Syracuse gets its first win of the season in a blowout over Wagner. Here’s my knee-jerk reaction:
-Terrific performance by Terrel Hunt. He just grabbed the starting job and never looked back. A dominant game, 265 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions. He was composed, confident, and made all the right reads. He also gives the Orange a threat with his legs. The offense looks completely different with him under center. Not that Hunt will solve all the problems of SU, but if he’s clearly a dynamic play-maker the rest of the season, you have to wonder why the coaching staff chose Allen to begin the year. Did it cost the Orange two games?
-Syracuse took care of Wagner exactly the way we hoped. Never close, the flood gates open, the offense pours it on. For how critical we all have been of a suspect attack, even if it was against an FCS school, this was what the offense needed to feel better.
-Charlie Loeb played most of the 4th quarter, but wouldn’t it have benefitted the offense to have Drew Allen play as many reps as possible? If Hunt goes down with an injury (knock on wood) it’s imperative to make sure Allen can step in. Although maybe the staff was rewarding Loeb since he likely won’t see the field again the rest of his career.
-Love seeing young guys like George Morris, Devante McFarlane and Brisly Estime get some snaps. Those were all good recruiting wins by the Orange and letting these guys get some action was a nice reward for their hard work.
-Should be another blowout next week vs. Tulane, but the Orange can’t take anything for granted. Nice to see an easy win over a team that should’ve been exactly that.