When Trevor Cooney, and his in-the-gym range from beyond the arc, first committed to play for Syracuse in February 2010, the comparisons were obvious and expected. Former Orange legend, and current assistant coach, Gerry McNamara. Cooney hadn’t even graduated from high school and was already being anointed as the next great Syracuse sharp-shooter.
The Syracuse Orange limps into its bye week after what can only be described as a dominating dismantling at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last week by a score of 56-0. Adapting to the brave new world of the Atlantic Coast Conference has been anything but easy. Through three games, Syracuse sits with a 1-2 record in which it has been outscored by a 115-38 mark.
The Syracuse Orange opened its first Atlantic Coast Conference road venture in style with a 24-10 win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack last Saturday in Raleigh. Both squads struggled to finish drives as both Riley Dixon and Wil Baumann each punted seven times. The game remained tight midway through the fourth quarter with the score tied at 10 apiece. That’s when Syracuse’s running game took control.
A mere 38 seconds into Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference home opener, Syracuse found itself on the wrong end on a 60-yard touchdown completion from Tahj Boyd to Adam Humphries. The Tigers struck paydirt two more times in the first quarter as they raced out to a 21-point lead effectively ending the game the Orange could get going. And that is why Clemson is a national championship contender.
Heading into last Saturday’s home opener versus the Wagner Seahawks, Syracuse coaches had told back-up quarterback Terrel Hunt he would receive some playing time. Drew Allen was still the team’s starter despite an 0-2 start that saw Allen connect on a single touchdown pass compared to six interceptions.