SU football gets pounded by Georgia Tech, falls to 3-4

Vad Lee pitches the ball against Syracuse on Saturday

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored early and often against the SU football team, pounding the Orange 56 to 0.

The talk going into the game was focused on the Georgia Tech option offense, which proved to be the difference from the opening kickoff to the final play.

After the SU offense went 3-and-out in their opening possession, the SU defense forced a turnover, as Ri'Shard Anderson picked off a DeAndrew Smelter pass deep in Orange territory.

The Orange ran and passed well on their next possession, but two straight plays in the backfield forced a 3rd and long the Orange could not recover from. On the ensuing punt, Chris Milton broke through the line and blocked Riley Dixon's punt attempt, getting great Georgia Tech field position.

That's when the option went to work. Four plays later, Synjyn Davis plowed into the end zone for touchdown, putting the Yellow Jackets up 7-0.

Two penalties paralyzed the Orange's next drive. And on 2nd and 28, Quayshawn Nealy intercepted Terrel Hunt's pass on his own 29-yard line. Vad Lee and David Sims ran the ball down the field, guiding a nine play, 71 yard drive, capped off by a Zach Laskey 6-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 Yellow Jackets.

The Orange punted once again on their next possession. Georgia Tech then ran 12 times in a row before the SU defense was able to force a 3rd and goal from the 13-yard line. Vad Lee's pass was incomplete, but Micah Robinson was called for roughing the passer. Two plays later, Vad Lee ran in for a 3-yard touchdown run.

The SU offense continued to sputter, and came to a breaking point when Terrel Hunt was sacked by Jemea Thomas and fumbled. Quayshawn Nealy recovered the loose ball and ran it to SU's 7-yard line.

With time winding down in the half, Vad Lee ran in for a one-yard touchdown. The Orange went into the locker room at the half down 28-0, the largest halftime deficit of the season in all of ACC play.

On their next possession, Georgia Tech scored...on a Vad Lee hit Darren Waller for 46 yards to make it 35-0.

Drew Allen started the second half at QB, but threw his 9th interception of the season to Louis Young. That led to a Zach Laskey touchdown for the Yellow Jackets, making it 42-0.

After another SU punt, backup Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas came in and broke off one of the biggest plays of the game, rushing 50 yards for a the touchdown. It was 49-0 Yellow Jackets by the end of the third quarter.

SU could not get anything going on offense once again, and the Yellow Jackets once again responded with a nine play 76-yard drive. Zach Laskey made it 56-0 from a yard out, his third touchdown of the game.

Terrel Hunt finished 7/14 for 68 yards and an interception. Drew Allen went 6/15 for 65 yards and an interception. Georgia Tech ran for 394 yards, and passed for 88 with just five completions. Vad Lee was 3/3 passing for those 88 yards and a touchdown. Lee also ran for 72 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Georgia Tech was led in rushing by Justin Thomas, who had 10 carries for 95 yards.

SU has a bye next week, then hosts Wake Forest in the Carrier Dome on November 2nd.

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