The Pinstripe Bowl is almost upon us featuring old foes Syracuse and West Virginia. Two teams with a lot of history with each other and two teams that just don’t like each other. Of course, West Virginia seems to have that problem with everyone, so take that for what its worth. Let’s see if their defense can keep up with the running commentary that their teams are well known for.
Syracuse West Virginia
Points Scored 352 499
Points against 308 457
Differential +44 +42
Rush YPG 171.8 177.6
Pass YPG 301.58 340.9
Jerome Smith has been the workhorse on the ground gaining a net of 1019 yds. on 198 attempts, 3 TD’s and a long of 35; the bruiser. Prince Tyson Gulley has had a strong season gaining 642 on 132 attempts, avg. of 4.7, 7 TD’s and a long of 55.
Which brings us to Ashton Broyld who I suspect will be used extensively in this game with next season looming large. The kid gained 171 on 36 avg. 4.8. He looks to have that game breaking potential from my perspective and that’s not saying a lot. But he has that ‘something’ about him. Marrone, like Paqualoni had a knack to do, did have the team ready to go with some new twists and new faces in his one bowl appearance. Look for this kid Saturday, especially in the cold and snow, he is from Rochester, NY after all.
The Mountaineers bring a committee led by Andrew Buie 172-880-7TD-68.1 per, Tavon Austin 61-632-3TD-4908 ypg., Shawne Alston 46-213-7-53ypg. Dustin Garrison 46-213-2TD-20.7ypg., and QB Geno Smith with 63-301-2TD’s. A dangerous threat to run and the Orange have had issues with that type QB. Tavon Austin is the burner with a 9.8 avg. and a long of 74.He has also run back a punt and a kick-off for scores this season, so the Cuse must try to contain him and we all know special teams have been an adventure this season.
Coming up; a look at the QBs, receivers, and defenses.