Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Even though SU’s football team could not quite tame the Pittsburgh Panthers when they met September 19 at Heinz Field, it couldn’t be blamed on Taj Harris. For it was Harris who sprung open for the Orange’s lone touchdown of the afternoon when, from the SU 31-yard line, Rex Culpepper, in for Tommy Devito, threw deep – and Harris hauled it down, going the rest of the way for a 69-yard scoring strike during the second quarter of what was then a close game.
SOS Rewind and Archive: This week brings another special anniversary to mind, for it was on September 29, 1984 that SU football really arrived under fourth-year coach Dick MacPherson. Unranked, unheralded, and shut out 19-0 by Rutgers the week before, the Orange welcomed no. 1-ranked Nebraska to the Carrier Dome and cared little for the Cornhuskers’ outsized reputation, prevailing 17-9 in a shocker that foretold the roaring success SU would enjoy under Coach Mac’s watch within a few years.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: While everyone knows that Tim Green played on that 1984 SU team that knocked off Nebraska, fewer might remember that one of his defensive teammates was a guy named Doug Marrone. Three decades later, Marrone would be back on the SU hill, leading a revival of an Orange program beaten down early in the millennium before his NFL stints coaching the Buffalo Bills and later leading the Jacksonsville Jaguars to an AFC Championship game appearance before it all fell apart.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: The first SU team to take to the field during this pandemic fall was the cross country Orange. On September 12, the men’s SU runners were victorious competing against Army West Point in a head-to-head meet. Then, less than two weeks later, SU found itself at the “Battle in Beantown”, an event hosted by Boston College, and there the Orange again faced Army to go with the Eagles and beat both of them with Amanda Vestri (women) and J.P. Trojan (men) taking individual honors.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: In reality, the SU football team’s game against the Pittsburgh Panthers mirrored the opener with North Carolina one week earlier. Again SU was close most of the way, using a field goal and touchdown in the first half to stay within range. Again, those aspirations for a victory went away due to a second half where the Panthers kept the Orange off the board, added a third-quarter touchdown, and pulled it out 21-10 to keep the visitors winless.