Syracuse never stood a chance in this game. The triple option was too much right from the start. The Orange's strategy of using a 3-4 to stop the Yellow Jackets backfired, as they gave up 394-yards on the ground.
The Syracuse offense was just as anemic, only mustering 208-yards of total offense on their way to being shut out. Georgia Tech scored multiple touchdowns in each of the first three quarters as they blew out the shell shocked Orange.
Offensive Player(s) of the Game:
If you had to pick one, it would go to Prince-Tyson Gulley who averaged over five yards per carry on seven totes. But it was a woeful day for the Syracuse offense.
Defensive Player(s) of the Game:
Marqez Hodge received a lot of playing time due to the 3-4 alignment. He was the lone bright spot on defense with a team leading 12 tackles.
What We Learned:
The Syracuse strategy to stop the triple option failed miserably. Despite facing a largely one-dimensional offense, the Orange were overmatched. They simply had no answers for the Georgia Tech ground attack.
Offensively, the Orange showed they still have a long way to go. They could run the ball consistently against the Jackets and Terrel Hunt struggled with his accuracy. Major question marks were arising about the Syracuse passing attack as it has been poor since conference play began.
Impact on the Season:
The blowout loss heading into a bye gave Syracuse the motivation it needed in order to refocus for the stretch run. The Orange moved on from the lackluster performance and focused on getting better. They would respond when they returned home.