Kicker Cole Murphy keeps Syracuse competitive in 27-19 loss at No. 8 Miami

first_imgMIAMI — At the end of his postgame press conference, in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium, Dino Babers called on Cole Murphy down a nearby hallway.“Cole Murphy,” Babers said. “I ain’t ever seen nothing like that before. You were outstanding today.”Babers was joking, slightly. He has coached in college football since 1984 and said he had previously seen something like the performance Murphy put on Saturday afternoon. But he underscored how Murphy, Syracuse’s senior kicker, kept the Orange competitive on the road against one of the top teams in the country. In a 27-19 loss to No. 8 Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), Murphy drilled all four of his field goal attempts — including a career-long 53-yarder — to keep Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) within striking distance.More significantly, Murphy executed some of the most difficult kicks of his career on a damp, choppy grass field with nearly 60,000 fans cheering. None of that fazed him, as he tied his single-game career high with four field goals (22, 40, 45 and 53 yards, respectively) and moved to second place on the Syracuse all-time record list. With four games remaining on the schedule, he needs three more field goals to break John Biskup’s program record which has stood for 25 years.While the Hurricanes harassed Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey for six QB hurries, four sacks and four interceptions, Murphy injected life in an otherwise anemic offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They gave us a little life,” said Murphy, who broke out new cleats for better traction. “We were excited.”Last week, Murphy hit both of his field goals in Syracuse’s upset over No. 2 Clemson. Babers said Syracuse would not have won the game without Murphy, who hit a 30-yarder to put SU ahead by three in the fourth quarter and seal one of the biggest victories in program history.Because of the field conditions, Miami head coach Mark Richt said he tried to convert on a fourth-and-three and not kick a field goal in the fourth quarter. Michael Badgley slipped “at least twice” on kickoffs, Richt said. Yet Syracuse, down four with 5:23 left in the game, gave Murphy a shot to kick a 53-yarder anyway. He obliged, kicking it through with some depth to spare. Murphy perked up as teammates tapped his helmet.In the third quarter, Murphy hit a 40-yarder to cut Miami’s lead to seven. As Murphy landed his left foot to swing his right foot toward the ball, he slipped and fell flat on his rear after he connected with the ball.“After I made contact with it, I felt I was slipping, I looked up and I saw the ball falling in line,” said Murphy, who jumped up and threw a fist bump after the kick. “I was like, ‘OK, good. I look like an idiot, but I made it.’”Murphy said earlier this week that he hasn’t gotten into his own head, which he said contributed to his slide in 2016. He struggled on the road, going 1-for-6 on field goals away from the Carrier Dome, compared to a 9-of-12 mark in the Dome.As the ACC’s leader in made field goals, Murphy said he’s much more confident. Rather than listening to Metallica before games, he listens to “relaxed music,” such as The Weeknd. He credits an overall improvement across special teams, especially with the snap and hold. He took a sports psychology class to practice relaxation methods. All of it is paying off as he hopes for the first winning season of his career at Syracuse.“Last year I was always second-guessing myself and it was very anxious,” Murphy said, “whereas now I’m more in control. That’s the word I like to use. I write it on my notebook like 20 times before getting on the plane.” Comments Published on October 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Champions League action tonight

first_imgThe Swedish international is set to leave Paris in the summer and is being linked with a move to the Premier League.In tonight’s other quarter-final, Real Madrid will have to overcome a shock 2-0 first-leg defeat as they play host to Wolfsburg.Both games will kick-off at 7.45. Man City have home advantage over P-S-G ahead of the second-leg of their quarter-final.City will be hoping to build on the two away goals they scored in the 2-all first-leg draw.The French champions will once-again be led by star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they seek an upset in Manchester.last_img read more

Morocco 2015 Qualifier: 15,000 match tickets to go on Sale

first_imgThe National Sports Authority (NSA) on Wednesday morning released 15, 000 match tickets for sale at the Tamale Sports Stadium for the AFCON qualifier between the Black Stars and Syli National of Guinea.Smart Abbey, head of Safety and Security, said in an interview that the tickets forms part of the initial release of match tickets for sale ahead of the match.According to Abbey, the NSA will release additional tickets later in the day based on a critical assessment of the situation, adding that they will not fill the 21,000 capacity stadium.He noted, as per the rules of the NSA, that they will not release all 21,000 tickets since that could lead to stampede.Abbey, however stated that, the NSA is aware of the security threat and dangers involved in filling the stadium to capacity and has called for adequate reinforcement from the security services.He was confident security arrangements for the match will be executed to avoid any form of stampede. The Black Stars are for the for the first time playing at the Tamale Sports Stadium, and the massive reception given the team gives a clear indication of  the expected turnout at the stadium.last_img read more

‘The hard lessons from this fodder crisis must be learned’

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has today called on the Government to compensate and support the farming community for their losses during the current fodder crisis. Speaking ahead of the Seanad debate this evening on the issue, the Sinn Féin Seanad Agriculture Spokesperson said that ‘hard lessons from this fodder crisis must be learned by the Government.’Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The drive towards huge expansion in agriculture outlined in Foodwise 2025, the ten year plan for the agri-food sector may look good on paper, but we have to ask with Brexit and climate change if this is feasible or indeed desirable. “Avoiding another fodder crisis needs discussion and proposals from the farm organisations and Teagasc with the Department, and may involve a reduction in stocking levels.“The family farm is an integral part of rural Ireland and Irish society. Making it sustainable is a key aim for the future of our country. We cannot allow circumstances to arise where only the big, industrialised farmer can survive and the small family farm goes to the wall for lack of foresight and planning to avoid crises.“Sinn Féin calls on the Government to properly compensate and support our farming community for their losses during this crisis“Sinn Féin have been calling for action on this issue for years. Since last September, we warned the Minister of the number of farmers in the North West who had being unable to get second cuts of silage and had to house cattle early due to severe rain in August and September. “Last October we warned of a looming crisis but our concerns were dismissed by Minister Creed who continued to claim that there was no crisis and that there was lots of fodder in the country.“In December, farmers, including some from my own area of Donegal, contacted Teagasc in relation to the fodder shortages, with the majority of them having a 50% shortfall in fodder. We warned that the Fodder Action Group that was proposed was kicking the can down the road; but our warning fell on deaf ears.“In January of this year we called again on the Minister to provide meal vouchers to help subsidise the cost of meal which is a feed that farmers can be assured of the quality of what they are getting.“Sinn Féin have been consistent in raising this issue with the Minister, and he has routinely ignored our calls.”‘The hard lessons from this fodder crisis must be learned’ was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:farmingfodder crisisPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more