Syracuse Football: Cuse vs Pitt top takeaways from Week 6

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The Syracuse football team snapped a two game losing streak by winning a big one at home against the Pitt Panthers. ITLH breaks it down.

Let me start off by saying it was awesome to be back in the Dome to watch Syracuse football.  I will break down my return in an article later this week.

Now on to the game!  In recent years Pittsburgh has had our number.  They had won the last four straight and 11 of the past twelve.  But not Saturday, the Orange finally had a complete game in all facets and despite winning with only a 3 point margin controlled the game.

First Otto helmet sticker goes of course to Eric Dungey.  

After the game our modest Heisman hopeful was more determined than ever according to

"“It’s good, but I’ve said we had so much to improve on, the game was way too close.  We could have put it away and we had a lot of opportunities too, but it’s always nice to get that win.”"

This comes from a Junior quarterback that many NFL players could learn a thing or two about

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poise and class.  (insert Cam Newton’s name here).  

Eric’s statistics were truly Heisman class passing for a 67% completion percentage 365 yards and 2 touchdowns and tacking on 12 carries for 48 yards.  These impressive numbers don’t come close to outlining Eric’s worth to the team.  Every time the Orange needed a play Eric took the team and carried them.  Clutch passing, scrambling that would make Donovan McNabb proud and leaping over the pile for a first down or running in a touchdown.  He needs to book his room and flight for a trip to New York this December.

Next helmet sticker goes to Dontae Strickland.  

Although his numbers were not off the chart for the first time in recent memory. Although the read option provided a new threat for the defense to consider and he ended the game with a respectable 80 yards on 25 carries.

And for the second time this year the Defense gets a Otto from me.  

The most impressive defensive stat of the day … Pittsburgh did not convert on third down until halfway through the fourth quarter!  They consistently shutdown the Panthers with the only drive of significance coming with the Orange up by 11 late in the fourth.

No Otto for Dino Babers in this game.  

He came close to earning one but on fourth down with the game still in question a middle screen?!?  I do not have an issue with going for it, except for the fact the Pittsburgh kicker nailed one from 56 yards right before the half and if he kicked a field goal we would have been up by six with less than a minute left and the Panthers without a timeout.

Next: Syracuse Football: 5 questions with Pitt Color Analyst Bill Osborn

But let’s celebrate the win, soon we will be hosting the defending National Champions in the Dome! We’ll have the Play-by-Play Voice for Clemson Don Munson joining us later this week, make sure you check it out! It should be exciting and might just be closer than people think….