Sizing up the good and bad from WVU’s 38-14 loss to Syracuse at Yankee Stadium:

Best signage: Syracuse claims to be “New York’s college team” — it purchased a left-field placard at Yankee Stadium to advertise it. Hard to argue with that slogan after Saturday.

Worst treatment of headsets: Dana Holgorsen spiking his twice after a holding flag negated Andrew Buie’s 28-yard touchdown run.

Best season by a non-Biletnikoff winner: Stedman Bailey’s two touchdown catches gave him 25 this season, only two shy of the NCAA single-season record.

Worst surprise: WVU’s run defense, which hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season, surrendered two Saturday as the Orange’s Prince Tyson-Gulley piled up 208 and Jerome Smith 157.

Best crunch: Blitzing off the edge, Terence Garvin was ignored by Syracuse right tackle Sean Hickey leading to vicious hit that knocked quarterback Ryan Nassib out for a play. “It’s my last game, man, nothing’s going to take me out,” Nassib said.

Worst trajectory on a kick: Tyler Bitancurt’s 36-yard field-goal try officially was “blocked” by Syracuse, when in fact, Bitancurt kicked it into the back of his own lineman.

Best minus-1 yard run: Tavon Austin didn’t produce many highlight moments in his final college game. But he was at his slippery best on a first-quarter reverse where he was wrapped up 10 yards deep in the backfield, somehow escaped, and then made another tackler miss as he raced to the boundary for a short loss.

Worst hands by an All-Big East receiver: Alec Lemon had a certain TD pass bounce off his shoulder pads at the goal line on Syracuse’s first possession.

Worst hands by a linebacker: Garvin dropped a sure-fire pick-six in the fourth quarter.

Best strip: Garvin ripping the ball free from Gulley at the Syracuse 46. Garvin also recovered the ball to complete the play.

Worst understatement: Holgorsen’s postgame assertion that “any time you get out-rushed by 300 yards, you’re going to have some problems.”

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Comments

  • Boog

    Geno tends to be a deer in the headlights when pressured. He does not react to the pass rush well. He may have all measurables but I believe he will not be a success in the NFL

  • WVU1

    This looked like another uninspired performance in a season filled with them. The team did not look interested and was not prepared from the first drive. And the coaching staff continues to be a disappointment. We got less done with more talent than ever before this season. This was just the exclamation point.

  • George

    Allen, WVU was totally flat against Syracuse. It was evident that the only ones playing to win were Geno, Tevon, & Stedman on offense, Garvin, Cook, Joseph, & Bruce on defense.

    I couldn't but wonder if the absence of Madsen didn't have a negative affect on the OL blockimg assignments.

    The lack of support Geno received from the OL and the blocking of his backs truly frustrated him. Mark May for the first time defended Geno tonight. May said that the one thing Geno truly needed to do was to do a better job dealing with frustration. He said Geno had all the skills to be a top NFL QB; that Geno could make all the reads and all the throws of a NFL QB. May was very high on Geno. And I have to agree with May.