Second straight blowout for SU football, this time over Tulane
With Terrel Hunt making his first career start at quarterback, the SU football team dominated the Tulane Green Wave, with a 52-17 victory.
Hunt was dominant at the quarterback position once again, leading the Orange down the field on SU's first drive of the game. The 7 play, 75 yard drive was capped off by a 15 yard Jerome Smith touchdown run, making the score 7-0 Orange.
After Tulane kicked a field goal, Hunt led the Orange to another touchdown, this time with a 19-yard completion to Christopher Clark, making the score 14-3 Orange.
That's when the Orange blocked one of two punts on the day, as Darius Kelly got through, blocking Peter Picerelli's punt, giving the Orange the ball on the Tulane 6 yard line. Hunt then hit Clay Cleveland for a 5-yard touchdown, giving the Orange a 21-3 lead.
Tulane answered with a Rob Kelley 65-yard touchdown run, but on SU's next possession, Terrel Hunt used his legs for a score this time, running 16 yards to give SU the 28-10 lead.
The SU punt return unit then blocked another punt, which led to a Prince Tyson-Gulley touchdown run, putting the Orange up 35-10 early in the second quarter.
Tulane drove all the way down the field on their next possession, getting to the SU 2 yard line. Cam Lynch stepped up with sack, pushing the Green Wave back 8 yards. Tulane elected to kick on fourth down, but Cairo Santos had his 32-yard field goal attempt blocked by John Raymon, ending the Tulane threat.
Nick Montana would throw his first touchdown of the game to cut the lead to 35-17, but Hunt, working in the two-minute drill, led the Orange from their own 15 down the field, connecting with Clark at the Tulane one yard line with just seven seconds to go in the half. After getting stuffed at the line, on the next play Jerome Smith punched it in to give Syracuse a 42-17 halftime lead.
SU would score 10 points in the second half of the blowout victory, with several second-team players getting some action, including former starter at quarterback Drew Allen.
Hunt finished 16 for 21 for 175 yards and four touchdowns in the air, with seven carries for 39 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Tulane QB Nick Montana went 22 for 38 for 213 yards and a touchdown, he also threw an interception.
Syracuse has a bye next Saturday, before hosting #3 Clemson in the Carrier Dome on October 5th.