the results weren’t good. Comments NEW YORK — No. 12 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) endured a 36-3 beat down in Yankee Stadium at the hands of No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) on Saturday afternoon. The loss ended a four-game winning streak and effectively ended most realistic hopes for a New Year’s Six bowl.In the first quarter, Eric Dungey left with what was later announced as an upper-body injury. In his stead, Tommy DeVito struggled heavily and SU’s offense never got moving to help a defense struggling to slow the Irish.Here’s whose stock is up, or down, after the thumping.Stock upClark LeaAfter getting dominated by the Irish defense for 60 minutes, all Syracuse — a team that was averaging 44.4 points per game — could do was kick a field goal in the dying seconds of Saturday’s game to avoid the shutout. In his press conference after the game, SU head coach Dino Babers offered his praise for UND defensive coordinator and former Orange assistant, Clark Lea.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Really they turned the game from chess to checkers and now guys have to make plays,” Babers said of Lea’s scheme. “There was numerous combination, passing combinations that we called, and you looked out there and everybody was covered.”Lea’s defensive gameplan was great, UND head coach Brian Kelly said, and the Irish felt confident in their scheme in the week leading up the game. After a dominating defensive performance, Lea, a first-year coordinator, deserves the praise for stifling SU’s offense.Moe Neal and Dontae StricklandWith Dungey hurting and DeVito struggling, SU turned to its ground game. Neal and Strickland toted the rock a combined 26 times for 124 total yards. Neal ran well behind SU’s zone blocking scheme in the first half, spotting lanes and cutback angles and using his speed to burst to the edge when needed. Strickland ran hard through contact, leveling one Notre Dame defender on a right-side handoff.The two also hauled in three catches for 13 yards.In a game where pretty much nothing else went right for SU, Strickland and Neal produced as well as anyone could hope for.Stock downPass rushBefore Saturday, Syracuse’s defense had produced 33 sacks through 10 games. The unit had two against the Irish.Kelly said postgame that defensive ends Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson were of particular concern, and the Irish placed a big emphasis on blocking them throughout the week. Neither recorded a sack. “I thought we blocked two very good ends,” Kelly said. “Coleman and Robinson are really good defensive ends. I thought we did a pretty good job blocking those guys.”Both times SU got to quarterback Ian Book, it was because he spent too much time in the pocket. Published on November 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pummelling E’Guinea not Falcons’ Priority, Says Oshoala

first_imgAhead of Nigeria’s Super Falcons make or mar final group match against two-time Africa Women Cup of Nations champions Equatorial Guinea, Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has stated that the main goal of the team is to get the maximum three points in the match with less emphasis on the number of goals to be scored.The Dalian Quanjian of China striker believes that aiming for a superior number of goals even before playing the game can be likened to jumping the gun which might be counterproductive. “Our primary aim is to get three points and hopefully we get the goals as much as we can. As a team, we want to score goals but if we start thinking about goals and forget about our primary aim, it won’t be good for us so as a team we just want to go all out.”The former Arsenal and Liverpool of England star insisted that the team’s opponent having lost two games and being automatically out of the championship might want to play for pride which might make life more difficult for the Falcons. “Equatorial Guineahave lost two matches already and this is their last game of the tournament. They know they have nothing to lose and it’s always difficult to play a team like this.” Oshoala insisted that despite the threat that might come with the Guineans trying to play for pride, she believes that the Falcons have all it takes to get the maximum points and still score more goals. “We don’t want to play them and get just one point because that’s not going to be very good for us. We hope to win and with lot of goals.”Equatorial Guinea are currently bottom of Group B at the ongoing AWCON having conceded a total of 12 goals in two games. The hurriedly assembled team lost the first game 5 – 0 to Zambia before suffering a heavy 7 – 1 loss to the Bayana Bayana of South Africa.Nigeria’s Super Falcons will face the Guineans today at 5:30p.m. at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jon Gruden told Raiders players he had COVID-19 to teach them a lesson

first_imgWhile Gruden’s intentions might have been OK, his method of getting the message across was questionable. NFL Network correspondent Mike Garafolo’s overwhelmingly positive spin of the incident was odd, too.One more on the #Raiders from Inside Training Camp on @nflnetwork: Jon Gruden’s attempt to “crush” COVID-19 included assistant Rich Bisaccia tricking the players into thinking Gruden had coronavirus. But it wasn’t a mean-spirited prank. There was a serious message behind it.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 5, 2020It would be interesting to get the inside perspective of players on the call to determine how Gruden’s strategy was actually perceived. The Raiders are having another bizarre offseason despite most of their activities taking place virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, coach Jon Gruden had special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia lie to players on a video call by telling them Gruden had been hospitalized with the coronavirus. It was an apparent ploy to get them to take the illness seriously. MORE: Full NFL opt-out listThe upcoming season will be the Raiders’ first in Las Vegas. They are still trying to replicate their 2016 success (12-4 record, wild-card berth) while hedging their bets on quarterback Derek Carr with the signing of Marcus Mariota. Carr was excellent in that campaign but suffered a late-season injury and hasn’t been regarded the same since then.The Raiders are slated to make their Vegas debut in Week 2 against the Saints.last_img read more

Christmas to be extended for select few

first_imgTickets are still available at multiple locations in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. For specific ticket seller locations, visit or contact Connie Sall at 250-785-4408.The final draws, including for the grand prize will take place Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Totem Mall, in front of Western Financial. Tickets must be entered no later than 3 p.m. in order to be entered into the lottery.Ticket prices are one for $40 or three for $100. There will be an extra day of Christmas for a select few this year.The Rotary Mega Lottery’s final draw will take place on Sunday, Dec. 26, giving one lucky ticket holder the opportunity to win the $40,000 grand prize or a choice between a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 2011 Ford Mustang GT or a 2011 Honda Pilot.- Advertisement -Second place prizes are also impressive, as the runner-up has the choice between a $25,000, 2011 GMC Terrain, 2010 Ford Ranger XLT or a 2011 Honda Insight.However, the prizes don’t stop there, as the third place winner receives a Polaris Razer LE, the fourth place wins a Honda Big Red side by side quad, fifth place takes home a Polaris Sportsman 550 LE quad and even a six place winner receives a $5,000 travel voucher.As if that wasn’t enough, the Rotary Mega Lottery offers tons of great prizes to other ticket holders, including LED televisions, treadmills, BBQ’s, Notebook computers and much more.Early Bird draws have begun and two lucky ticket holders have already received thousands of dollars in prizes. Alan Bone won $10,000 on Oct.14 and Ryan Van Esch won $15,000 on Nov. 25.Advertisementlast_img read more