What we learned from Syracuse football’s loss to Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) struggled once again in the second half of a game this season, allowing Notre Dame (2-3) to build a sizable lead and put the Orange away, 50-33, on Saturday at MetLife Stadium. SU kept the game tight until just after halftime, when it was down by just one score.Here are three things we learned from SU’s third loss of the season.Stuck in neutralThe Syracuse offense has played well in each first quarter this season. This time, the offense extended to the second quarter when the Orange racked up 14 points to add to its 13 in the first. On the season, the Orange has been outscored 71-43 in the second half, however. Against the Fighting Irish, SU managed just six points on an Eric Dungey touchdown in the fourth quarter.Even when SU was in the red zone, it’s best option was a Dungey run. He scored three rushing touchdowns on a fake option, delayed quarterback sneak and a scramble. The other two touchdowns came on throws to Ervin Philips and Amba Etta-Tawo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile it’s not a new problem that the Orange hasn’t shown much past the first half, it also hasn’t shown that it’ll get out of its rut. SU has yet to score more than two touchdowns in the second half.“It’s small mistakes. You guys wouldn’t see them,” Babers said. “It’s things that kill drives, little things. If we eliminate those little things, we’ll be able to do big things.”If the D-Line doesn’t click, offenses willSyracuse’s defensive line has been up and down all season. It’s inconsistency creeped back Saturday. Last season, the Orange racked up 23 sacks. After recording two against the Fighting Irish, it’s on pace for 21. De’Jon Wilson and Josh Black recorded a half sack each and Zaire Franklin added another.Early in the second quarter, DeShone Kizer ran a zone read with running back Josh Adams from the 3-yard line. Defensive end Kendall Coleman crashed down on the line, allowing Kizer to keep the ball and run outside for the score. In the end zone, Kizer heel clicked like a leprechaun. Coleman hung his head. Although he’s played well, the touchdown allowed the Fighting Irish to put 10 points of separation between it and Syracuse. Coleman tallied four tackles during the game.“Just because it’s 2016, it doesn’t make them 22 years old,” Babers said. “There’s some 18-year-old and 19-year-old guys out there going against grown men.”SU’s special teams could be Estime-ingSyracuse’s special teams have undoubtedly struggled despite head coach Dino Babers calling it the Orange’s best unit at times. It’s lacked explosiveness in the return game, good enough punts and any semblance of consistency — except when SU wide receiver Brisly Estime has been involved. Improving on field goal misses and shanked punts will be more difficult because that will involve improving Cole Murphy and Sterling Hofrichter’s abilities.But Estime is a proven commodity. On Saturday, he racked up 128 punt-return yards on just three returns. He showed the ability to find the right seem, break tackles and shift away from defenders, even in close proximity. While freshman Sean Riley has shown inklings of the same ability, he hasn’t been quite as dynamic.After nearly scoring a touchdown on a punt return Saturday, Estime has earned his way back into the punt-return spot. Babers said he moved Estime out of the spot to give the latter some rest from his receiver snaps, but it might be time to reverse that decision.“I think Brisly is a good punt returner and that’s the reason why he’s still back there. That’s the reason why we gave him opportunities,” Babers said. “This was a game that we felt we needed to have him back there if we were going to have a chance to win.” Comments Published on October 1, 2016 at 8:19 pmlast_img read more

Coleman ruled out of clash with Brumbies

first_imgThe star lock was an integral part of Melbourne’s win over the Sunwolves, wreaking havoc at lineout time and playing an understated hand in the Rebels attack.But he pulled up particularly sore after the match and has since been ruled out of the Australian Conference blockbuster, with Ross Haylett-Petty getting the nod in the second row alongside Matt Philip.Outside of the forced change, coach Dave Wessels has stuck solid with the starting XV that has claimed convincing wins through the opening fortnight.There is some movement on the bench, though, with Marika Koroibete and Richard Hardwick making their returns from injury.Ben Daley has also been named on the pine.”Unfortunately for Adam with the travel and a six-day turnaround that he hasn’t pulled up from a knock against the Sunwolves in time for Friday night but it’s exciting to welcome back Marika, Dickie (Richard) and Ben,” Wessels said.”Ross also thoroughly deserves his chance to start – he works incredibly hard around the field for such a big man and brings some real intensity in the contact areas.”last_img read more

4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All

first_imgThis article was originally posted on TheCityFix.com.With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate how they deliver sustainable urban services to meet people’s needs.While there is no unique recipe for delivering sustainable urban services, many of the successful solutions around the world share common characteristics. An ongoing project between World Resources Institute (WRI), the Citi Foundation and C40 is working to identify global examples of sustainable urban innovation and draw out commonalities across them. The partnership helps develop locally-customized business models that can accelerate the implementation of sustainable solutions around the world. Through a global scan of urban innovations, the partnership has distilled four key elements that are critical ingredients to thriving, sustainable cities.Rethinking How We Meet People’s NeedsTraditional thinking about services focused on simply expanding the supply of infrastructure, like roads, highways, bus rapid transit (BRT), and metro in and between cities. The idea was that more infrastructure would give more people access to mobility options.The problem with simply expanding infrastructure, is that it misses how people will use it. Exclusively increasing road space without giving people alternatives to use public transit leaves people no choice but to rely on private vehicles. This in turn leads to a vicious cycle of more congestion. The costs of this business as usual approach are staggering: in Mexico City thousands of people spend hours stuck in congestion every day, costing the local economy 2.6 percent of GDP every year.Innovative service solutions are reversing the traditional thinking that has led to congestion, sprawl, and inefficiency by taking into account how people actually use infrastructure to meet their needs. For example, transit-oriented development (TOD) brings people into compact neighborhoods where they need fewer—or don’t need any—roads and highways to access amenities and jobs in the city. TOD makes efficient use of infrastructure, reducing the distance between people and their destinations and connecting them with efficient transport options like mass transit and bike share.Shifting Traditional Roles in Service ProvisionUrban services are typically considered the responsibility of the public sector. But growing urban populations and constrained public finance mean that the public sector cannot deliver successful services entirely on its own. Many urban innovations are the result of shifting roles and responsibilities between public, private, and civil society actors, including people.New service operators are emerging to deliver non-traditional infrastructure services, such as efficient street lighting and building efficiency. In Bhubaneswar, India  (as in many other places) an energy service company is taking on the task of upgrading and maintaining public lighting, in exchange for a share of the savings generated through more energy efficient infrastructure. Even service users are taking on more active roles by opting for residential solar rooftops, enabling them to generate their own power or lease out their roof space to third party companies who operate the infrastructure.Unlocking New Sources of FundingOne persistent challenge for many sustainable services has been a lack of funding – viable revenue streams or transfers that support services through the cycle of planning, construction, operation, and maintenance. In Mexico City, for example, internal budgeting barriers and legal constraints are holding the city back from investing in retrofits of public buildings.Many urban innovations are succeeding by unlocking previously untapped willingness-to-pay. In the “sharing economy” of shared cars, bikes, and rides, new service providers have succeeded in turning end users’ desire for point-to-point, no hassle mobility into a viable stream of income for their business. Rather than paying for ownership of the infrastructure, users are paying a fee for mobility services from providers like Uber, Lift, and a range of bike share operatorsFinding value in unexpected places is also possible in large-scale urban developments. Rio de Janeiro is capturing the value of land by auctioning additional development rights in Porto Maravilha ahead of the 2016 Olympics. These tradeable securities, so-called “CEPACs”, effectively put a price on every square meter of vertical development above a certain threshold and are used to fund much-needed public infrastructure and mixed-use urban revitalization.Evolving the Financial ToolkitWhile new sources of funding are critical, urban innovators often face the financial challenge of mobilizing sufficient capital to make the upfront investment. The reason for this is that many sustainable solutions can appear too risky to be attractive for financiers looking to make a return on their investment. This perceived riskiness can result in limited access to the upfront capital that many urban innovations so desperately need.While commercial banks may not be willing to lend to a start-up, there are new financial products and approaches that are bypassing traditional lending institutions. In the Philippines, the GETCAPITAL crowd-microfinance approach has proven critical in supporting independent owners of new electric buses. Thanks to this financing strategy, new buses are replacing outdated, dangerous and inefficient “Jeepneys”—the traditional mode of transport—in Manila. Investors are guaranteed a 6 percent return on their investment, which is paid back by shares in the fare and advertising revenues.Financial innovations also include those that put a twist on traditional debt products—such as loans and bonds. For instance, in the case of “on-bill financing” for building efficiency, a utility or third party will put up the upfront costs (often financed through a fairly standard low-interest loan), while the customer repays the investment through a charge or tariff on the utility bill.The Urban Century of InnovationDisruptive changes are needed in order to achieve global climate commitments, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve cities for people. New business models that combine sustainable service solutions with creative approaches to funding, financing, and delivery are already reshaping cities today. They offer a glimpse at the future of urban innovation.last_img read more