Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: In seeking bright spots throughout SU football’s season-long struggle, one was the solid production put up by running back Cooper Lutz. At a school where producing great running backs was once taken for granted, Lutz provided a tiny reminder of that power during a 38-14 defeat to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on November 7, getting 15 carries and accumulating 81 yards, accounting for most of the Orange’s 110 total yards on the ground.
SOS Rewind and Archive: When looking back on the 1987 undefeated season, what gets most of the attention are the Penn State and West Virginia games along with the Sugar Bowl against Auburn. However, just as impressive was the Orange not having a letdown after that Penn State game, winning four times over Colgate, Pittsburgh, Navy and Boston College, with only the Pitt game even close as the Orange mostly leaned on its defense in a 24-10 win over the Panthers.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Maybe it wasn’t a surprise that Joe Morris would tear it up in the NFL in the 1980s after his successful stint at SU. Not only does Morris remain the school’s all-time leading rusher as his 4,299 yards might never get caught, he set the single-game record for the program in 1979, piling up 252 yards in a game against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, a contest SU ended up winning 45-27 to cap off an early-season four-game win streak.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: We are nearing the return of SU women’s basketball and, best of all, the triumphant return to the court of Tiana Mangakahia, one of the most inspirational athletes in the school’s entire history. As we all know, Tiana faced a bigger battle than basketball when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but though she missed the 2019-20 season, Tiana has beaten cancer back enough to return to full-time action for an Orange team ranked in the pre-season top 25.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: This was a week where SU football was idle, unable to stop a skid that dated back to early October. It had continued on November 7 when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons went to the Dome and most of the game was played on relatively even terms – everything, that is, except a third quarter where Wake Forest three times found the end zone and used those 21 unanswered points to form the foundation for a 38-14 victory.