Domination. The Syracuse Orange did what they said they would all week. Correct their mistakes and put a much better product on the field. A suffocating defense and sharp Terrel Hunt led the way as Syracuse dominated Central Michigan 40-3 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Orange offense showed signs early, but managed only three points despite deep penetration on their first two drives. The game turned on an Eric Crume strip sack of Cooper Rush, which was scooped up by Marqez Hodge and returned for a touchdown. That put Syracuse up 10-3, and they never looked back.
Terrel Hunt threw for one touchdown and ran for three more as he paced an efficient and effective Orange offensive attack. He matched his career high with 92 rushing yards. Adonis Ameen-Moore eclipsed the century mark with 105-yards on just nine carries. Freshman Ervin Philips added 55-yards on nine carries.
The Syracuse defense was swarming all game, forcing several fumbles, sacking the Chippewas five times and holding to less than 40-yards rushing. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough had his players blitzing from everywhere and put a lot of pressure on Chippewa quarterback Cooper Rush, including a safety by linebacker Cameron Lynch.
The key for the Orange was controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which they did to perfection throughout their dominating victory.
With the win, the Orange improve to 2-0 on the season setting up a showdown with Maryland next Saturday in the Carrier Dome.