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: jrmettus@syr.edu | @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

Ighalo, Ideye Score as Eagles Beat Akwa Utd 3-0

first_imgAn impressive crowd turned up at the equally impressive Akwa Ibom International Stadium to watch the Eagles in action with youngster Victor Osimhen, goalkeeper Ikechuwu Ezenwa and Shehu Abdullahi seeing action, while the likes of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho were rested.The Eagles under new coach Gernot Rohr won thanks to first half goals by Brown Ideye and Nosa Igiebor with Watford striker Odion Ighalo wrapping up the win after the interval.Franco-German Rohr insisted on the game to ascertain the match fitness of his call-ups for the AFCON dead rubber which will serve as a dress rehearsal for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 3 in Zambia.Nigeria will then welcome Algeria in another Russia 2018 showdown in November.Meanwhile, in a mark of solidarity, the Akwa Ibom State Government has declared the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between Nigeria and Tanzania scheduled for the Ibom International Stadium on Saturday free for football enthusiast to watch.The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Monday Ukoh, said yesterday that the government decided to throw the gate open for fans to cheer the Super Eagles to victory.According to him, the gesture would attract more fans to watch the Eagles and to ensure the 30,000 capacity Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo is filled during the encounter.It is new Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr’s first competitive test on the Nigerian job. He is hoping to use it to test players ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in October.The state government, the commissioner said was not unaware of the economic challenges facing many Nigerians especially youths, hence the need to assist them with free tickets to watch the game.Football fans in the state have called on the state government not to politicise the tickets as such actions in the past have denied genuine football fans in the area of watching the Super EaglesAccording to one of the fans, Abasiama James, the free tickets by the state government is commendable but it should be made available to everybody on first come first serve basis.“Nice one, but the tickets should be made available for everybody; they should notpoliticize it as usual.“It is not a political event, it’s a football match of the national team not a political party team, so the idea where only political groups are given the tickets should be stop.” he declared.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD NIGERIA VS TANZANIA Akwa Ibom Govt throws gates open to fans to come cheer EaglesOkon Bassey in UyoSuper Eagles wednesday defeated Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club side, Akwa United FC, 3-0 in a test game ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania also in Uyo.last_img read more

Sports Ministry Throws Open Four Delhi Stadia Free of Cost to Federations, Athletes

first_img badmintonFootball DelhiIndira Gandhi stadiumJawaharlal Nehru stadium First Published: October 13, 2019, 2:52 PM IST New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Sports Ministry has decided to provide access to four of its sporting infrastructure, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting range, free of cost to federations and athletes from November 1.The decision was made in an effort to promote the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country, the ministry said in a statement. The first phase will see stadiums in the capital, including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN), Indira Gandhi Stadium (IG), Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range being opened for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines.Each stadium has been earmarked for a specific sport. JLN will host football leagues, training and competitions organised by federations, while IG stadium will be earmarked for wrestling, boxing, judo and badminton. Shooting competitions will be hosted at KSSR and hockey and swimming at National Stadium.Talking about the move, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the government is trying its best to provide aspiring athletes with enough playfields to children and those interested in fitness and sports.”The Ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructure of the country, and needs to be utilised for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country,” Rijiju said.”The intention of the ministry is to increase use of existing sports infrastructure by 3 times in the next 3 months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness, but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sport and help us identify more talent for the country,” he added.However according to a ministry source, the electricity charges will have to be borne by the federations as per usage.”But in case the competition is of national level, Sports Authority of India may bear that cost on case-to-case basis,” the source said.The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadia without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her tutelage.Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1 and the coach can charge a reasonable training fee from his or her trainees.Youngsters, who aren’t training for any sport professionally, will also have access to these stadia and can play a game of their choice by advance online booking against available slots.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Hockey India have already charted out a roadmap for conducting a number of leagues and competitions in the next three months, the statement said.The first league in the calendar is the Khelo India Golden League, underway at JLN, which will see football being played by U-7, U-9 and U-11 boys and girls.”This step taken by the Sports Ministry will help popularise the game of football in the Delhi-NCR region in a big way. We are starting with the Khelo India Golden League, and will soon be hosting the Khelo India Group A and Group B division leagues for clubs in Delhi,” said Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Football Delhi .”We would further initiate a holistic coaching programme for children in the age group of five years and above at JLN in which, over the next three months, we expect more than 400 youngsters to participate,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more