Any fears of Syracuse football coming in flat against Wagner in the Dome were wiped by the defense and then, once Terrel Hunt entered the game, the offense joined the dominance. SU found their QB for the season as Hunt has a knack for moving the ‘O’. Drew Allen who looks like a QB with loads of talent but also with a large amount of rust led the offense on the first three possessions garnering 3 points. Hunt came on the field and the rout was on. Hunt was 15-18 for 265 yds. and 3 TDs; of his seven led-drives this season including last week against Northwestern he has led the offense to 6 TDs and one FG.
The running game got untracked and showed the potential we all knew was there led by our beast of a runner Jerome Smith (14 carries for 61 yds., 2 TDs). He wasn't alone; rising freshman George Morris II, the heralded runner from Georgia continues to show his wares with 9 touched for 56 yds. and a 6.2 average, for the season the freshman has 13 for 72 and 5.5 avg. Gulley, Moore, Hunt, and McFarlane joined in along with Estime and Tobias to churn out 236 yards on the day with three touchdowns.
Hunt had an effect on the receiving corps too as West, Kobena, Broyld and Co. gathered in 28 balls for 359 yds. and 4 scores with a long of 65 and several +20 yard plays.
SU as a team had what amounted to a live practice against the FBS team and let’s admit it; they needed to flex and stretch and get some good mojo happening and now. The Tulane Green Wave comes calling next and the team will be coming looking for the win, they also have a long week having played Thursday. Syracuse meanwhile needs to display the tenacity they did against Wagner while not looking ahead to the giant hovering in the distance in the mighty Clemson Tigers; waiting to pounce on the Dome and welcome SU to the ACC.
That is the stuff of nightmares so let’s ride the Green Wave first.