Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @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 Comments
The shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday and linked up with the space station Thursday. It was the first time two female commanders met in space: Retired Air Force Col. Pamela Melroy is commander of Discovery, while Peggy Whitson is the station’s skipper. The 10 astronauts aboard Discovery and the space station face the most challenging construction tasks ever attempted in a single mission. They may get a little more time to tackle their to-do list because engineers have not spotted any significant problems with the shuttle’s thermal shield. The crew set aside three hours Saturday for a focused inspection of any trouble spots, but mission management team chairman John Shannon said that examination probably won’t be necessary.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Astronauts using a robotic arm attached a bus-size addition to the International Space Station on Friday, with help from a pair of spacewalkers. The live-in compartment carried up aboard shuttle Discovery – called Harmony – weighs nearly 16 tons and increases the space station’s living and working area by more than 2,500 cubic feet. “Now the crews that are hot on our heels have a place to come,” spacewalker Scott Parazynski said. He and Douglas Wheelock got the Italian-made Harmony ready for its move out of the shuttle cargo bay. Then Daniel Tani and Stephanie Wilson, working inside, used the station’s robotic arm to slowly move Harmony toward its new home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Earlier Friday, the spacewalkers removed a broken antenna from the station and packed it aboard Discovery for its return to Earth, and got a giant girder ready for relocation later in the mission. Parazynski encountered a few ammonia ice crystals that floated his way while he was disconnecting the girder’s cooling lines, but his spacesuit did not seem to be contaminated. Just in case, he followed safety procedures once he was back inside the space station, which involved taking a contamination test. “Great day in outer space,” Parazynski said as the spacewalk wrapped up. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who joined Discovery’s crew to personally deliver the pressurized chamber, coordinated the six-hour spacewalk from inside. Harmony’s location on the station is temporary. The station crew will move it to its permanent spot once Discovery leaves in just over a week. The chamber will also serve as the docking port for European and Japanese laboratories that will be delivered on the next three shuttle flights.