Syracuse was able to even their record as Terrel Hunt once again led a potent offensive attack that jumped on the Green Wave right away. Hunt threw three first quarter touchdown passes as the Orange put up 42 points in the first half.
The Orange defense stepped up in the second half, pitching a shutout over the final two quarters. Clay Cleveland had a night to remember with two touchdown catches in a career performance for the unheralded fullback.
Special made some big plays including Darius Kelly blocking a punt that set up a Syracuse touchdown.
Offensive Player of the Game:
Terrel Hunt was superb in his first career start. He finished 16-21 for 181-yards and four touchdowns. He added 39-yards on the ground and another score.
Defensive Player of the Game:
Cameron Lynch led the Syracuse defense with nine tackles, 2.5 of which were for a loss. He also had a sack for the Orange who were dominant defensively in the second half.
What We Learned:
Terrel Hunt now had a strangle hold on the quarterback position. With two straight stellar performances, Syracuse fans were thinking they had found the future signal caller for years to come.
The defense continued to be a strength for the Orange who were developing a reputations as being stout against the run.
Impact on the Season:
Syracuse got back to .500 with another dominating win. The Orange were starting to gain some momentum heading into the bye as Terrel Hunt put up big numbers and the ground game continues to be a strength.
Bowl hopes were alive once again with Hunt's emergence and a defense that continues to play well.