AJ Dillon has his way, other fast reactions to Syracuse’s 42-14 loss to Boston College

first_imgWithout its starting quarterback and running back for the second straight game, Syracuse got blown out at home, 42-14, in its final game of the 2017 season. Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast), a bowl-eligible team that had already beaten Preseason Top 25 teams in Louisville and Florida State, beat the Orange (4-8, 2-6) convincingly on Saturday afternoon in front of an announced attendance of 30,302.Here are three quick reactions to the game.No-win NovemberWith the loss, Syracuse fell to 0-8 over the past two Novembers. The Orange has not won a game in the month since beating Boston College two years ago this weekend in former head coach Scott Shafer’s sendoff victory. The Syracuse senior class is the first since 2009 to graduate without appearing in a bowl game, as the Orange lost its final five games of the year. Its last win came in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 13 against then-No. 2 Clemson. Over the final 10 quarters of the 2017 season, SU was outscored 114-29.The AJ Dillon showAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDillon, a 6-foot, 240-pound true freshman running back, proved to be one of Syracuse’s toughest tailbacks faced all year. He entered Saturday averaging 5.1 yards per carry to go along with 10 rushing touchdowns, including four in a 272-yard showing at Louisville. In his last three games, he ran for 149, 196 and 200 yards, respectively. Saturday against the depleted Syracuse defense, he erupted for 193 yards and three touchdowns.In his footstepsSyracuse senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael broke a pair of program records Saturday. First, he snapped Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season receptions record of 94, which Etta-Tawo set a year ago in a rout at Clemson. Then Ishmael, on the final touchdown catch of his college career, broke Marvin Harrison’s career receiving yards record (2,728). Ishmael idolized Harrison as a kid, and he broke his idol’s record in his final game at Syracuse. Ishmael finished the day with 11 catches for 187 yards. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

WE NEED A CO-ORDINATED APPROACH TO TACKLE CRIME IN DONEGAL – BROGAN

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Ciaran Brogan has met with leading Gardai to again express the concerns of local people about continuing crime across the county.Ciaran BroganCllr Brogan impressed upon the Garda representative the need to continue to hold and increase Garda manpower in Donegal.But he said that we must all play our part to ensure that such events as the robbery of a shop in Letterkenny and a knife attack on a business owner do not happen again. This is his report.“As part of an ongoing series of such meetings, I met this week with the Garda Superintendent, Michael Finnan, to again highlight the concerns of local communities and businesses in relation to the levels of crime and the fear that it is generating.“We have had a number of incidents in the Letterkenny area in recent days, including one where a knife was held to the face of an employee of a local takeaway, a terrifying ordeal for the individual involved. Each of these incidents only serves to show what we are dealing with and why it is vital that Garda resources are increased.“I strongly believe that we need a coordinated approach involving the Garda, public representatives, and local communities in the fight against crime. The strongest of messages must be sent out to the criminals that we won’t be found wanting when it comes to fighting back against their illegal activities. “To aid that fight we need adequate Garda resources and that’s a point I strongly reinforced to the Superintendent yesterday.“I am also calling on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to recognise that Donegal is a border county and therefore requires all the resources it can get.“In addition, I mentioned the Garda Station in Ramelton, the largest town in the local Electoral Area outside Letterkenny. The closure of rural Garda Stations has, quite obviously, played into the hands of the criminal elements. As far as Ramelton is concerned, I am urging that the station there be fully manned – a permanent Garda presence so we can bring the fight to those responsible for crime. I would call on local Minister, Joe McHugh, to use his influence with Minister Fitzgerald, to ensure this becomes a reality and to push the Government into making sure we have the adequate Garda resources in place.“The presence of two Community Gardai in Letterkenny is to be welcomed as is the setting up of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. There are a huge number of Residents Associations in the Letterkenny area and I would ask them to be more pro-active in establishing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in their areas. Again that will send out a strong message to the criminals that communities aren’t going to sit back and accept the current levels of crime.“One of the big issues is that of drugs and while the Gardai may believe they have been to the forefront in cutting down the supplies of the likes of cocaine and heroin, I am convinced this is still a growing problem and one that needs to be tackled head on. Without the proper number of Garda reinforcements, it’s a fight we, as a community, cannot possibly win and that goes for all criminal activity including the problem of counterfeit cigarettes which has been in the headlines again recently. “Let us, as public representatives and members of the community, work together with the Garda Siochana in reducing crime levels but the Government must do its part and take the blinkers off and face up to the fact that crime doesn’t just arrive for an annual holiday and go away again – it’s here all year round and we’ll continue to pay the price unless the resources are provided to fight it.”WE NEED A CO-ORDINATED APPROACH TO TACKLE CRIME IN DONEGAL – BROGAN was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Ciaran Brogancrimedonegallast_img read more