In a tough environment against what was considered a very good team on the road, Syracuse was overmatched in all areas. They couldn't stop the Wildcats on the ground or through the air, giving up nearly 600-yards of total offense.
Northwestern blew the doors off of Syracuse right away, scoring in less than one minute to start the game. Things didn't get better from there as Syracuse trailed 34-7 at the half. Drew Allen struggled once again, throwing four interceptions. The ground attack became obsolete because of the huge deficit.
Syracuse fell to 0-2 on the season in a lethargic performance.
Offensive Player of the Game:
Ashton Broyld was one of the few bright spots for Syracuse, hauling in seven catches for 62-yards. He appeared to be close to taking that next step.
Defensive Player of the Game:
Jay Bromley had a strong game for an otherwise underwhelming defensive performance. He finished with two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.
What We Learned:
Drew Allen was not the answer at quarterback. He struggled to move the ball all game, turned the ball over and lacked consistent accuracy. When Terrel Hunt came in after the game was already over, he showed flashes of ability.
Hunt led a touchdown drive on Syracuse's final possession, showing the ability tuck and run effectively. That was the biggest takeaway from this game. But Bromley also showed his game had drastically improved, and he was already a very good player.
The secondary was not quite what most thought it would be, and really struggled for the second straight week. After two games, there were a ton of question marks surrounding this team. Some even wondered if Scott Shafer was over his head.
Impact on the Season:
The loss put Syracuse in an 0-2 hole. The good news for the Orange was Wagner and Tulane were coming into the Carrier Dome for the next two games, giving Syracuse the chance to even their record.
The biggest impact on this season was Terrel Hunt's drive at the end of the game. It only heightened the quarterback discussion in Central New York, and he would take over for good the following week.