Syracuse football loses to Florida State 45-14 (Brent Axe recap … – Syracuse.com
Dalvin Cook’s mastery of the Syracuse defense only shined a brighter spotlight on a glaring hole in Dino Babers’ #OrangeIsTheNewFast approach: The Syracuse offense is at critically low levels in trying to run the ball.
Syracuse, ranked 117th in the country running the football, rushed for just 37 yards against Florida State. That comes after a 28-yard output a week ago against N.C. State, Syracuse’s worst since 2007. Cook had four rushing touchdowns against Syracuse in one day. The Orange has four rushing touchdowns from the running back position for the entire 2016 season.
Babers’ offense puts a focus on throwing the ball and he is missing his starting quarterback (who happens to be the team’s second-leading rusher). That said, the school that handed out a bobblehead doll of Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little on Saturday cannot completely abandon the concept of running the ball.
Finding a way to revive it has to be a high priority for Babers in the offseason.