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#pounditThursday, January 20, 2022

West Virginia accused of faking injury to slow down Syracuse

The Camping World Bowl already had a hint of controversy before the first quarter even ended on Friday.

Members of the Syracuse Orange appeared to believe that the West Virginia Mountaineers were faking injuries on defense to try to slow down their offense, and that accusation sparked a brief on-field scuffle during the first quarter of Friday’s game.

Many on Twitter, including a number of Syracuse fans, saw things the same way — as did a handful of fans from rival teams who faced the Mountaineers this season.

The Orange are known as one of the quicker offenses in the NCAA, and they like to run a lot of plays. It’s not implausible that a rival team might think to adopt a tactic like that.

Faking injuries is not an accusation thrown around lightly, but it has been thrown around at times. It will be interesting to see if Dino Babers or his team decide to make anything of this after the game.

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