When Syracuse University officials put the word out that game day Friday for the big Atlantic Coast Conference 2014 opener against Louisville was going to be marked by an Orange Out, I had hopes for something pretty cool in this city of ours.
Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula, coach Scott Shafer announced on Monday.
Hunt needed to be helped off the field after getting hit twice during the fourth quarter of Syracuse's 28-6 loss to Louisville. He initially waved off SU training staff, but struggled to put weight on his left leg.
Terrel Hunt held his arms up in disbelief. His last-ditch spike attempt at the end of the first half left no time on the clock to run a play from the Louisville 2-yard line.
It left the struggling quarterback with a frustrated feeling.
And once again, it left the Orange (2-3, 0-1 ACC) without any points in the red zone.
“It wasn’t good enough,” Scott Shafer said on his team’s performance. “It wasn’t good enough to get it done. So we have to go back to work and try to get it better. It’s so simple it’s hard to comprehend, but it the God’s honest truth.”
Syracuse returns home for its ACC opener, hoping to avenge a disappointing loss last week in MetLife. The Louisville Cardinals, meanwhile, return to get revenge against the team that spoiled their undefeated season back in 2012.
A pair of former Big East teams will match up on Friday night when Syracuse (2-2) hosts Louisville (4-1) in the Carrier Dome.
“It’s always great to play Louisville,” safety Durell Eskridge said. “I’m happy they’re in the ACC. They were one of our top opponents in the Big East.”