Syracuse football struggles to protect quarterback Zack Mahoney in 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State

first_img Published on November 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus As Zack Mahoney pulled himself off the ground, the few Syracuse fans that were left in the Carrier Dome began to boo.Mahoney had just been flattened to the turf between Florida State defensive ends DeMarcus Walker and Brian Burns on fourth down. The two raced around the edges of the Orange’s porous offensive line to complete FSU’s eighth sack of the game and end an SU drive on downs that started at the Seminoles own 49.“Pressured our quarterback,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Overpowered our offensive line.”Against one of the best defensive fronts in the country, Syracuse’s inexperienced and patchwork offensive line crumbled. The result was eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one recorded quarterback hurry — though it seemed like more — and just 37 rushing yards. Mahoney struggled under pressure, throwing two interceptions and completing just 44.4 percent of his passes in Syracuse’s (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State (8-3, 5-3).Syracuse punted on six of its first eight drives. The only two it didn’t punt ended with interceptions. Mahoney was sacked on three of SU’s first five third downs, ending those drives.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Brisly Estime returned punts to FSU’s 39 and midfield, respectively, the offense could do nothing with it, managing minus-seven yards.On the first drive, Jamar McGloster got beat around the edge and Mahoney was sacked without a chance to even look downfield. McGloster lifted his QB up by his left shoulder pad. The next play, Mahoney had to spike a screen pass into the turf before getting hit.Estime walked off the field with his head down. Receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had his hands at his side. The only SU player to not look dejected was the usually upbeat Steve Ishmael, who had just played his first series in two weeks because of injury.McGloster was not available to the media after the game.The next drive, Mahoney got walloped from on third down.“From an offensive standpoint we really couldn’t support the defense and the special teams and the things that they were doing,” Babers said. “A lot of old guys against a lot of young guys. But we’re gonna keep our heads up.”Between series, center Jason Emerich, who was the starter at the beginning of the year before suffering a season-ending injury, got in the faces of the offensive linemen. He yelled directions at them and demonstrated stances. By the fourth quarter, he gave up.“I thought our offensive line held up pretty well today, but I missed a lot of reads and a lot of throws,” Mahoney said.But the reality was, he hardly had time to do either.“It’s a different game when a quarterback is getting hit a lot,” Babers said. “They’re not supposed to get hit a lot. I think Zack is doing a nice job for us. We have to find a way to do more to help him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgAnti-austerity campaigners in Donegal are targeting post-offices to stop people signing up to pay the €100 household charge.More than 50 pensioners were persuaded not to sign up to the charge at Ramelton Post Office.The pensioners were approached by members of the local ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ group who specifically targeted the outlets where people can pay before the march 31st deadline. Local organiser John Duffy said the group is winning lots of small victories against the Government’s planned tax.“We are winning small victories all over this county. We spent all of last Friday at the local post office here in Ramelton.“A total of 52 pensioners signed our petition and have said they will refuse to pay. Only a couple of people said they would pay,” he revealed.The group yesterday upped their campaign and placed placards in both Irish and English across the county. In Ramelton, protesters unveiled a float ridiculing the Government’s policy.It featured Taoiseach Enda Kenny dressed as a German gunner with the slogan ‘From Septic Tank to German Tank and we have Kenny to Thank’.Another part features a man going to the loo behind a tree, with the words ‘Stay Bill Free, Go Behind A Tree.”Mr Duffy added the various new charges would drive tourists out of a county which badly needs them.“Because it was a Bank Holiday weekend we obviously spoke to many people from the North who have already been whacked with a second house charge and now face more household and septic tank charges. “This will drive tourists away and will certainly reduce the spending power of those who have holiday homes in Co Donegal and other counties.“The Government are trying all sorts of bully-boy tactics to get people to register but once the registration goes through we will all be paying a lot more next year.”He added: “I’ll go to jail before I pay any of these charges and there’s a lot more like me.”CAMPAIGNERS TARGETING PENSIONERS AT POST OFFICES IN HOUSEHOLD CHARGE BATTLE was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t Paydonegalpensionerspost officeslast_img read more

New condo hotel concept nearing approval north of Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A new hotel is in its final stages of being granted permission to build an all-inclusive concept north of Playa del Carmen.Once the hotel is granted its Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), the project, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, says they will begin construction in 2018. The final approval by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) will see the construction of a new 150-room hotel just north of Playa del Carmen.The hotel, which has been trying to gain building approval since 2015, is hoping to build a luxury complex that will include both hotel rooms and residential suites. The complex will be divided into two buildings, one beach front and the other, jungle views.Photo: Riviera Maya Garza Blanca ResortThe beach complex will be a condo hotel concept with 126 rooms divided into two buildings of eight levels. The balance of the rooms will offer a jungle view. The grounds will offer restaurants, bars and outdoor amenities such as swimming pools, a Mayan spa and green areas.The total investment is around $66 million USD and will be constructed across approximately 15 hectares of beachfront land.According to the company, they are “Currently in the advanced planning stages, construction of Garza Blanca Riviera Maya is due to start in the 4th quarter of 2018 on an exclusive part of the Caribbean coastline between Playa del Carmen and Cancun in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.“The site for the Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya is in a privileged location just 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen and about 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport.”Garza Blanca Resort has one hotel in Puerto Vallarta. Their website says “coming soon” for new hotels in Riviera Maya and Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more