Published on September 9, 2012 at 12:04 am Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman Related Stories DOWNPOUR: Syracuse fails to contain USC playmakers in 42-29 loss at MetLife StadiumGallery: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29Storify: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jeremiah Kobena chuckled when he thought back to the play he didn’t make in the remaining seconds of the first half.Syracuse had a first-and-10 on Southern California’s 20-yard line, and quarterback Ryan Nassib lofted him a pass as he crossed into the end zone. The ball hit Kobena, but Trojans defensive back D.J. Morgan batted down the arching pass. Instead of its first touchdown of the game, the Orange had to settle for a field goal.“I know I should’ve made a play on that ball,” Kobena said. “It wasn’t necessarily miscommunicated; the rule is: if the ball’s in the air, it’s mine.”It was a miscue that reflected Syracuse’s first-half offensive struggles that precluded the team from delivering an early punch to No. 2 Southern California. The Orange (0-2) stuck with the Trojans (2-0) for three quarters, but the team couldn’t overcome the offense’s slow start in a 42-29 loss at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.When it was over, Syracuse had a four-hour trip home to consider how the early interceptions, dropped passes and inconsistency on offense derailed its upset bid.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to start faster. You could sit there and say it was another great performance, it was great this and that, but that’s coming in the second half,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “We’ve got to do that right out of the gate, and I think that’s the biggest thing now is, ‘let’s just go.’”Hackett said there wasn’t an extra emphasis on scoring early because the opponent was USC. That’s simply part of the game plan, regardless of who’s on the other sideline. But against the Trojans, a team that would capitalize on any mistake, it could have changed the game.Especially on a day when USC was sluggish early.On Syracuse’s third play of the game, Trojans linebacker Dion Bailey intercepted a Nassib pass. Then, on the second play of the Orange’s next drive, wide receiver Marcus Sales had a pass slip right through his hands.Syracuse’s ensuing possession ended with a three-and-out after wide receiver Jarrod West missed a catch. The miscues saw Syracuse finish the first half with just three points from a field goal by kicker Ross Krautman.The Orange had the chance to make a statement early, but went into halftime trailing by 11.“There were some situations out there you just wish, ‘Golly, you just make one play here or there, it could really change it,’” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. “We felt we were in it. We were in this football game.”Through two weeks, Hackett said the inconsistency of his offense has been a recurring problem.Hackett called them “mishaps.” He said Nassib played a great game, but he made some mistakes. As did Sales and the SU running backs. The mishaps built up, the hole got deeper and the Orange suffered its second loss of the season.In the bowels of the stadium after the game, Hackett could only shake his head when he thought back to the first half. Southern California piled up 102 more yards of total offense and held the ball for nearly twice as long.“We just got off to a slow start, and what we needed to do is just come together, and just get a good drive going,” Kobena said. “And you see how that worked out for us in the second half.”After a long halftime due to a weather delay, the Orange offense ran more efficiently. A well-balanced attack moved the chains, with touchdowns by Sales and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley cutting the deficit to a mere five points heading into the fourth quarter.USC answered with two quick touchdowns to put the game out of reach, but the Orange tacked on two more scores in the final period. Sales hauled in another touchdown and Nassib finished a 19-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run late to make it 42-29.All told, Syracuse scored 26 second-half points compared to a measly three before the half.The SU offense found a brief rhythm, but the slow start doomed the team in another loss. If inconsistency hadn’t plagued his unit again, Hackett said he could see a different scene playing out on the field.The Orange fell by 13 points, but it could’ve been closer.Said Hackett: “I’d love to play this team again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Syracuse hybrid Ashton Broyld has been kicked off the team, according to a release from SU Athletics.“Senior Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the Syracuse football team for a violation of team policy, Orange head coach Scott Shafer announced today,” the statement said.Broyld appeared in just four games last season due to injury and caught 15 passes for 174 yards. In 2013, Broyld led the Orange in receptions and receiving yards with 52 and 452, respectively.The Rochester, New York native came to Syracuse in 2012 with high expectations as a four-star commit, but has shifted positions and lacked the offensive production that he seemed primed to find in his final season with Syracuse.After his senior year at Rush-Henrietta High School, he attended the Milford (New York) Academy for a year before going to Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEntering this year, he was listed third on the depth chart at the hybrid position behind sophomore Ervin Philips and junior Ben Lewis. Comments Published on July 28, 2015 at 8:50 am Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+
“I am going to enjoy this moment and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been at my side,” Ronaldo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid. In the next few days I will speak.”Ronaldo later admitted his immediate post-match comments had been ill-timed.“It wasn’t the perfect time. I don’t want to take away any credit from what Madrid have done. To win three consecutive Champions Leagues is a unique moment, he added.“Personal situations are not important at this moment.”Ronaldo’s comments appeared to target Real president Florentino Perez for a lack of support.However, Perez hinted he was tired of Ronaldo’s intimations he could leave.It isn’t the first time Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United for a then-world record fee in 2009, has appeared close to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu.Over and out? Could Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid with his fifth European Cup © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYIn 2012 he claimed to be “sad” in Madrid, and, even after securing a first European Cup and La Liga double for Madrid in 59 years last season, Ronaldo was also reportedly looking to leave.Then, it was for what he perceived as a lack of support from the club over an ongoing tax investigation into the management of his image rights from the Spanish authorities.Ronaldo himself said this week of speculation over who might arrive at Real: “They always speak about 50 players and in the end no one comes.”“Here the most important thing is the club, and the most important thing is that we are celebrating this Champions League,” Perez told Antena3.“I am not going to go into the personal situations of any player because, as he himself says, nothing ever happens.”Ronaldo still has three years to run on a lucrative five-year contract signed in 2016.“Cristiano likes to be wanted,” said Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.“He will not find a better place than here. He is our true star, whether he scores goals or not. I don’t know why he has said that, but we respect him.”Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who become the first ever manager to win three consecutive European Cups, said that Ronaldo must stay.“I’m not thinking about that. We are thinking about what we are doing now, about the game, about what we have achieved,” said the Frenchman. “Cristiano has to stay.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winner’s medal on Saturday © AFP / Paul ELLISKiev, Ukraine, May 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo cast a shadow over Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph by suggesting he could have played his last game for the Spanish giants in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.Ronaldo, 33, has now won five European Cups in all, but failed to score in a fourth final as Gareth Bale was the hero for Real after coming off the bench to score twice.