West proves reliable deep-ball threat for Syracuse passing game in loss to Notre Dame

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It wasn’t quite the connection Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had with wide receiver Will Fuller, but Terrel Hunt and Jarrod West were on the same page, too.Trailing for all but about 15 minutes of the game against Notre Dame, Syracuse had to drop the running game and attack the Fighting Irish through the air. If there were any positives from Hunt’s outing against Maryland on Sept. 20, it was the rapport he’s continuing to develop with West. The same could be said of SU’s 31-15 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.West became the 11th receiver in program history with 100 career receptions and eclipsed 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time in his career.He finished with a career-high eight catches for 103 yards — no other Syracuse receiver logged more than 58 — after having just three receptions for 9 yards at halftime.“I’m not a selfish player, so it’s not frustrating,” West said of not getting involved until late in the game. “I just try to go out and whatever comes my way, I try to make my plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn SU’s first play of the second half, Hunt found West for a gain of 33. That moved the Orange into UND territory before Hunt threw a drive-killing interception four plays later.Late in the third quarter, Hunt dropped in a well-placed pass for West, who brought it in for a gain of 28 and again moved Syracuse past midfield. The senior wideout added a 19-yard reception in the fourth quarter to convert a third down and set SU up in the red zone.“They did a great job of slowing down the run and making us pass,” West said.Against the Terrapins on Sept. 20, West recorded 74 receiving yards, the bulk of which came on a 51-yard reception down the left sideline.As Syracuse looks to rebound from an off performance in the running game, the offense can only benefit from Hunt and West stretching out defenses and taking what it’s given.“Jarrod’s becoming a big-play threat down the field and it’s very encouraging to see,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “It’s good to have a vertical passing game working like that. It helps out the running game a lot.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stoke 0 – 2 Man Utd

first_imgManchester United moved to within seven points of securing a 20th league title with a routine win that pushed Stoke further towards the relegation zone.Robin van Persie made sure of the points with a second-half penalty that ended a run of 10 games without a goal.That came after Michael Carrick had given United the perfect start, prodding home from a scrappy corner.The result leaves Stoke only three points above the bottom three, having won two of the last 17 league matches.This was a performance and victory typical of United’s season, one that owed more to perspiration than inspiration, to substance rather than style. With it, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side one again open up a 15-point gap at the top of the Premier League.Stoke, however, are dropping like a stone. One victory in their past 14 matches, one clean sheet in 15 league games, one point from seven matches – the statistics read like relegation form for Tony Pulis’s men. And while a defeat by United may not decide their fate, crucial matches against Queens Park Rangers, Norwich and Sunderland in the weeks ahead, almost certainly will.Ferguson took nothing for granted, however. Consecutive defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea had hurt, but from the moment Carrick put United ahead there was never a chance of the champions elect losing a third successive match for the first time since May 2001. United’s attacking line-up bristled with attacking menace – Shinji Kagawa provided the vision, Wayne Rooney the craft from deep and Van Persie the quick feet and eye for goal.Yet, when the opening goal did come, it was from an altogether more straightforward source, as Carrick toe-poked a low shot into the bottom corner after Van Persie’s right-wing corner had been helped on by Phil Jones.It was United’s 100th goal of the season it seemed the 101st would follow soon after, as Rooney stung Asmir Begovic’s palms with a rasping drive and then fizzed a free-kick just wide of Begovic’s right-hand post as half-time approached. But Stoke tackled, battled, denied space – Robert Huth heading a free-kick a yard wide and Kenwyne Jones making a nuisance of himself. The work-rate was admirable too, City players often doubling up on United’s main threats like Kagawa, while Van Persie found he had unwelcome, unstinting company. Jonathan Walters scooped his shot over early in the second half, United goalkeeper David de Gea held a drilled effort from Charlie Adam before Jones rifled another effort over, but United weathered the storm. Van Persie found space to collect Hernandez’s clever pass, only to steer his shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.If that was a warning shot, the decisive strike came soon after. Once again Van Persie found space, he bedazzled Andy Wilkinson by cutting in, feinting and twitching his way into the box, where he was brought down by the Stoke defender for a clear penalty.The wind blew the ball off the spot as Van Persie stepped up to end his 751-minute goal drought, but the Dutchman would not be denied, tucking his shot low beyond Begovic’s left-hand and into the corner of the net. He ran to Ferguson on the touchline, where the pair embraced knowing the league title is almost United’s.last_img read more