It only took back-to-back completions for Everett Golson to change the course of the game and show that he belongs in pro stadiums.
Golson’s two second quarter touchdown passes to William Fuller stifled a Syracuse defense that had shut him out up to that point in the game. His precise passing attack propelled No. 8 Notre Dame (4-0) to a 31-15 win over the Orange (2-2) in MetLife Stadium and allowed the Irish to withstand a five turnover performance. It’s the first time the Irish have started the season by scoring at least 30 points in all four games since 1943.
Notre Dame’s perfect red zone play this season explains why the Irish have started the season 3-0. Syracuse’s struggles in that department explain why the Orange has not.
SU was hoping for an undefeated matchup at MetLife on Saturday night, but a series of miscues and mistakes cost Syracuse in its 34-20 loss last week. Instead, the Orange gets a chance at redemption when it takes on No. 8 Notre Dame at 8 p.m.
A national audience will be watching when Syracuse takes on Notre Dame on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. And Dontae Strickland, the highest rated player in Syracuse’s incoming freshman class, will be watching as well.
Syracuse’s journey to New Jersey won’t only be a business trip, but a recruiting one, too. Strickland, a South Brunswick, N.J. native, will be at the game along with several other players Syracuse is targeting.
Terrel Hunt’s two turnovers – a red zone interception and a late fumble – turned into ten Maryland Terrapin points. Syracuse accumulated 589 yards of offense, but a series of blunders - penalties, dropped interceptions and errant throws - prevented the Orange from going 3-0 for the first time in 23 years.
The Orange (2-1) lost 34-20 in an underwhelming home performance on Saturday.