Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws In a game of wasted offensive chances caused by poor special teams play on both sides, USC turned in a superb game on defense and did just enough on offense to claim its third victory of the season in a sloppy 17-14 win over visiting Utah State.Doing their part · The USC defense, led by redshirt junior linebacker and team captain Hayes Pullard (10), continues its stellar start to the season. Against Utah State, Pullard had five tackles and two pass breakups. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanA slew of penalties and missed opportunities prevented the Trojans (3-1) from turning the game into a rout in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies (2-2) hung around through the final minutes until USC’s defense punctured Utah State’s upset hopes by stopping quarterback Chuckie Keeton on a fourth-down scramble.“We wanted to keep [Keeton] in front of us and not let him get to the sidelines,” freshman safety Su’a Cravens said. “When I saw [Keeton] go down, I was thinking, ‘That’s exactly how we planned it.’”SCORING SUMMARYUSC opened up the scoring on its second drive of the game with a 1-yard run from redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden. Later in the second quarter, after a 55-yard scamper from Utah State tailback Joey DeMartino brought the ball to the USC 8-yard line, Keeton completed a slant route to a leaping Brandon Swindall to knot the score at seven apiece.The teams then traded three-and-outs before USC used its grinding, two-back system to temporarily open up the passing game for redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler. Seven consecutive runs — four from Madden, three from freshman tailback Justin Davis — preceded a third-down conversion from junior wide receiver Marqise Lee and a 30-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble, who sailed undetected past Utah State’s safeties on a picturesque seam route down the middle to give USC a 14-7 advantage.After halftime, the Aggies showcased the explosiveness that USC head coach Lane Kiffin had been wary of in practice all week. A nine play, 72-yard drive took just 3:23 off the clock and deadlocked the score at 14 midway through the third quarter, the first time USC had given up any points in the third quarter this year.But after that, USC’s defense held Utah State in check through the end of the game, and junior kicker Andre Heidari provided the game-winning points for USC via a 25-yard field goal with 13:35 remaining.NOT SO SPECIAL TEAMSOutside of redshirt sophomore punter Kris Albarado, who pinned the Aggies inside their 20-yard line five times, the play of USC’s special teams was certainly not a strength. Heidari missed a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter, and the return teams failed to engineer any game-breaking plays.But special teams were undoubtedly a larger issue for the Aggies. Utah State kicker Nick Diaz clanked a 37-yard field goal attempt off the right upright in the first quarter to keep the Aggies from cutting into USC’s 7-0 lead, marking the fourth consecutive game that the USC defense held its opponents scoreless in the opening quarter.The Aggies also averaged just 34 yards per punt, including a botched 12-yard punt that gifted the Trojans great field position at Utah State’s 24-yard line as the clock turned into the fourth quarter.USC seemed poised to put a touchdown on the board after a run by Madden and a reception by Grimble gave the Trojans a first-and-goal opportunity at the Aggies’ 8-yard line. But the Trojans only came away with Heidari’s field goal that edged the score to 17-14.OFF DAY FOR OFFENSEThe USC rushing attack led by Madden and Davis, which averaged 196 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry before Saturday, could only muster 118 rushing yards and 3.0 yards per carry against the Aggies. Madden finished with 93 yards on 24 carries, snapping his streak of three games with 100-plus rushing yards.Kessler was 13-of-26 for 164 yards and one touchdown, and also fumbled shortly before halftime to deny the Trojans a chance to build up a multiple-possession lead.The Trojans were held out of the end zone in the second half after Utah State repeatedly put eight men in the box in an attempt to stifle USC’s running game.The scheme change left Lee and sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor outside with man-to-man coverage, a seemingly favorable position for the Trojans, but they failed to capitalize.“There was a number of explosive plays in the passing game against their corners that we weren’t able to hit which would’ve dramatically changed the outcome of the game,” Kiffin said.Lee let several deep balls slip through his hands and Kessler was off-target on a couple of long attempts to keep the Trojans from blowing the game open.“I missed some throws and we dropped some balls and had some protection issues,” Kessler said. “Obviously, there is some stuff we missed and wished we had back.”A particularly frustrating sequence for the Trojans saw them start three consecutive drives within Utah State’s 35-yard line, golden opportunities for USC to put the game away, only to score three total points.“Obviously we would’ve liked to finish better offensively in the second half,” Kiffin said. “I did feel there was a rhythm early in the first half, and for whatever reason in the second half we weren’t able to establish that. Our defense kept getting us great field position and unfortunately we weren’t able to blow the game out at that point.”DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPEKeeton was largely kept in check despite occasionally flashing the dual-threat skills that had caused some minimal Heisman whispers. The senior finished 21-of-39 for 179 yards and two touchdowns, and was held to -15 rushing yards on 12 attempts.“That’s just all the schemes with [defensive coordinator Clancy] Pendergast. He sets us up every week to play perfect,” redshirt junior defensive end George Uko said. “We had a good plan going the whole week with [defensive line coach Ed Orgeron] for inside tackles to push rush and outside people to align wide and just angle in and rush tight to keep [Keeton] in a tight box.”Utah State had averaged 49.3 points, 550.3 yards and 29 first downs in its first three games, but the Trojans held them to just 14 points, 285 yards and 13 first downs. USC sacked Keeton four times and had 10 tackles for loss on the day.
3. Babers will finally get to meet with his team during fall campUnlike in years past, the addition of satellite camps sapped time from Babers to get to know his players. Babers attended camps in Cleveland, Norfolk, Virginia, Ontario, Canada, and Paramus New Jersey.“That took a lot of time away from them,” Babers said.He was also on the road fundraising with Syracuse’s “No Huddle Tour” in June.Saturday will be the team’s first practice since the spring season. Despite Babers not getting to see his players as much as he’d like, the SU head coach said players look stronger now than they did in the spring but still have room to grow.The post-spring depth chart, which is the most current depth chart released was based on 10 padded practices from the spring. Babers said part of the reason starters haven’t been named at some positions is because the staff has seen its team so few times. And because the staff is new, Babers knows they’re “behind.”“But that’s OK,” he followed up. “People have been ran down from behind before.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse football preseason player file No. 1: Eric DungeySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 1: Backup quarterbackSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 1: How Syracuse adapts to Dino Babers’ spread offenseSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 2: Defensive endSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 3: Michael Lasker vs. Cody Conway Published on August 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus 2. Syracuse will hit as necessaryTo keep his team healthy, Babers said the Orange will hit on an as-needed basis. The amount of hitting in practice will depend on how proficient the team is. He will limit specific players’ amount of hitting, too, if they need less practice.“It’s all based on what we see,” Babers said. “When you have two boxers and you’re training one and the one that you’re training is a fantastic hitter — he can strike things, he can hit things and crush things that he hits. He doesn’t have to practice doing that much.“If we’ve got a team full of hitters, you don’t have to hit that much. They know what they’re doing. If you don’t have a team full of hitters, you better practice hitting. Because if you don’t hit in this game you won’t have a chance to win.”MORE PRESEASON STORYLINES:Storyline No. 1: How will SU adjust to Dino Babers’ offense?Storyline No. 2: Who will step up at defensive end?Storyline No. 3: Can Eric Dungey stay in the pocket? Syracuse football held its first fall camp media availability in Manley Field House on Friday ahead of the team’s first practice on Saturday. Head coach Dino Babers, linebacker Zaire Franklin, center Jason Emerich and other players spoke to the media.Here are three things Babers said.1. Michael Moore and James Pierre have not reported for fall campCommits Michael Moore and James Pierre have not reported to SU’s preseason training camp because of eligibility. Pierre is waiting for “certification” from the NCAA and Moore is waiting for “certification” from SU, Babers said.Moore, a 6-foot-2 cornerback, is transferring from Palomar (California) College. Pierre, a safety, was originally signed to North Carolina but had to decommit after UNC would not admit him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColorado graduate transfer defensive end De’Jon Wilson did report to camp despite not being listed on the roster. Facebook Twitter Google+
The Swiss has been a big boost to ANWFCC and of the view that there is an overflow of women football talents, which, if well managed by the NFF, will rub shoulders with countries like Sweden, United States of America, China and his native Switzerland.Kraimer appealed to the NFF to not only organise a credible women football league but support ANWFCC when the next All- Stars Carnival hold next year. Renowned Swiss born women football promoter and Acting President of Amalgamation of Nigeria Women Football Club Coaches (ANWFCC), Hans Kraimer, believes Nigeria would constantly rule women football world if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), is alive to her responsibility.As ANWFCC Exco met in Lagos to plan for the 20th All Stars Women Football Carnival, Kraimer was emphatic that Nigeria should not be struggling to appear in global championships if the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF monitor their preseason championship and midwife the talented footballers being discovered. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In a ‘multiyear partnership’, esports tournament and league organiser ESEN eSports has announced a deal with Sportradar to ‘collect and distribute audio-visual and data content across competitions’.Joakim Stenberg, ESEN eSportsThis includes the CS:GO King of Nordic tournament. Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, which analyses betting patterns from more than 600 operators globally, will also be used to monitor all these competitions with the aim being to identify instances of match-fixing. Sportradar will be the exclusive worldwide provider of betting audio-visual streams and transmissions for matches played within ESEN eSports competitions. Sportradar, which operates across numerous sports and is partnered with the likes of the NHL, NFL, the NBA, FIFA and plenty more, will also distribute all the official data from the tournament organiser’s competitions. ESEN eSports CEO Joakim Stenberg had this to say on the matter: “By establishing this partnership with Sportradar, we have established developed a new source of revenue for the company but we have also unlocked a range of content opportunities that will increase insight and improve engagement in the matches and competitions we are hosting.“I am especially proud to have put the Fraud Detection System in place. This is such a critical piece of the deal and will give priceless peace of mind to players, coaches and our spectators and fans wherever they are watching.”Mark Balch, Esports Product Manager at Sportradar, added: “Following our award for Best Esports Supplier at the end of last year, we have seen a real spike in interest from both esports competitions organisers who want to get broad and credible engagement, as well as betting operators who want the richest mix of leagues, tournaments and competitions in their offering, safeguarded by our peerless Fraud Detection System.“It is an exciting time in esports and we are delighted that key stakeholders in the esports ecosystem recongise our unique propsition and our commitment to safeguarding the integrity of all competitions we work with”.Esports Insider says: Another deal in the bag for Sportradar in the Great War of esports tournaments data rights. ESEN’s King of Nordic tournament is a popular one in, no prizes here, the Nordic region for CS:GO and it has partners including HyperX, Samsung and more so it’s a nice addition for Sportradar.