(SU ATHLETICS) - Syracuse football head coach Doug Marrone
believes his team needs to earn the right to win its first game. The Orange (0-2) host Stony Brook at the Carrier Dome this Saturday (4 p.m.; TWCS/SNY) and look to capture its first victory of 2012. Coach Marrone discussed the upcoming game and how the Orange need to prepare to face the Seawolves at his weekly press conference this morning. Watch the full press conference here.
"A lot of times when you play a team like Stony Brook, which is a very, very good football team, it's important that everybody understands the way we went about it with our players this week," Marrone said. "My philosophy is that I think teams get themselves in trouble when they say, hey we just need to get out there and win a game. That hasn't been our focus this week. Right now, during the week, we've been trying to tell our kids that we have to earn the right to win a game."
After its first two games, the Orange lead the BIG EAST in scoring offense (35.0 ypg), passing offense (402.0 ypg) total offense (525.5 ypg) and first downs (30.0 per game). The SU defense is preparing for a Stony Brook offense that has averaged 63.0 points per game.
"We've had some good practices," Marrone said. "We've corrected some mistakes that we made in the first two games. I think that's important. I think once you put out on film the mistakes you've made, I think you're going to be tested not only on the next opponent but your future opponents."
All children under the age of 12 are welcome to come to the Stony Brook game for free, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. The first 10,000 fans in the building will receive a limited edition New York's College Team bracelet. At halftime, Orange Olympians will be honored. Men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim
, and Orange rowers Natalie Mastracci and Mike Gennaro will be recognized.
"We appreciate that the children 12 and under can get in free," Marrone said. "I think that's important from a standpoint of not only athletics in general, but the sport of football to get people interested in the sport and be able to see it. We hope those kids that show up to the game, bring their parents with them also. I know the parents sometimes want some time off. I understand the schedules on Saturdays. My kids are going through the same thing. You wake up. You have practice, softball, basketball, whatever it may be, lacrosse. Go get some lunch. Come back. Enjoy the game. After the game, get a good dinner. Put the kids to bed. They should be exhausted. I think that's what all parents have as a goal, myself included."