The Syracuse Orange made a great showing, but fell short against the USC Trojans at MetLife Stadium on Saturday. The team feel 42-29 after making the game respectable. As our Brad Vivacqua tells us, the game's impact goes beyond the final score.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Before the game, SU fans at the Meadowlands were optimistic about the Orange's chances to pull off an upset over USC.
"I have the utmost confidence in Coach Marrone, and I think he's going to have our boys ready to play today," exclaimed Mark Sapka, Syracuse resident.
The game would include a bit of a hitch as thunderstorms would delay the game at halftime, with Syracuse trailing 14-3.
"I actually like that there's a little bit of a delay because it allows it to sink in that Syracuse could actually beat these guys," said TJ Duger, another Syracuse resident that made the trip to New Jersey.
In the end though, the high powered Trojans were too much, knocking off Syracuse 42-29.
"I was pleasantly surprised, they put up a good fight," said Michael Goldstein, a New Jersey resident. "They came within five points in the third quarter, maybe a couple bounces our way, and it could have been a different outcome."
While plenty of SU fans traveled to MetLife Stadium from Central New York, this was also an opportunity for some Metro area fans and alumni to see the Orange play.
"There is probably more Syracuse fans down here than up there, believe it or not, because a lot of Long Islanders and New York City people go to SU school, so it sort of balances things out," noted Rick Riccobono, Long Island resident.
So, in the end, despite a loss, the game's impact on SU's program may mean more than the final score.