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.