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Syracuse's Doug Marrone takes blame for team woes

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse heads into a bye week exactly where it didn't want to be — coping with a loss.

On paper, things don't seem so bad. Syracuse (1-3) has outgained its four opponents by 520 yards, run 63 more plays, and holds nearly a 2-1 margin in passing yards (1,367 to 725). The Orange also has a 48.5 percent conversion rate on third down while holding opponents to 36.4 percent.

All those positives disappeared on Saturday night in a lackluster 17-10 loss at Minnesota (4-0). The team that had slugged it out in competitive losses to Northwestern and then-No. 2 Southern California and rallied past FCS power Stony Brook never appeared, committing four turnovers and 10 penalties — four of them false starts. That erased any chance of gaining an important victory.