The Syracuse University football program took a step in the
right direction Saturday night, defeating Division I-AA East Jabib University
For The Blind 38-14 with an explosive offensive display in the Carrier Dome.
The 2-1 Syracuse Orange struggled in the first half, but exerted its power on
the 1-2 East Jabib University For The Blind Bats in the second half. 

Quarterback Ryan Nassib stole the show in front of more than
37,000 rabid fans, throwing for 260 yards and a school record five touchdown
passes. Ray Wonder, East Jabib University’s star cornerback, said after the
game that he “didn’t see [Nassib’s] performance coming. That kid can really

East Jabib took an early 7-0 lead in the game behind the
play of quarterback Stevie Charles. The senior had a ten-yard run to pay dirt,
saying afterwards that there wasn’t a defender in his line of vision as he

The Orange recoiled, tying it up in the second quarter on a
three-yard catch from Alec Lemon. Syracuse claimed the lead in before the end
of the half, and never looked back; victory was in sight for the Orange and
darkness and despair was in sight for the EJUFTB Bats.

East Jabib University is the first of two Division I-AA
opponents Syracuse will play this season, the other being St. Reeve University
For The Wheelchair-Bound next Saturday. Syracuse normally does not have a
penchant for playing opponents in a NCAA sub-division, but the Orange could not
pass up the opportunities.

When asked about how the Orange played, Coach Doug Marrone
said that he was “pleased with the team’s play in the second half. All the
credit in the world goes out to East Jabib U. and their solid football team.”

When told that his Orange was playing the Maine Black Bears
and not the fictionalized East Jabib University For the Blind Bats, Marrone
said, “What? [Expletive] that noise! Quit jerking me around. No way, holy

After checking the team schedule on the locker room wall
with a confused look on his face, he laughed to himself and said, “I honestly
thought that we were playing a school for the blind. I got our schedule mixed
up with a Syracuse Centro Bus Schedule for whatever reason. Oh boy. Well, this
is embarrassing.”

Once Marrone came to, he so poignantly said, “But seriously,
that was the University of Maine football team? Well, I guess them and [the
Blind Bats] are both the same. Maine was pretty [expletive-ing] terrible. Easy

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