That Escalated Quickly: Syracuse Defeats Villanova in 2OT

Syracuse survives as Hunt is ejected and the defense fails to show up.

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Well, that escalated quickly. Syracuse needed double overtime to get its first win of the season–and let me tell you, it was not pretty at all.

Terrel Hunt shocked the Carrier Dome when he was ejected late in the first half for throwing a punch at a Villanova player. A missed chip shot by Villanova gave the Orange life and Syracuse took advantage with a game-winning fake FG from punter Riley Dixon to Kendall Moore.

Hunt, who was 10-of-27 for 94 yards and 27 rushing yards, was totally inexcusable, especially given the consequence that followed.

Coach Shafer addressed the ejection:

“Any time you swing at a guy, it is suppose to be called and it is an automatic ejection, so it was a good call by the officials.”

But Shafer seemed understanding of Hunt, saying after the game:

“It’s an emotional game. You suffer the punishment and then you bring him back and get going.”

Luckily for the Orange, Shafer was able to come up with a plan during halftime with backup quarterback Austin Wilson. Wilson came out of the gate, completing eight of nine passes and leading a drive down the field to put the Orange up 17-7 midway into the third quarter.

The Wildcats dominated most of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 7:14 left. However, with the missed field goal and a failed but ballsy attempt for the 2-point conversion in the second overtime, the Wildcats could not hold on.

“At that time you have to pray that the defense will make a play and they came through,” said Ashton Broyld.

The Syracuse defense looked below average for a team that relied heavily on its defense last season. Julian Whigham did not play well in the first half and got beat several times down the field. As competition will only increase, the Orange will have to tighten up its pass coverage. Syracuse got to quarterback John Robertson, but only to see him scramble for several first downs. Robertson single-handedly kept Villanova in the game with his elusive running, which will give Syracuse defenders nightmares this week.

Syracuse might have snuck out with a win, but the team has plenty of issues to attend to before heading to Central Michigan.

Posted by: Zephan Mayell

44 Comments on this Post

  1. Bobby Bowden

    Well , SU escapes with , what appeared to be a ‘victory’ . But it looked like a ‘loss’ to most , and even ESPN said it … without really saying it . It looks like a 5-7 year for SU . If you can’t throttle a team like Villanova , then it’s over before it begins . But realistically looking at your schedule …. that is what I see , 5-7 season coming this year . I hope I’m wrong . I still wish the program to be where it was back in the 1980’s , as in , always were in the top 25 in the country . Good luck o/

  2. StevieCuse

    Looks like my decision to go to the fair last night instead of the SU debacle was the right one. Was drinking some milk and checking game updates in the dairy building and read that Hunt was ejected for punching another player. I cursed a bit, got a little pissed. Then went to the Villa for some fried dough. GO ORANGE!

  3. Lame post Stevie. You decided to drink a glass of milk instead of going to the season opener and you’re justifying it by saying you probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it anyway because of what you read while eating deep fried funnel cake and zeppoli? Really? Wow. Syracuse needs more fans like you, oh wait, we’ve got plenty of them. Sad.

    Bobby Bowden, thanks for stopping by. While I was not encouraged by last night, I think we’ll get some things straightened out and be OK. Thanks for the hope, but we’ll be OK.

  4. BK SU FB fan

    Ditto Malone. I too am upset but will be optimistic. I wasn’t going to put much stock in this game if it had gone positively as far as blowout. So I can’t get too low now.

    Hunt did not exhibit the kind of leadership we expect in that moment. He let himself get caught up in what he may have felt as a dangerous hit from that second defender on the tackle. As you will notice, that’s the on he punch. Hunt has gotta let the zebras enforce things and not put himself in a position to hurt the team. Hope for our sake he is eligible for next game and has learned from this.

    I really feel like nova would have been a good addition to the old big east .

  5. StevieCuse

    Hey, Malone, go on over to Syracuse.com – you’ll fit right in with all of the other nasty posters over there. And I doubt you were even at the game.

  6. Stevie,
    You think that was nasty!? I restated what you said, pointed out how sad it sounds. I then lamented that unfortunately, you are a good example of most Syracuse “fans”. I believe I read the fair set an attendance record that night. If you don’t want to go then don’t, that’s fine, but don’t come here and tell everyone how happy you are that you didn’t go, and then say that the little you got of the game through phone updates gave the clear picture to justify you opinion. I spent a late night at the office in NYC, but still managed to watch the game. Not as good as being there, but better than going to the fair 15 minutes away instead in my opinion. Was the fair closed Saturday? Pretty sure it’s running through tomorrow. Please don’t ever complain about MetLife games. Sorry if what I said upset you, but I still feel the need to say it. Fans in seats will help bring this program back.

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