With shrinking margin of error against USF, Syracuse football makes too many mistakes in 45-20 loss

first_img Published on September 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Eric Dungey rolled right, targeted Steve Ishmael and threw another low pass. Dungey had completed 65 percent of his passes in the first two games, but on the throw to Ishmael, Deatrick Nichols dove in front of the intended wide receiver and snatched the ball.As Ishmael and Nichols rolled around on the ground, Dungey sprinted over. As the referees decided Nichols had in fact intercepted, Dungey, the quarterback, lingered. Not long after, Dungey left for the Syracuse sideline and fans left the Carrier Dome with 12 and a half minutes left in the contest.The play punctuated a 17-point meltdown of mistakes and brought early finality to a game that started with promise.“It started right after we scored 17, after that field goal,” Dungey said of losing the lead. “We go out there, our expectation is to score every time.”Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost its second straight game of the season on Saturday to South Florida, 45-20. After starting the game on a 17-0 run in the first quarter, the Orange was outscored by USF, 45-3. SU started the game without four starters — center Jason Emerich, safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner and cornerback Juwan Dowels — and ended the game with injuries to three more — defensive tackle Kayton Samuels, safety Daivon Ellison and guard Omari Palmer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE:Gallery: The best sights from Syracuse’s 25-point loss to USFWatch Dino Babers’ South Florida postgame press conferenceSyracuse community reacts on social media to SU’s 45-20 loss With a shrinking roster, Syracuse’s margin to make mistakes has shrunk, too. Dungey, who had thrown just one interception and looked sharp on short and intermediate routes in the first two games, looked worse against South Florida. The Orange’s special teams struggled again, racking up a delay of game penalty, several punts that were nearly blocked and a punt return touchdown allowed.“It’s all part of the game, the turnovers, the injuries, the depth. It’s all part of the game,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “… You’ve gotta find a way to win with the people that we have, with the depth that we have, with the injuries that we have.”Syracuse’s margin of error is almost as slim as the window Dungey had to throw the Orange’s first touchdown into. He slotted the ball into the arms of Ervin Philips with a pass only Philips could catch. The inside receiver ran over the top of the USF defensive back, who didn’t turn his head in time. Dungey perfectly placed a ball low and away from Philips, and he came up with the catch.But Syracuse could only stay perfect for so long.Tony Curtis | Staff PhotographerOn a fourth down at the end of the first quarter, Ishmael had one-on-one coverage. He ran across the middle of the field. The only place to throw the ball was high. Dungey threw a touch pass, but it skidded off Ishmael’s fingertips and hit the turf.The drop led to a second South Florida touchdown in a little more than five minutes. And then another. And another. The four touchdowns allowed USF to make up a 17-point, first-quarter deficit in just 15 minutes.The Bulls finally buried the Orange with a 52-yard Marlon Mack touchdown run around the left side of the offensive line in the third quarter on a 4th-and-1.Mack was untouched.“There was miscommunication on defense. I take responsibility for that because it’s my job to make sure everyone is on the same page,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “When you are playing dynamic players, they are going to make you pay.” Making mistakes will make you pay, too. And they put SU in a hole it couldn’t climb out of. Although it allowed an 83-yard punt return touchdown, it was long past the Orange’s point of competitiveness.By game’s end, no section of the Carrier Dome was even a quarter full. Backup quarterback Zack Mahoney entered for Syracuse. A small USF contingent waved a flag and chanted.As Dino Babers walked out for his postgame press conference, he wore the last two weeks on his face. The injuries, the mistakes, the losses. At times, he looked down, searching for the words to put Saturday’s loss into perspective.“Good football team … talented players … but right now I’ve got a lot of disappointment on my face,” Babers said. “I really thought we could win that game.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories WATCH: Dino Babers’ press conference after 45-20 loss to South FloridaPoll: Grade Syracuse football’s performance in 45-20 loss to South FloridaStorify: Syracuse community reacts to 45-20 loss to USFGallery: Syracuse football blows 17-point lead in loss to South Florida Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dodgers lose to Padres after wasting early scoring opportunities

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I really haven’t kept in touch with with teams outside of us or teams we play,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, unaware that the .230 average across baseball before Monday night was the lowest in history, seven points less than the “Year of the Pitcher” in 1968, and the .311 on-base percentage matched 1972 (the year that gave birth to the DH) for the lowest since ’68.“I think that overall runs per game that we’re one of the leaders in baseball, in the National League, specifically. But, yeah, when you get opportunities that you need a ground ball or a fly ball, we’ve got to cash in. Tonight, I think that Eddie (Rios) had a really good at-bat (with the bases loaded in the fourth inning). We got doubled off, but that could have easily been three runs right there. So it’s baseball. But I still like the intent behind what we’re doing.”Right-hander Luis Perdomo got the start against the Dodgers despite a 1-6 record and 8.08 ERA in 13 previous appearances against them. The Padres’ intent was to use Perdomo as an “opener” hoping to get him through the Dodgers’ order once.He almost got there in the first inning. Joc Pederson drew a walk to start the game. Mookie Betts followed with a single and Pederson came racing home when Cody Bellinger hit a line drive single off the glove of Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.Perdomo’s history against the Dodgers seemed to be playing out again when Justin Turner drove a fly ball to deep center field. But it came down in the glove of Trent Grisham on the warning track. Betts was caught in a rundown between third and home when Max Muncy bounced to Hosmer and Chris Taylor grounded out to end the inning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousDodgers Matt Beaty, #45, snags this pop-up in foul territory by Manny Machado as Dodgers catcher Will Smith, #16, looks on during 6th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #, is safe at second as Padres Jake Cronenworth, #9, can’t make the play on a throwing error by Padres catcher Austen Hedges during 7th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPadres Wil Myers, #4, Jurickson Profar, #10, and Fernando Tatis, #23, celebrate a 2-1 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Max Muncy , #13, tags out Padres Jurickson Profar, #10, at second base on a pick off during 7th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Max Muncy, #13, make the DP at second base as Padres Tommy Pham, #28, makes the slide during 2nd inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, connected for this single during 4th inning action against the Padres at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Padres Eric Hosmer, #30, tags out Dodgers Mookie Betts, #50, at home plate after a run down during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, is hit by pitch from Matt Strahm and takes first base during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Max Muncy, #13, make the DP at second base as Padres Tommy Pham, #28, makes the slide during 2nd inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, connected for this single during 4th inning action against the Padres at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Dustin May, #18, started for the Dodgers against the Padres at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Padres Luis Perdomo, #61, started against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Padres Eric Hosmer, #30, tags out Dodgers Mookie Betts, #50, at home plate after a run down during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, is hit by pitch from Matt Strahm and takes first base during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Padres Eric Hosmer, #30, could not make the play on this line drive by Max Muncy as Justin Turner, #10, advanced to second base during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Matt Beaty, #45, snags this pop-up in foul territory by Manny Machado as Dodgers catcher Will Smith, #16, looks on during 6th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 15Dodgers Matt Beaty, #45, snags this pop-up in foul territory by Manny Machado as Dodgers catcher Will Smith, #16, looks on during 6th inning action at Dodger Stadium Monday, August 10, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Offense is down — way down — all around the major leagues. And the Dodgers are doing their part.The Dodgers scored once in the first inning Monday night but couldn’t do it again, sinking back into the offensive slump that characterized the early innings of their previous two games and losing to the San Diego Padres 2-1 at Dodger Stadium.Over the past seven games, the Dodgers are batting just .189 as a team (42 for 222). Nonetheless, they have managed to win four of those seven games thanks to a more robust average with runners in scoring position — .261 (12 for 46) — and the home run ball. Twenty of their past 26 runs have scored on home runs.That deserted them Monday against the Padres. They had just four singles and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, wasting two prime opportunities to put the Padres on their heels. Perdomo ran for cover and a parade of Padres relievers took it from there.“Those are situations where you need to put up a crooked number,” Roberts said.The Dodgers had another Padres pitcher, Cal Quantrill, on the ropes in the fourth inning. Two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs. But Matt Beaty struck out and Rios lined into a double play.They had another runner in scoring position with one out in the seventh. But Muncy’s infield single in the fourth (one unexpectedly upheld by replay review) was the last of their four hits in the game.The Padres’  hitters didn’t do much to pump up MLB’s offensive numbers. Dodgers starter Dustin May allowed just five hits in six innings. One was a solo home run by Padres catcher Austin Hedges, who came to the plate batting .091 before that fifth-inning drive.Another came after May had walked two in the sixth inning. They were May’s only walks of the night.Roberts stuck with the young right-hander to face the left-handed Hosmer despite having multiple left-handed options in his bullpen. Hosmer stroked a two-out RBI single into left field to put the Padres ahead.“I thought it was a pretty good outing overall They just hit the mistakes when I threw them,” May said.“I was trying to go in again (against Hosmer), kind of like the earlier pitches in the AB, trying to get a swing over on the cutter. But I kind of left it more middle and he got his hands extended to it, punched it over the infield.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

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