Syracuse football stats: Comparing Week 1 defense to last year’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse’s defense got off to a dominant start in 2015 by shutting out Rhode Island. While the Rams are a Division I-AA team coming off a 1-11 season and the Orange defense will face tougher competition the rest of the season, it was still a positive sign for SU.Here’s a look at how Syracuse’s defensive numbers vs. URI compare to its season averages from 2014.Points allowed:Against Rhode Island: 02014 season average: 24.3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday night, Syracuse accomplished something it didn’t do all of 2014: shut out an opponent. The closest the Orange came to a shutout last year was in its 40-3 win over Central Michigan.First downs allowed:Against Rhode Island: 22014 season average: 20Rhode Island’s only true first down came late in the first quarter. Early in the third quarter, the Rams moved the chains thanks to a pass interference call against Syracuse.Rushing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 139.3At the end of the third quarter, SU had allowed zero rushing yards, a staggering stat especially considering URI’s quarterback, Paul Mroz, was making his first career start after transferring from JUCO.Passing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 602014 season average: 209.9Turnovers:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 1.67Opponent third-down conversion rate:Against Rhode Island: 9.1 percent2014 season average: 39.3 percentOpponent time of possession:Against Rhode Island: 19:462014 season average: 33:19Opponent red-zone scoring rate:Against Rhode Island: 0-for-02014 season: 31-of-40 Commentslast_img

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