"I won't put it off too long, but there's no reason to hurry now,'' he said.
In a game in which Syracuse just dominated West Virginia, the numbers for Garvin immediately afterward were stunning: 15 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and return and a broken-up pass.
And indeed, Garvin was pretty good. He pancaked Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib a couple of times and did force and recover a fumble. But he didn't have 15 tackles.
As was the case with most of the statistics in that game, they had to be audited afterward. Let's just say that the statisticians the Yankees hired should probably stick to baseball. The red flag for me in the moments after the game was that defensive end Eric Kinsey was credited with three rushes for minus-30 yards.
Well, West Virginia's sports information people went back and re-did all the numbers. Almost everything changed, if only in minor form. For example, Tavon Austin's rushing totals went from 12 carries for 54 yards to 11 for 45. Stedman Bailey gained a catch, but lost yards, going from seven receptions for 126 yards to eight for 121. Geno Smith wasn't 16 of 24, he was 19 of 28. Oh, and Prince-Tyson Gulley did not rush for 208 yards against WVU.
It was 213.
Yeah, they were off.
Anyway, the final stats also show Garvin with all of those extras he was credited with (the sacks, etc.), but with far fewer tackles. Instead of 13 solo tackles and two assists, he had six solos and two assists. He was actually the third-leading tackler on the team behind Darwin Cook (his went from six to 11) and Karl Joseph (seven to nine).
Garvin still had a good game, mind you, or as good a game as could be had by a guy on a team that gave up 369 rushing yards (that stayed the same). But it wasn't 15 tackles good.
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