FB : BAD HAND: Feeble offensive performance holds Orange back in deflating loss to Cardinals

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shamarko Thomas knifed into the backfield as Syracuse dialed up one last desperation blitz. It was cover zero, and SU sent all-out pressure at Louisville in a last-ditch effort to spark an improbable comeback from 14 points down in the fourth quarter.The Cardinals called an option play to the left, and running back Victor Anderson saw daylight in front of him as he began to turn the corner. Thomas raced after him — the Syracuse strong safety sprawled out, swiping his right hand at any part of Anderson’s leg he could lay a finger on.The balance of the game was on Thomas’ shoulders, with a wall of blocking in place to escort Anderson down the left sideline to seal victory for Louisville. It was a tackle — paradoxically — that the SU offense needed to have. And Thomas knew it. In a game where the Orange offense proved inept at putting points on the board, it certainly couldn’t muster a comeback from any larger deficit.‘That’s definitely a must-tackle, man,’ Thomas said. ‘I just — that just — it hurt man. I wanted to make a play for my team.’Thomas whiffed and Anderson raced 61 yards for the game-clinching touchdown in a 27-10 Louisville victory Saturday in front of 44,817 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a game in which the Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Big East) offense proved incapable of moving the ball consistently — let alone scoring — Thomas’ missed tackle eliminated any possibility of a comeback. Louisville’s (4-4, 2-1) defense stifled an SU unit that clicked on all cylinders a week ago against West Virginia, yielding only 246 yards and one meaningless touchdown in the game’s closing moments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Against West Virginia, they had no negative yards plays, whether it was running the ball or sacks,’ Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said. ‘We were able to get the sacks, throw for losses and our defense just played excellent today.’The relentless pressure from the Cardinals was expected, and Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the Louisville unit did nothing different Saturday than it did in last year’s victory over the Orange.In an effort to combat the blitzes from the 15th-ranked defense in the country, the Orange took shots downfield. Louisville’s pressure left one-on-one matchups for SU’s playmakers on the outside, but quarterback Ryan Nassib and his receivers couldn’t connect all game long.Nassib overthrew Van Chew on a deep route down the right sideline when the SU receiver beat coverage early in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Nassib zipped a pass well out in front of a wide-open Jarrod West in the end zone, and Syracuse settled for a field goal.‘You can go back, you can look at, we had some guys open early,’ Orange head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘When I say open, I’m talking about touchdown open.’Those missed chances resulted in zero pass plays of more than 20 yards. Nassib’s longest completion came on SU’s last offensive play of the game — a 20-yard touchdown toJarrod West with 1:31 remaining and Louisville leading by 24 points.‘We made plays last week, and we didn’t make plays this week,’ Nassib said. ‘Me particularly. I definitely wasn’t accurate enough this week, didn’t make enough throws where guys were open. And those missed throws I made really cost us the game.’Nassib appeared uncomfortable against the relentless Louisville defense that tallied 14 tackles for loss Saturday. That included four sacks of Nassib and countless other hits on the quarterback.Though the plan was to hit big plays downfield early on each series, Nassib connected on only 8-of-14 passes on first down Saturday with a mediocre 5.25 yards per completion average. The result was multiple third-and-long situations that SU failed to convert after Nassib dumped the ball off to safety-valve running backs or tight ends.Three of the four Louisville sacks came on third down to end Syracuse drives.‘If Nassib is feeling uncomfortable, that’s on us,’ SU offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. ‘That’s on the whole offense. Offensive line has got to protect better, running backs have to pick up guys, wide receivers have to get open quicker. We can’t just have him back there and be a sitting duck.’With Louisville leading by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the Syracuse offensive linemen trudged off the field following a disappointing six-play, 11-yard drive. Linebacker Dyshawn Davis attempted to invigorate his deflated teammates with high fives and words of encouragement, jumping around as the linemen sulked on the bench.But the next time SU took the field it was more of the same. It moved the ball 36 yards into Louisville territory before Nassib overthrew a wide-open David Stevens on fourth-and-6. Stevens was behind the Cardinals defense for what should have been an easy touchdown.Saturday’s confused and disoriented offense was a far cry from the near-perfect performance against West Virginia last week, leaving SU disheartened with its bipolarity.Said Nassib: ‘We play so well a week prior, and then we come out and lay an egg.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Beastcoast enters partnership with CORSAIR

first_imgEsports organisation Beastcoast has entered a partnership with computer peripheral and hardware company CORSAIR.As part of this deal, CORSAIR will provide its peripherals – such as keyboards and mice built specifically for gaming – for Beastcoast’s competitors.Beastcoast has a host of professional players and streamers, competing in Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros., and Super Smash Bros. Melee. On June 18th, it was announced that Beastcoast’s Rainbow Six Siege roster had been acquired by Cloud9.Grant Zinn, CEO of Beastcoast commented: “We’re thrilled and proud that CORSAIR sees the value in beastcoast an up and coming esports brand. This partnership is a direct result of the tremendous growth we’ve had in the past six months. With the power of a respected brand like CORSAIR, we know we can grow even further.”Beastcoast welcomes CORSAIR to its roster of partners, which also includes apparel company Design By Humans and health & wellness company INTERVENT. This isn’t the first time CORSAIR has sponsored an esports organisation, already being involved with the likes of Counter Logic Gaming, Team Secret, ROX Gaming, and Splyce. It’s also strategically partnered with DreamHack for two years.Esports Insider says: Beastcoast’s partners prior to CORSAIR were a tad different from what’s typical in the world of esports partnerships, so it’s not surprising to see the likes of CORSAIR getting involved. The computer and peripheral company is slowly but surely building up a diverse, unpredictable roster of partners, which is nice to see.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Simeone: from the lack of players to ‘overbooking’ in three weeks

first_imgThe injuries have stopped tightening Simeone. Just look at two lineups in the last month to check: Atlético has gone from making a list with only 14 field players available to overbooking. Atlético-Granada, February 8. Correa and Vitolo become the rojiblanca forward, Vrsaljko, eleven months without an official match for his knee injury until before the derby, again headline. On the bench, Lemar and Carrasco, ten days after returning, are accompanied by Saponjic (62 minutes in two games: 60 ‘in the Cup against the Cultural, 2’ in the League and now), Toni Moya, Manu Sánchez and Ricard. Atlético-Villarreal, February 23, just fifteen days later: from the Cholo list the kids have disappeared, all are players of the first team. Simeone must make three discards. “Blessed problem”, that the Argentine thought after so much trouble. If Diego Costa had a few minutes 100 days after going through the operating room To have a cervical disc herniation, Morata was already on the team after recovering, in 16 days, from the muscular injury he suffered in the derby against Real Madrid. Before that game the Argentine coach had already lost his star signing of the season, João Félix, another muscular injury, in his right leg, and then he saw how another of his soccer players also entered the operating room: Trippier, pubalgia. The word “nursing” produced cold sweats. From San Rafael to ‘déjà vu’The return of the pre-season ‘stage’ to Los Angeles de San Rafael had controlled the team what last year was a serious problem, the muscle injuries, which were around number 50 throughout the season. It was, but on account drops. Everything accelerated in December. The medical part of each protagonist party again. The 21 has been the last of Lemar. But since December 11 and at a new devilish pace. Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias, João Félix, Herrera, Morata and Lemar again. February on the Cholo charts was cold and hungry. But in the last week, of spring time, the sun has entered its infirmary. Morata recovered, Costa returned, João Félix has recovered, Trippier too, Herrera is already training with the group, although he did not enter the list. Lemar is the only member of that infirmary three weeks ago full. Today is the red and white bench.last_img read more