Head Coach Scott Schafer is still looking for that inaugural win, not only as the new head coach of the Orange, but also as a member of the ACC.
Coach Shafer??s squad had their work cut out for them in their game against the number 19 ranked Northwestern Wildcats.
First year starter Drew Allen and the Orange offense had a slow start, falling behind 34-7 at the end of the first half.
The Orange came out of the tunnel fighting in the second half, scoring a touchdown on their first drive in the third quarter, and forcing the Wildcats into two straight punts. The dual-quarterback threat of Trevon Green and Kain Coulter proved too much for the Orange, and they fell to Northwestern by a final score of 48-27. Drew Allen was 27/41 passing for 279 yards, but he threw 4 interceptions. Back-up Terrell Hunt got in the game and went 2/4 for 22 yards. Syracuse will have a better chance to pick up that elusive first win on September 14 against Wagner, a game they??ll be heavily favored to win.
That is the first of three games at the Dome, culminating on October 5 with a game against third-ranked Clemson.