Tigers Squeeze the Orange

Syracuse opened conference play in their new affiliation in less than impressive fashion as the Clemson Tigers showed why they are one of the nations best.

The hype and build-up proved to be overblown as Syracuse was run out of their own building by the third ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday by a final score of 49-14. Clemson came out firing as they got on the board in only 38 seconds when Tajh Boyd his Adam Humphries for a 60-yard score.

He would later hit Humphries on the same play for a 41-yard scoring toss to extend their lead to 21-0 in the first quarter. The Tiger offense moved the ball at will against an overmatched Syracuse secondary.

But the Orange did gain some momentum. After a 66-yard Jerome Smith touchdown run, the Syracuse defense forced a three-and-out. The Syracuse offense, which struggled all day, could do nothing with it and Clemson extended their lead to 35-7 at halftime.

The story stayed the same for the Syracuse offense in the second half despite some opportunities to close the gap. A missed field goal and failed fourth down attempt deep in Clemson territory kept the Tigers with a cushion. Then Boyd hit Sammie Watkins on a 91-yard touchdown to put it away.

Syracuse was never able to get back in it from there as they fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.

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