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Syracuse dominates WVU in Pinstripe Bowl

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My memory is a bit fuzzy, but at one point earlier this season, West Virginia might have been considered a serious Big 12 title contender by some people.

Swing and a miss.

It’s appropriate then that WVU ended a disappointing season getting knocked around 38-14 by former Big East foe Syracuse in a snowy Yankee Stadium. The Orange did everything short of hang 70 on West Virginia like the Mountaineers did in the Orange Bowl last January against Clemson.

The game was supposed to be a display of two great quarterbacks in Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib. As it turned out, neither was much more than pedestrian. Nassib struggled early before it became apparent that he would not be needed to win as Syracuse’s ground game was enough, and Smith was once again pressured successfully by the Orange’s defense. Smith also had a couple inaccurate throws and a couple drops. Penalties (10 for 104 yards) were momentum killers. In all, nothing was ever in sync for Smith or the WVU offense, which was missing starting center, Joey Madsen.

Smith finishes 0-3 as a starter against the ‘Cuse, primarily because Doug Marrone‘s team has been so successful in getting to him behind the line of scrimmage. Syracuse’s defense was en fuego again today by forcing two safeties. Additionally, the Orange managed to keep Tavon Austin, WVU’s shifty do-it-all offensive weapon, out of the end zone.

As explosive as WVU’s offense has been at times in the past two years, Syracuse has figured out a way to slow it to a near crawl. It’s also clear by now that the Mountaineers never had many playmakers outside of Smith, Austin, Stedman Bailey and Karl Joseph on defense. Heading into 2013, the former three offensive players are gone.

At least the Mountaineers won’t be one of the most overrated teams in 2013 like they were this season.

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14 Responses to “Syracuse dominates WVU in Pinstripe Bowl”
  1. biglarry32 says: Dec 29, 2012 7:11 PM

    Well, another game lost and NO DEFENSE played at all. Obviously, the Co-defensive coordinators together don’t add up to even 1/2 of a coordinator. The defense has been rank all year and Holgerson must fire everyone on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line coach. If this is called DEFENSE in the Big 12 then we should move to the mountain west or something.

    Mr. Luck, our esteemed AD–you got rid of Stewart for this? Give me a break!!!!!!

  2. melikefootball says: Dec 29, 2012 7:27 PM

    WOW, I do hope after watching most of that game that my team on Monday does not have that ref crew. Syracuse played well but that score was not indicative of what went on in the game. These bowl games should allow these boys to play. I did feel for the fans Of WV with how many times they finally made a play was called back. It is a shame but hats off to Syracuse.

  3. protectthishouse54 says: Dec 29, 2012 7:28 PM

    Syracuse continues on the path back to prominence! They will lose some key starters next year, but this a an extremely well-coached team. I expect an extension for head coach Doug Marrone very soon and let this be a warning to the ACC! The Cuse is back!

  4. latchbeam says: Dec 29, 2012 7:34 PM

    32 points short of 70… what was the point of even bringing up Syracuse unrealistically scoring 70?

  5. mrlaloosh says: Dec 29, 2012 7:36 PM

    All sofas are safe in West Virginia tonight. What a class act the Big 12 brought in…NOT!

  6. thraiderskin says: Dec 29, 2012 7:39 PM

    So let me get this straight… First the Big 12, Texas Tech, nearly loses to one of the worse teams in the B1G (atleast as far back as I can remember), then turns around and WVU gets its butt handed to it by Syracuse (congrats to the Orange fans by the way). I’m starting get the sense that Big12 fans should shut their mouths about conference power rankings, because you have not looked too good thus far.

  7. thegamecocker says: Dec 29, 2012 8:18 PM

    West Va should be ashamed of itself. All that talent and they didn’t show up against a nothing team. Christ, you played a basketball school and did nothing! All that fire-power and only 14 points! It’s Syracuse you played…..not even Clemson! You guys didn’t deserve to be there and you proved you didn’t want to be there. Coach Stewart never had a defense like that. You all should be ashamed.

  8. dmcgrann says: Dec 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    WVU had a nightmare season. Didn’t rip up the Big 12, but finished 6th. Got to a bowl, which was a matchup of a Big East regular season game, and lost badly.

    Weather had something to do with it. The PAC 12 officials may be a tad flag-happy. But those aren’t excuses.

    The comment of “… Holgerson must fire everyone on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line coach…” is interesting. Why not fire Holgerson?

  9. takingbovadasmoney says: Dec 29, 2012 8:37 PM

    WV has zero heart. As if they saw the snow and quit. BTW, more snow bowls, Denver, Chicago? Awesome cities, outside stadiums, and snow. Sweet.

  10. bertenheim says: Dec 29, 2012 8:46 PM

    Can someone please explain the hopping around and taunting by both teams before kick-off? It looked juvenile.

  11. notsohappyharry2012 says: Dec 29, 2012 9:46 PM

    If the Big East is so bad then why are they DOMINATING the ACC and Big 12 opponents they are playing? Just curious….

  12. boyshole25 says: Dec 30, 2012 1:31 AM

    The taunting was because its the biggest football rivalry for the teams when WVU jumped ship this is the first year they didn’t play in reg season in a long long time

  13. sd1024 says: Dec 30, 2012 2:44 AM

    Soooooo. Where are all the sorry WV fans that were “offended” they drew Syracuse?? Got a steaming plate of crow for you…

  14. mudhead123 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:16 AM

    How is the big east “dominating” the ACC? 1-1 I’m bowl games and 5-4 regular season

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