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A NEW ERA: Syracuse holds off Kansas State to win first bowl game since 2001

first_img Published on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments NEW YORK — Nathaniel Hackett saw something click in Marcus Sales four weeks ago in practice. Something changed, in his work ethic and preparation.And when he saw Sales standing in the end zone for the third time on the day, with 7:53 remaining, it was clear something did click. After a season in which the junior wide receiver scored just one touchdown, Sales tripled his scoring output in one game.‘It feels real good,’ Sales said. ‘Finally, I got a chance and I just made the plays when they counted.’Behind a strong rushing attack led by Delone Carter and a big-play passing attack led by Sales, the offensive play-caller Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone’s offense opened up Thursday. In a wild inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium in front of 38,274, Syracuse (8-5, 4-3 Big East) was able to keep up and win a 36-34 shootout over Kansas State (7-6, 3-5 Big 12).The win gave SU its first bowl victory since the 2001 Insight.com Bowl — also against Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They made a young kid from the Bronx’s dream come true,’ Marrone said of his players while accepting the Pinstripe Bowl trophy. ‘And win this trophy at Yankee Stadium!’The Orange defense bent but did not break late in the fourth quarter, which sealed the victory. With 1:13 remaining, KSU quarterback Carson Coffman tossed a 30-yard touchdown strike to Adrian Hilburn, who flashed a celebratory salute after scoring. The officials issued a personal foul for excessive celebration. Down by two, the Wildcats couldn’t convert the two-point conversion from 18 yards out.When asked about the penalty after the game, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder paused four seconds before saying, ‘I can’t comment on that.’Though the Syracuse defense ultimately preserved the win, it was the SU’s offense that uncharacteristically brought the team to that point.Carter and the combination of quarterback Ryan Nassib and Sales carried Syracuse throughout the game. Twenty-seven carries, a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns for the senior running back Carter in his swan song for the Orange.Five catches, 172 yards and three touchdowns all added up to a career game for the once-forgotten Sales. Nassib was happy to feed him the ball, as 172 of Nassib’s 239 passing yards and all three of his touchdowns went to Sales.Marrone singled Sales out in Wednesday’s pre-Pinstripe Bowl meeting with his team, reflecting upon the progress he saw in Sales.‘I pointed out Marcus Sales and how well he’s worked and the practices he’s had,’ Marrone said of that meeting. ‘And he came out and had a big game.’An SU offense that had only one play go more than 50 yards all year long would double that total Thursday.The first of those plays that came late in the first quarter. The Orange marched close to the 50-yard line, Hackett’s target point to open up the offense. And as Hackett looked at the KSU coverage, he knew the safety would bite.So as Antwon Bailey ran up the middle for what looked like a simple, straight-ahead running play, Hackett broke out the trickery. Bailey flung the ball back to Nassib on a flea flicker, and Nassib hung a perfect spiraling throw 52 yards to Sales to tie the game at 7-7.‘We practiced it all week,’ Sales said. ‘I knew it had a chance to come to me when the safety came down. So I just put my head down and ran, and looked for the ball when it came. And I caught it.’Behind another long Sales touchdown catch — this time from 36 yards out — SU went into the half tied at 14-14. The second half quickly turned into a shootout, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading offensive blows. Carter barreled in for two touchdowns, but the Wildcats answered with two touchdown scores of their own.The Orange found itself trailing by a point with 11 minutes left when Sales’ number was called again on the game-changing drive. First, he caught a crucial 18-yard pass to extend Syracuse’s drive on third down.And his second act came with the Orange on the KSU 44-yard line. Sales’ defender slipped, setting him wide open down the field, and Nassib found him again for the long touchdown score that gave SU the lead for good.The receiver who wasn’t on the depth chart at the beginning of SU’s season carried the team and program to its biggest victory in a decade.Flashing an uncharacteristic grin that was reminiscent of the boy from the Bronx, Marrone thought it was a fitting resemblance for where his program has come in just two short years.‘It’s about creating challenges and goals for your players,’ Marrone said. ‘And they responded.’bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fake Super Bowl 53 prop bets that should be real (but are not)

first_imgThere’s something for everyone when it comes to the Super Bowl. Parties, food, commercials, halftime show, the actual game itself (if you’re into that sort of thing) — all great. But nothing makes you feel like part of the action quite like having some action on the game.Whether it’s a Super Bowl squares pool, a straight moneyline bet on the winner, a complicated and ridiculous parlay, or a random prop bet on whether JoJo Natson Jr. will score the final touchdown of the game (100-to-1 odds, if you’re curious), gambling is what really makes the Super Bowl the biggest sporting event of the year. You can bet on just about anything regarding the Super Bowl, but what if you could really bet on anything? Below we list our favorite made-up prop bets we’d like to see for Super Bowl 53.REAL SUPER BOWL PROP BETS:National anthem, halftime, coin toss, more(Completely made-up) Super Bowl 53 prop betsTimes Tony Romo correctly predicts the next play  — Over 4.5: -200 — Under 4.5: +130Times Tony Romo says “Here we go!” like a giddy 8-year-old — Over 2.5: -110 — Under 2.5: +110Times the word “dynasty” is said by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo — Over 1.5: +150 — Under 1.5: -110If the Rams win, will Jim Nantz say: “Donald trumps Brady!”? — Yes: 2/1 — No: 5/1If the Patriots win, will Jim Nantz say: “Lord of the rings, Brady flexes six appeal!”? — Yes: 20000/1 — No: -10000Commercials during the game that are actually good— Over 0.5: +800 — Under 0.5: -750MORE SUPER BOWL 53:Odds, line, predictions from SN expertsWhich will be more?— People disappointed by the commercials: +150 — People disappointed by the halftime show: +250 — People equally disappointed in both: EvenWhich will be more?— References to Tom Brady’s age: +150 — References to Sean McVay’s age: -200Which will be more?— References to Spygate: Even — References to Deflategate: +200 — References to the Philly Special: +250 — References to the Helmet Catch: +300 — References to anything Rams related (not including Spygate): +500Where will Super Bowl TV ratings be higher?— St. Louis: +150 — New Orleans: +250 — No one will watch in either city: Even Color of Bill Belichick’s hoodie— Navy: 2/1 — Grey: 5/2 — Red: 50/1 — Pink: 100/1 — He won’t wear a hoodie: 150/1Best way to describe condition of Bill Belichick’s hoodie sleeves— Frayed/tattered: 2/1 — Hemmed/clean-cut: 10/1 — Fringed/tasseled: 15/1 — Uncut short-sleeved: 18/1 — Uncut long-sleeved: 20/1Will Robert Kraft wear a blue shirt with a white color and cuffs?— Yes: -2000 — No: +1100Which will be more?— Julian Edelman pass attempts: +300 — Johnny Hekker pass attempts: -110Which will be more? — James Develin and Rex Burkhead touchdowns: +150 — Todd Gurley touchdowns: -200Number of objectively bad calls by the officials— Over 3.5: -1500 — Under 3.5: +2500MORE: Top 10 Super Bowls of all timeFirst Patriot to retire immediately after the game— Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Tom Brady: 35/1 — Bill Belichick: 50/1 — Field: 5/1 — No player/coach retires: -1000First Rams player to be ejected— Marcus Peters: 10/1 — Ndamukong Suh: 12/1 — Aqib Talib: 15/1 — Field: 3/1 — No player ejected: -500center_img Surprise player Bill Belichick will bench like Malcolm Butler last year— Malcolm Brown: 8/1 — Adam Butler: 8/1 — Devin McCourty: 10/1 — Jason McCourty: 11/1 — Sony Michel: 15/1 — Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Julian Edelman: 35/1 — Matthew Slater: 50/1 — Tom Brady: 100/1 — Field: -110Time in seconds it will take for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former player to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -110 — Under 60: +300Time in minutes it will feel like it takes for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -300 — Under 60: +200last_img read more