Quick Hits: Syracuse RB Sean Tucker saves his best for last

Sep 23, 2022; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) runs with the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse defeated Virginia 22-20 on Friday evening to improve to 4-0 on the year. Here’s some quick hits from the game:

  • Sean Tucker gathered 60 yards on 21 carries, but did his best work on the last SU scoring drive. Tucker picked up 30 yards on six rushing attempts on that possession and added on a 15-yard reception.
  • Tucker’s rough night was not limited to just him. Removing six sacks and downing the ball on the final play of the game, the Orange had 31 rushing attempts for 104 yards, under 3.4 yards per carry.
  • Oronde Gadsden II hauled in his first six targets, gaining 103 yards in the first half. Unfortunately, he was silent until the final drive, catching one more pass for ten yards.
  • Garrett Shrader had an up-and-down night. Shrader completed 22-of-33 pass for 277 yards and added a touchdown run on the first Orange possession, but threw an interception and was also sacked a half dozen times.
  • Garrett Williams came away with both turnovers the Syracuse defense caused, notching an interception and recovering a fumble. The pick blunted a Virginia drive deep in the Orange end of the field. Caleb Okechukwu had a pair of sacks while Leon Lowery and Marlowe Wax each had one, all of them coming in the first half.

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On Saturday, October 1, the Orange will play the third of four games in this homestand when they welcome Wagner to the JMA Wireless Dome. The Seahawks (0-3) are an FCS school with their one game thus far against an FBS opponent being a 66-7 loss at Rutgers.

Receiver Naiem Simmons is one of the bigger threats for Wagner, leading the team in receptions (13) and receiving yards (235) while tying for the team lead in touchdown catches (two). Nick Kargman has thrown for 457 yards this season with four scores and four interceptions.

Kickoff is set for 5:00pm Eastern and the game will be televised online via ACC Network Extra.



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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by NBA.com. He currently resides in Syracuse.