Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — It was a haughty proclamation to make about the little guy. Dyshawn Davis and the defense had done their job, forcing a Minnesota punt in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and out trotted Brisly Estime, all 5 feet, 9 inches and 170 pounds, with the game hanging in the balance.“He’s about to take this to the crib,” Davis told his defensive teammates standing within earshot.So Estime, a freshman wide receiver, backed up to position himself under Peter Mortell’s booming punt, brought the ball into his body and froze for just an instant. And he was off.Estime darted straight ahead, past the 20-yard line and out to midfield. He turned to his right, leaving Maxx Williams facing the wrong direction and Damarius Travis in his wake. He headed to the right sideline, where Mortell tackled him the way a punter normally does — awkwardly, but just enough to knock Estime off balance and tumbling to the ground.He brought Syracuse down to the Golden Gophers’ 14-yard line. Three plays later, he stood on the goal line as Terrel Hunt sprinted by for the go-ahead touchdown in SU’s (7-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) 21-17 Texas Bowl victory over Minnesota (8-5, 4-4 Big 10) in front of 32,327 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. With almost a month since Estime last took the field, he was better than ever, slicing up Minnesota on the ground, through the air and on special teams to the tune of 194 all-purpose yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Brisly’s as quick as a jitterbug,” head coach Scott Shafer said.And when he bounced through the hole for a 70-yard punt return, he changed the complexion of a game that was sluggish at the start, but a seesaw affair on the back end. It meant the Orange’s two-minute drill would only have to trek 14 yards and gave offensive coordinator George McDonald the flexibility to lead SU to a game-winning score.But it was his play throughout the day that gave McDonald added flexibility and helped the Orange score 21 points in a game that once seemed destined to see some single-digit numbers on the scoreboard.For a time during the season, Estime wasn’t consistent enough to be relied upon. He was playing a new position — H-back — for a new team in an unfamiliar place. Snowy Syracuse is a long way from sunny South Florida.But he was always exciting. He was small, but the plays were always big. Like a 23-yard catch-and-run against Northwestern. Or a touchdown catch on a throw from wide receiver Jarrod West against Wake Forest. And a catch 32 yards downfield against Boston College that was his longest play from scrimmage of the season.“He went out there and showed that he’s very talented and a really bright star for next year,” defensive tackle Jay Bromley said.With a couple extra weeks of practice, he could turn the flashes into a sustainable shine. Most of the time during Syracuse’s extra practice was designated for game planning, but the final 45 minutes were generally set aside to let the younger players get some reps. Estime is part of the game plan, but he’s still a young guy, too. That meant double duty.“He was barely off the field,” center Macky MacPherson said.Maybe it didn’t help him burst past the Golden Gophers’ punt coverage team or on any of his three kick returns that he brought past the 20, but it helped him spend as much time on the field as he had in any game this season and lead Syracuse in receiving.With the Orange trailing by three late in the fourth quarter, Estime hauled in a 21-yard catch, reaching down to make the grab between a pair of defenders to pick up a crucial first down and move SU in range for a potential game-tying field goal.“He’s explosive, man,” running back Jerome Smith said. “Brisly’s explosive.”Still, as much as he was explosive, he was just as combustible. He fumbled his only carry of the game on Syracuse’s opening drive and dropped a touchdown that should have been when he dove into the end zone on the Orange’s next possession. Even after his heroic return, he false started just three plays after to exacerbate Hunt’s heroics.But the good was enough that the bad didn’t matter so much, and enough to show how important a bowl game could be. This game was going to come for Estime one day.It was just the Texas Bowl, but SU was in the spotlight and Estime put on a show.“He really worked his butt off and it showed in that game,” MacPherson said. “It really showed. That was one of the best games from a wide receiver or any athlete I’ve ever seen.” Comments Published on December 28, 2013 at 1:54 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2
MORE: Watch the Toyota Owners 400 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)It would be hard to say Busch isn’t favored to win again as he is coming off of his third victory of the season in Bristol last week, and he already has a victory at ISM Raceway, which is a very similar run to the one in Virginia.But with men like Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, nothing is decided.Both guys ran well last season and Hamlin has two wins already this year, so Busch won’t have it easy at this event even though he makes a run there look easy.What time does the Toyota Owners 400 start?The Toyota Owners 400 will take place Saturday, April 13. Live coverage begins on Fox at 7:30 p.m. ET.What channel is the Toyota Owners 400 on?The Food City will be broadcast nationally on Fox. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Toyota Owners 400 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1. Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Toyota Owners 400.(All times Eastern)Friday, April 12TimeEventChannel8:05 a.m.Xfinity Final PracticeNASCAR.com11:05 a.m.Cup Series First PracticeNASCAR.com1:05 p.m.Cup Series Final PracticeNASCAR.com3:40 p.m.Xfinity Series QualifyingFS1/fuboTV5:40 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV7 p.m.Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250FS1/fuboTVSaturday, April 13TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Cup Series Toyota Owners 400Fox/fuboTVToyota Owners 400 starting lineupBelow is the full entry list for the Toyota Owners 400. The starting lineup will be updated after qualifying.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDRoss Chastain15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDCody Ware51TBDBayley Currey52TBDJoey Gase66TBDQuin Houff77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95 The NASCAR Cup Series schedule heads back to the short flat track this week as this event will be held at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.This 0.75-mile event is known as American’s premier short track, and it certainly produced some exciting races last season as Kyle Busch came from far behind to win in the spring and then did it in a more conventional way out of the 11th spot in the fall.