ATLANTA, GA - Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) was throttled 56-0 to Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday. The Orange offense struggled to get off the ground, amassing just 75 total rushing yards and 133 passing yards. SU head coach Scott Shafer was most frustrated with his team's inability to stay disciplined.
"Too many penalties today," coach Shafer said, in reference to his team's nine infractions for 91 yards. "We need to mature quickly as a team, but it starts with me."
The Yellow Jackets were led by redshirt sophomore QB Vad Lee, who ran for 72 yards and two TDs, and added 88 yards and a touchdown passing. Zach Laskey was Tech's top running back, with 75 yards and a career-high three TDs.
"I'm disappointed in myself," Shafer added. "We got our butt kicked today by a great team."
Terrel Hunt made just his fourth career start for the Orange, but was pulled in the second half after the 'Cuse went down 28-0. He was replaced by redshirt senior Drew Allen. Hunt was 7-for-14 for 68 yards and an interception. Allen didn't do much better, completing 6 of 15 passes for 65 yards and a pick.
"For me it was just a matter of we were struggling and give a Drew a shot to get in there and see if we can get a spark," Shafer said. "But we'll start back up with Terrel tomorrow and keep fighting the good fight to get better with both of those kids."
Georgia Tech was led by redshirt sophomore QB Vad Lee, who ran for 2 TDs and passed for another. Lee orchestrated four touchdown-scoring drives in the first half alone - 24 yards, 71, 82 yards, 7 yards - that required zero pass attempts and faced only two third downs. That gave the Yellow Jackets a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Syracuse drops to below .500 in the ACC with the loss (1-2). This game with Tech was the Orange's annual 'rotating crossover' game, with a different member from the Coastal division each year. The Orange is off next week with a bye. It resumes play with Wake Forest in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, November 2nd. Game time is TBA. But as always, WAER's coverage will start a half-hour prior scheduled kick-off with "Countdown to Kick-off." Feature stories from the day's broadcast here: http://waersports.podbean.com