Friday, July 13, 2007

Jags as OC: Season 2, Syracuse

UPDATE: Regular reader Michael S. made a good point about the Jags as OC series -- many of the posts are lacking context. I appreciate the feedback and will try to make a change going forward. I often start writing these things and forget that readers are not familiar with the games or haven’t recently researched said game. My bad. And if you’re a regular and want to send feedback, either post in the comments section or send me an email. I appreciate it and I’m always open to new ideas.

After a promising start the 1998 season continued its downturn with this loss 42-25 loss to Syracuse. Fortunately for current BC fans, Jags put the offense back on track after getting shut out in the previous game against Virginia Tech. Take a look at the stats.

Stat Line
First downs 20
Rushes-yards 42-144
Passing 226
Return Yards 115
Comp-Att-Int 13-23-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-13
Punts 3-48
Fumbles-Lost 1-0
Penalties-Yards 2-15
Time of Possession 31:36

What can we learn from the game? The offense regrouped. I referenced the Virginia Tech shutout in the opening, but there was more to the story. Syracuse was very good at the time and kept Mutryn and company off the field for most of the first half. Yet in the second half, some solid play calling and adjustments put BC back in the game. If not for some poor Eagle special teams, Jags might have pulled off a huge comeback.

Despite the loss and continued losing, I find comfort in Jags use of Cloud. He was the focal point for any team we faced in 1998. Yet even with everyone in the stadium and on the field knowing he was going to get the ball, the guy was able to amass 126 total yards. I hope this means that Jags and Logan will be able to use our best weapons regardless of what our opponents do.

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