All the kids are doing hashtags these days, right? Are hashtags still a thing? Well, one of the longest running hashtags on Twitter and other social media is, obviously, #TBT – which right now could mean “The Basketball Tournament” (which I’ll be writing some about soon enough) – but for more universally is short for Throwback Thursday. In case you’re one of the 12 people on Earth who was unaware.

Today I’m starting the first of what might become at least a semi-regular feature. Since it’s Thursday, and since the kids love those crazy hashtags, and we all love scouring the internet for old Syracuse games…let’s combine all of these things into a single (possibly weekly) post. Today? Let’s take a look at one of the best football games in the post-McNabb era for Orange football.

October 21, 2011 was supposed to be an asskicking, and it turned out to be exactly that. Of course, for those giddy Syracuse fans reading this, the team that was supposed to be delivering the kicking found itself on the wrong side of the boot.

Yes, that was the night of Syracuse’s absolute whipping of No. 15-ranked West Virginia, and Doug Marrone’s continued domination of Geno Smith. Chandler Jones lived in West Virginia’s backfield, sacking Smith twice and finishing with six tackles, and Ryan Nassib made it a career-day for Nick Provo. Nassib and Provo hooked up for three touchdowns in the 49-23 win for Syracuse.

It was actually 21-16 with the good guys on top early in the third quarter, but Syracuse turned it up a notch for the remainder of the second half. The Orange scored 21 unanswered, and after West Virginia scored with about nine minutes left in the game, Syracuse answered with a 79 yard drive, capped by an Ant Bailey touchdown run to make it a 49-23 final.

Nassib finished the game completing 24-of-32 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns, and Provo ended up with six catches for 61 yards and the aforementioned three scores. Bailey added 125 rushing yards on 22 carries, and the Orange improved to 5-2 on the year, though we should probably forget about everything that happened following that night. The Orange lost their final five games to miss out on a bowl game.

Well, that’s a bit of a downer ending, isn’t it? Probably blocked that from your memory. My apologies. But hey, for now…let’s spend the next couple hours watching one of the most impressive recent football performances in the Carrier Dome!

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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