Season in Review: Home Opener

The Orange dominated FCS Wagner in the home opener, but the game told much more about the season to come. relives the first win of the year inside.

The Game:

Syracuse 54 Wagner 0

Brief Summary:

Syracuse returned home after an 0-2 start to face FCS Wagner. A win was expected by the Orange, but answered questions were what most were looking for. Could Drew Allen finally show promise?

The answer was no on the Allen front. He came out with three straight three-and-outs, paving the way for Terrel Hunt to steal the job. All Hunt did was leave five consecutive drives that ended in touchdowns as the Orange exerted their dominance and ran away from with the home opener.

Offensive Player of the Game:

Terrel Hunt was superb in his first extensive action of his career. He finished 15-18 for 265-yards and three touchdowns. He added 22-yards on the ground.

Defensive Player of the Game:

Jay Bromley continued his strong start to the season with two sacks and a forced fumble. He was proving to be a force in the middle for the Orange.

What We Learned:

Terrel Hunt had taken the reigns at quarterback with his stellar play throughout. Yes it was Wagner, but the difference in how the offense looked was clear. He gave Syracuse a weapon in the rushing game at quarterback and finally showed flashes of a productive passing attack.

The defense did what their job, shutting out an inferior opponent. It was the first time in several seasons that Syracuse dominated an opponent they were supposed to dominate.

Impact on the Season:

The win got Syracuse back on track and helped to answer a couple of questions. The strength of the team was clear. A strong rushing attack combined with solid defense.

Terrel Hunt was the answer at quarterback, as his strong play gave Syracuse fans hope. He would remain the starter for the rest of the season.

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