3 things we learned from Syracuse football’s 31-24 win over Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutAmba Etta-Tawo sets Syracuse football single-game record with 270 receiving yards in win against ConnecticutWill Amba Etta-Tawo lead the nation in receiving yards entering Week 5? Watch these receivers to find outFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 31-24 win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse football defeats Connecticut, 31-24 Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut — Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) climbed back to .500 by defeating Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic), 31-24, on Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field.Here’s what we learned from the Orange victory.Syracuse still hasn’t figured out its running gameOnce Dontae Strickland ran for over 100 yards in the first half against South Florida last week, it seemed like the Orange had found a consistent way to move the ball on the ground.After all, through the first two games, the team was averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. No running back had more than 40 yards in the Louisville game, and only Neal eclipsed that mark against Colgate thanks to a 49-yard score on his first carry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it seems like the first half against USF was more an aberration than a turning point. With a completely new offensive line, the running backs still struggled finding any holes. The team finished with just 62 yards on 26 carries, both season lows, with 35 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerCole Murphy has Dino Babers’ trust despite rough gameSyracuse’s kicker Cole Murphy had been rock solid through the first three games of the season. He had nailed three kicks from 40 or more yards and his only miss through seven kicks on the season was from 55 yards to end the half against Louisville.He struggled against UConn on Saturday, missing two field goals, including one from 33 yards out that would have put the Orange up 10 late in the game. He also launched two kickoffs out of bounds, giving the Huskies the ball at the 35-yard line. Still, head coach Dino Babers said he supports Murphy.“Kickers are kickers. Flags start blowing and they start looking around,” Babers said. “Could we do better? Yeah. Am I OK with him? I’m OK with him. Do I want to trade him? Heck no, I don’t want to trade him. I like Cole a lot. He’s going to help us.”SU doesn’t need to go for it on fourth down to winLast week, Dino Babers answered questions postgame after the loss to USF about why he went for it so many times on fourth down. At the time he said that he thought SU needed those conversions to win the game.This time around, Syracuse didn’t go for a single fourth down. Its first opportunity was a fourth-and-1 from around midfield, but Sterling Hofrichter came on to punt it away. Hofrichter ended up punting five times in the game while Murphy attempted three field goals.Had Murphy made all his kicks, the Orange would have had bigger leads at different points in the game. Even without those makes, the Orange proved it could win without running a fourth down play. Commentscenter_img Published on September 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Tyler Skaggs offers Angels’ bullpen little relief in loss to A’s

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousOakland’s Matt Olson, left, Matt Chapman, center, and Stephen Piscotty celebrate after their 7-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo can’t handle a ball hit for a single by Oakland’s Jurickson Profar during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, pops out during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty, left, makes it to second on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo misses the throw from home during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a single by Jurickson Profar during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano, right, is congratulated by Josh Phegley, left, after scoring during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, heads to first with a single during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim connects for a sacrifice fly as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 oscores on a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, congratulates teammate Brian Goodwin after he scored on Goodwin’s sacrifice fly during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim connects for a two run homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Tommy La Stella #9 congratulates Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his two-run homerun as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics and umpire Kerwin Danley look on during the fifth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoids a high pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athleticsat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on after allowing a solo home run by Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland’s Matt Olson, left, Matt Chapman, center, and Stephen Piscotty celebrate after their 7-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo can’t handle a ball hit for a single by Oakland’s Jurickson Profar during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 18Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo can’t handle a ball hit for a single by Oakland’s Jurickson Profar during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Angels starter Tyler Skaggs slogged through a tough fourth inning Thursday, a series of singles frustrating like paper cuts.The fifth inning cut like a saw blade.On a day when the Angels could have used their first complete game of 2019 – Manager Brad Ausmus even joked about it in the dugout Thursday afternoon – Skaggs matched his shortest start of the season. The Angels needed Jaime Barría to mop up the final five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Oakland A’s before an announced crowd of 34,109 at Angel Stadium.Wednesday, the bullpen tossed 6⅓ innings in relief of Felix Peña – 7⅓, if you include the work of “opener” Cam Bedrosian. At least that dark cloud held the silver lining of a walk-off victory, but the game continued a trend that’s perturbed the club all season. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img After that, Skaggs said, “I think I got too cute. Still got ahead of a lot of people and gave up some two-strike hits. It’s just one of those days. It’s frustrating. It sucks that it happened today.”The Angels committed three errors. The worst: a comically bad throw by left fielder Brian Goodwin in the fifth inning, when the ball slipped out of his hand and landed no more than 10 feet in front of him.After winning eight of their last 12 games to pull within two games of .500, the Angels (30-33) are now 12½ games behind the first-place Astros in the American League West, matching their largest deficit of the season. They host the reeling Seattle Mariners (26-40) for three games beginning Friday.The Angels don’t have a starting pitcher for Saturday. It will not be Barría, who was the closest thing to a metaphorical silver lining on a literal cloudy day.“It’s a really bright silver lining that he was able to keep the bullpen from having to come in or even get up and throw the baseball,” Ausmus said. Angels relievers lead all of baseball in innings pitched, largely due to their use of one-inning “openers.” Even excluding the 41 innings pitched by Peña and other starters in relief, only five teams have demanded more innings from their bullpen than the Angels.There was no silver lining Thursday after Skaggs (4-6) completed four innings, then bequeathed a pair of runners to Jaime Barría in the fifth without recording an out. Skaggs threw 15 pitches in the inning, six for strikes. He walked Chad Pinder and Matt Chapman, then allowed an RBI single to Khris Davis that put the Angels in a 4-1 hole.“I just didn’t have it today,” Skaggs said. “It was just a disaster.”After touching 93 mph in the fourth inning, Skaggs’ fastball topped out at 89 mph in the fifth. He was not removed for any medical reason; rather, a series of long at-bats simply wore him down.Skaggs didn’t need reminding about the season-long burden on his bullpen. “It’s frustrating,” he said. “I really wanted to go out there and give the team some length and win the series and complete opposite today. I wouldn’t say it’s embarrassing but it’s probably the worst outing I’ve had in a long time. Nobody’s more frustrated than me. I let my team down, I let the bullpen down. Just one of those days.”Barría, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier in the day, didn’t fare much better than Skaggs initially. A pair of sacrifice flies sandwiched around a walk allowed the A’s to extend their lead to 6-1. Both of those runs were charged to Skaggs, whose final line was arguably his worst of the season: four walks, six hits and six runs (five earned) allowed over four-plus innings.A two-run home run by Mike Trout against A’s starter Mike Fiers (5-3) pulled the Angels within 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. But a solo home run by Stephen Piscotty in the seventh inning off Barría extended the A’s lead. Jared Walsh doubled and scored on a groundout in the ninth inning to provide the final score.Trout’s home run was his 16th of the season and his second in as many days. Kole Calhoun and Tommy La Stella each had two of the Angels’ nine hits; Calhoun also stole a base. But the Angels did not induce much stress on Fiers or relievers Ryan Buchter, Liam Hendriks, Lou Trivino or Joakim Soría. They finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.Fiers was not the pitcher who no-hit the Reds on May 7. He allowed seven hits in six innings, but he allowed only three runs. That was enough to subdue the Angels for the second time in two head-to-head starts this season.“We had a little trouble with Fiers,” Ausmus said. “We were able to score, but he pitched very well. He mixes it up. He’s got a four-seam fastball he can ride up in the zone. Mixes in a curveball, a little slider, an occasional change. You really never know what you’re going to get because he stays out of patterns. He’s a smart pitcher.”The first three innings were a brisk affair, as Skaggs matched Fiers zero for zero. In the fourth, consecutive singles by Piscotty, Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano and Jurickson Profar allowed the A’s to take a 2-0 lead. A sac fly by Josh Phegley made it 3-0 before the inning was over.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more