Tied at 20 in double overtime on Friday night, Syracuse head coach faced a fourth and goal from the Villanova one-yard line. The Orange had tried three straight runs up the middle to no avail, something that had become a theme all night. 

This is what Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer dialed up.

Villanova scored on the ensuing possession and then, as all road underdogs should do when given the chance, opted to go for two and the win. It never had a chance.

I don’t want to point out that Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime… but Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime.

Hard-nosed, indeed. 

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.