0 Comments Published on 9.24.2013 by Brian Harrison
Mr. Hunt, the job is yours.
Technically this was the first career start for Terrel Hunt. Drew Allen still had the honors against Wagner. But Hunt played most of the game and resulted in most of the scores. This was the first time the job was clearly his. He didn't disappoint. It started with the first drive and you couldn't ask for a much better performance from the first time starter. The rest of the team also played extremely well, and will be rewarded with high marks. Syracuse is your winner 52-17.
Hunt (16/21, 181yds, 4 TD, 0 INT, 1 Rush TD) could not have had a better game. He started from the first drive. He helped engineer a touchdown drive in the first two minutes and twenty seconds, capped off by a fantastic one handed grab by Jerome Smith. Syracuse overall had 405 total yards, 25 first downs, 7-14 third down conversions, 1-1 on fourth down conversions, and didn't lead in time of possession only due to the great starting field position the special teams gave the Orange often. Drew Allen even had a decent game. The offense played very well and while not unstoppable, played their best offensive game of the season.
Overall the defense played well, limiting Tulane to 330 total yards and only 4-14 on third downs. They also had an interception, recovered a fumble, and sacked QB Nick Montana three times. Honestly, it would have been awful hard for the defense to earn another A after last weekend, pitching a shut out. However, the defense overally did well. However, you can see that a more talented team will be able to torch the secondary if they don't improve soon.
I can't even remember seeing a game that had two blocked punts. Then to have a recovery after first being touched by Tulane is the kind of blunter we were used to Syracuse committing in the recent past. The special teams played a virtually perfect game. Save for the kick coverage after Syracuse first kicked to Tulane, the coverage on both punts and kicks were solid. Syracuse's kick and punt returns were also great. Ryan Nortin, now the definite starting kicker, was perfect on the day, hitting his one field goal attempt and all seven extra points. Those kids never took off a down, unlike the Tulane special teams.
Syracuse only had 38 yards of penalties, down from 65 the previous game. But besides being a better diciplined team, Syracuse's offensive game plan was executed to perfection. But really, the best decision the coaches made was to say Hunt was the starter on Tuesday.
This might be a first A GPA in the history of the Report Card postgame articles. Syracuse did virtually everything right, and went vastly above and beyond competent to outstanding on special teams. A total win in every phase of the game for Syracuse.
Syracuse now has a week off, and we all know Syracuse is undefeated against The Bye. The Orange have a little extra time to prepare for the Clemson buzz saw coming into the Carrier Dome for Homecoming and the first ACC Conference game for Syracuse. Should be bonkers, one way or another.