Orange outclassed by Florida State in 38-3 loss

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Oct 29, 2022; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers watches a play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second quarter at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse and Florida State came into Saturday night’s game with matching 6-3 records, but the similarities stopped there.  The Seminoles (7-3, 5-3 ACC) dominated early, jumping out to a 24-3 halftime lead en route to a 38-3 victory over the Orange (6-4, 3-3), who dropped their fourth straight game.

Just like the scoreboard, FSU owned the stat sheet, rolling up 420 yards to SU’s 160 and holding a 25-9 advantage in first downs.  Garrett Shrader and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson combined to complete just 6-of-17 passes for Syracuse, picking up 65 yards through the air, one less than the ‘Noles had in the first quarter.

Florida State forced three-and-outs on the first three Orange possessions, twice responding with a scoring drive for a 14-0 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter.  SU got off the mat with a drive that ended in a 30-yard field goal from Andre Szmyt less than 90 seconds into the second quarter.

Syracuse got a turnover on the following drive from a strip-sack by Derek McDonald that Justin Barron recovered at the FSU 23.  The Orange lost yards and Szmyt’s 53-yard field goal try fell well short.  The Seminoles responded by tacking a touchdown and a field goal on their side of the ledger before the break to grab a 24-3 halftime lead.

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Florida State added two more touchdowns around another SU three-and-out to open the third quarter, growing their lead to 38-3.

Syracuse had an opportunity to score on the final drive of the night, but a lack of urgency left them unable to get one more snap off from the Seminole one-yard-line, adding an appropriate cap to the game.

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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.