The Syracuse Orange heads into an off week ahead of a visit from the current king of the ACC, Clemson, after a fairly dominate win over Tulane on Saturday. Special teams decided to remind us of days gone by; having a hand in several big plays that gave SU momentum and possessions that led to several scores. Something to think about for Clemson and hopefully a sign of what they can do in that game to help themselves.
Syracuse laid 42 first half points on Tulane as the offense found its gears with Terrel Hunt at QB, this time against a D-1 team. Hunt played marvelously and continues to show a knack for the big play and for getting the team into the end zone, something they struggled to do with Drew Allen. The running game continues to find its traction and the receivers, while still dropping some perfect balls, have shown signs of growth with the deployment of Hunt.
The day almost belonged to the defense, I say almost only because Tulane moved the ball nearly as effectively for much of the game. The difference was that SU seemingly hit Tulane QB Nick Montana on almost every play. The kid is tough just like his Dad and he needed to be on Saturday as he took several big hits (legal hits) with one leaving him dazed and on the turf. He may have still been dazed when he said this:
Nick Montana, QB, Jr.
On what the Syracuse defensive pressure;
“They (Syracuse) didn’t really do anything we weren’t expecting, we knew that was going to come. We just gave them the game, turnovers and not executing what we had for them. We had a good plan. We were just so up and down that we just gave them the game. The team wasn’t that much better than us.”
52-17 Nick. 42-17 at the half. Someone may want to check him out down there in Tulane.
SU did lose kicker Ross Krautman for the season due to a hip injury that will require surgery. Krautman is one of the most succesful kickers in SU history. He ranks third in career field goals (49), fourth in career extra points (110) and fifth in career points (257) at Syracuse. He tied the school record in season field goals in 2010 with 18. Krautman's 43 extra points last year ranks in a fourth-place tie on the SU list. In two games this season he was 4-of-5 on extra points and 1-of-2 on field goals.
The week off will help with any other nicks, dings, and aches as the team prepares for current #3 ranked Clemson who invades the Dome on October 5th.
The win was also the schools 700th all-time win, just the 16th FBS team to accomplish the feat.
Some numbers from the game:
C-A-I Yds. TD Long Sack
Montana, Nick 22-38-1 213 1 45 3
Hunt, Terrel 16-21-0 175 4 23 0
FIRST DOWNS TLN SU
Rushing 6 9
Passing 10 12
Penalty 2 4
NET YARDS RUSHING 121 205
Rushing Attempts 28 45
Average Per Rush 4.3 4.6
Rushing Touchdowns 1 3
Yards Gained Rushing 155 213
Yards Lost Rushing 34 8
NET YARDS PASSING 209 200
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 330 405