That’s because the Orange stifled the nation’s leading rusher in the first half, holding him to just 24 yards on eight carries. While he did have a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring, he had -2 yards on his other seven carries as the Syracuse defense did a great job of bottling him up.
One factor going against Williams is that his team barely had the ball in the first half. The Eagles ran just 22 plays and had the ball for less than eight minutes.
As it stands, Williams is just a couple yards from becoming the ninth player to pass 2,100 rushing yards in a season. If he can come back with a strong second half and lead BC to a win, a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist is a certainty.