Drew Allen got the starting nod for Syracuse, as expected, as the Orange battled Penn State in the season opener. Some sloppy play by both offenses resulted in a few turnovers and the Orange on the wrong side of a 6-3 halftime score.
The Syracuse defensed appeared ready early with an interception of Penn State freshman Christian Hackenberg by Jeremi Wilkes. Both coaches showed some aggressiveness, going for it on fourth on a few occasions. However, both were largely conservative in their play calling.
Things changed in the second half as Allen Robinson scored early in the third, followed by a Jerome Smith touchdown run after a long completion from Allen to Jeremiah Kobena. The Orange and Nittany Lions trade turnovers as the game entered the fourth with Syracuse trailing 13-10.
Syracuse and Penn State trade touchdowns in the fourth with Eugene Lewis and Jerome Smith. Syracuse was unable to take advantage of the ball with a chance to take the lead on two separate occasions, and the Orange fall in the season opener. 23-17.