SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - When Syracuse decided to go to a no-huddle offense before the start of the season, the Orange lost its focus. The run became an afterthought.
But after falling to 2-4 and with the season slipping away despite a stout aerial attack, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett decided the run was the missing link.
Since a bad loss at Rutgers - four turnovers and a blocked field goal - everything has changed in the run game and the Orange has rebounded with three wins in four games.
Jerome Smith had 133 yards rushing as the Orange gained 251 yards on the ground and 251 passing in a 40-10 victory over Connecticut. Smith has followed that with three more 100-yard outings, including a career-high 144 to bring his season total to 875.