Quick Hits: Sean Tucker reanimates Syracuse football’s offense

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Oct 1, 2022; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker speaks with the media following Syracuse's 59-0 win over Wagner at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kicia Sears-The Juice Online.

Syracuse improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1987 with a 59-0 win over Wagner. Here are some quick hits from the game:

  • While Sean Tucker averaged over ten yards a carry for Syracuse, the bulk of his success came on plays designed to either get him outside or present cutback opportunities where he could use his vision to see a crease and his speed to zip through it. Tucker’s 60-yard scoring burst came on a handoff that got him outside and he had a touchdown called back by penalty in the second quarter where he ran on the perimeter. He was still credited with 23 yards on the play and had another big run later in the second quarter on the same play call.

  • Tucker’s 232 yards are the sixth-highest single-game rushing mark in Syracuse history. He now stands seventh in school history in rushing yards with 2,668 yards and just 36 yards behind the legendary Floyd Little. Tucker also became the fifth player to run for 200 yards in a game twice.
  • Garrett Shrader set a Syracuse record for completion percentage in a game by connecting on all 17 of his pass attempts. Don McPherson and Troy Nunes previously shared the school record, as they each completed 10-of-11 passes in a contest. McPherson accomplished the feat against Colgate in 1987 while Nunes did it against BYU in 2000.
  • LeQuint Allen gave the Orange a second 100-yard rusher, as he had 112 yards and a score on four carries. His 90-yard run tied for the second-longest in school history and is the longest run at SU that did not result in a touchdown, passing 86-yarders by James Mungro (vs. Kentucky in 1999) and Devante McFarlane (at Wake Forest in 2014).
  • Leon Lowery and Steve Linton wreaked havoc on the Wagner offense, combining for five of the seven tackles for loss logged by the SU defense. Lowery had three tackles for loss while Linton had a pair of sacks, netting 25 yards in losses for the Seahawks.
  • Lowery and Linton’s effort helped the Orange turn in the ninth-best performance in school history, as they allowed Wagner just 50 yards of total offense in the game. Every other contest in the top ten occurred in 1964 or earlier.
  • SU committed eight penalties in the game, lowering their season average to ten infractions per game. The Orange entered the game leading the nation in penalties committed.

WHAT’S NEXT

Syracuse has their bye week, setting up their next game in two weeks when #10 North Carolina State comes to town to cap this four-game homestand. The Wolfpack (4-1, 0-1 ACC) dropped a 30-20 game at #5 Clemson on Saturday night and will host Florida State next week while the Orange (5-0, 2-0) are off.

Devin Leary, the NC State quarterback who was voted the ACC Player of the Year prior to the season, has struggled some. While Leary has a pair of four-touchdown games, he only has ten scoring passes on the season. The ‘Pack defense has been very strong this season, ranking in the top 20 in both points and yards allowed per game.

Television coverage and kickoff time for the North Carolina State-Syracuse game are not set at this time.

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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.