A quick take on Syracuse’s 52-17 trouncing of Tulane to wrap up the team’s non-conference schedule:
WHAT HAPPENED: In his first start as Syracuse quarterback, Terrel Hunt set the tone early, leading the Orange on a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive 2:21 into the game. It was over by the halftime whistle, as SU took a 42-17 lead into intermission. Hunt would throw for four touchdowns and rush for another before being subbed out for Drew Allen in the fourth quarter, putting a firm hold on the starting quarterback position heading into ACC play. The Orange special teams also played a huge factor, blocking a field goal, two punts and recovering a fumble.
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ANALYSIS: After their second straight blowout win, Syracuse fans have to feel confident heading into ACC play. Hunt has completely changed the complexion of the season since he’s taken over, as Syracuse’s offense has steamrolled their opponents through the last two games, scoring more than 50 points in each game (first time since the 1997 season). He finished with 175 yards through the air and four touchdowns on the afternoon. On the season, Hunt is now 33 for 43 for 462 yards and 7 touchdowns, which has affected sports betting strategy.
HERO: Hunt and the special teams have already received recognition, but Christopher Clark certainly deserves a mention. He’s emerged as a legitimate receiving threat, finishing with 4 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Clay Cleveland chipped in three receptions, two of them for touchdowns. A special mention also has to go Rob Edson. Plenty of t-shirts were seen throughout the Carrier Dome for #RiseUpForRob.
ZERO: Tulane’s offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Nick Montana. Although Montana was only sacked three times, he was under duress all day, and absorbed some nasty hits. Despite the pressure, Tulane was able to move the ball against the Syracuse defense, finishing with 330 yards. The Orange secondary was particularly suspect, surrendering 209 yards, including 106 on 7 receptions to star receiver Justyn Shackleford.
WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse heads into its bye week before opening up its ACC schedule by hosting No. 3 Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Carrier Dome.
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