With a rookie head coach on any level comes on-the-job training, even for a nuance as small as changing communication location from high atop the field as a defensive coordinator, to roaming up and down the sideline as the boss.
Even following a sour-tasting, six point loss in a game in which his squad had a shot to win, there was a lot to like about Syracuse coach Scott Shafer’s initial postgame reactions, coming from a man who wears his emotions not just on his sleeve, but on his entire body.
The football team is not the basketball team and MetLife Stadium is not Madison Square Garden. I understand tradition is built over time but the Syracuse football program is not in any position to be playing one of its home games away from the Dome.
Is Drew Allen the guy? Will he lead the Orange under center this season? He didn’t give us the performance many fans hoped for. He had some good moments but he also had some awful ones, including two second-half interceptions.
As should have been expected, Scott Shafer’s defense was well ahead of his team’s offense, allowing Syracuse to stay close, but ultimately lose their season opener to Penn State in East Rutherford, NJ, 23-17.
Penn State rookie QB Christian Hackenberg out-did Orange newcomer Drew Allen as the Nittany Lions pulled away with two long TD passes in the second half to hand SU boss Scott Shafer a defeat in his debut game as a head coach.
In his first season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Bill O’Brien got the most he could out of Matt McGloin. In his senior season, he threw for 3271 yards and 24 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 137.7.