Evanston, Ill. - #19 Northwestern (2-0) crushed Syracuse (0-2) 48-27 at Ryan Field Saturday. The Orange has dropped both games this season to two Big Ten teams, Penn State and Northwestern. The Scott Shafer era has not gotten off to a great start and the first year head coach is taking full responsibility.
“We didn't play well in this game, and it starts with me.” Shafer said following the loss. “I have to fix these mistakes for next week,” the Coach continued.
The two-headed beast at quarterback was too much for the SU defense to handle. Senior Kain Colter and Junior Trevor Siemian combined for 375 passing yards and four touchdowns in the air. Colter added 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Wildcats. The SU defense allowed a total of 206 rushing yards to Northwestern.
As far as the SU offense, Jerome Smith found the endzone again. It was the captain’s third touchdown of the season and it ties the amount of touchdowns he had all of last year. Smith added 45 yards on just 11 carries. Senior quarterback Drew Allen failed to impress in his second game under center for the Orange. The Oklahoma transfer was intercepted four times by the Wildcats and compiled 279 yards.
With just under five minutes left in the game, Sophomore quarterback Terrell Hunt entered the game and scored on his first and only drive. The drive was capped off by a 15-yard run by Hunt. The sophomore was 2/4 with 22 passing yards and took three carriers for 30 yards.
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Despite Hunt’s touchdown and the four interceptions from Allen, Shafer maintained after the game that Allen is his man, “I love the way Drew Allen played tonight, he played his ass off against a good defense.”
Syracuse hosts Wagner next weekend in the home opener at the Carrier Dome next weekend. WAER’s coverage starts with Countdown to Kickoff at 3:30 with the game scheduled for 4pm.