Harris, Orange hope to carry momentum from big win
For Towanda graduate Adam Harris and the Syracuse Orange football team, Saturday's win over nationally ranked West Virginia was a new experience.
"It's huge for us," Harris said of the win. "We were playing kind of a different scale type of game. It was incredible. It was the most people, next to the Washington game, that I've played in front of. Playing a ranked team was something new."
One of the keys for the Orange was the way they ran the ball, and Harris was happy that his blocking as fullback helped with that.
"I thought as a whole unit the line did a great job, the running backs ran well and I did my job," Harris said.
While Syracuse had a good effort in the 19-14 victory, Harris knows there is still work to be done.
"We are definitely making positive steps, but we have a long ways to go," he said. "We were in the red zone four times and only got four field goals. We are right where we want to be, but we still have work to do."
And one of the keys for Syracuse is keeping the momentum after a big win.
"We had that win over South Florida and then had a letdown. We can't let that happen this week," Harris said.
This week the Orange face another tough test as they take on Cincinnati.
"They are a good team. They have won a lot of games in the Big East the last couple of years," Harris said. "If we bring our 'A' game hopefully we can came out all right."
Harris knows the team just has to focus on this game right now.
"That's the main thing, we just have to take it one game at a time," Harris said. "We can't look past any games. We are not necessarily a team that can look past any teams."
Last week's trip to West Virginia did give the Orange the confidence that they can handle themselves on the road.
"We definitely saw some real good players last week," Harris said. "It was exciting to play against them. We are definitely taking positive steps forward.
"It's definitely an atmosphere you won't get many other places. There were fans everywhere. It was definitely a great environment."
And, while many teams struggle on the road in hostile places like Morgantown, the Orange seemed to relish the chance to play there.
"I think a lot of us kind of thrived off it," Harris said. "We used the energy towards helping us."