EVANSTON, Ill. - Syracuse was outmatched by Northwestern's defense and two-quarterback system and lost the second game of the season, 48-27 at Ryan Field on Saturday night, despite second half efforts. The Orange move to an 0-2 record while the Wildcats improve to 2-0 on the season.
Ashton Broyld and Christopher Clark lead the offense with a combined 13 catches for 128 yards. Jerome Smith, Kendall Moore, Prince-Tyson Gulley and Terrel Hunt each had a touchdown in the contest.
Smith lead the SU rushers with 11 yards on 45 carries and with his touchdown has matched his TD total from all of last season.
Drew Allen went 27-41-4 and threw one touchdown pass. Hunt, who took over for Allen late in the fourth quarter, went 2-4 and rushed for a touchdown.
The Wildcat defense created four turnovers off four interceptions. SU failed to create a turnover despite a forced fumble from Jay Bromley.
Northwestern took an early 7-0 lead, scoring 51 seconds into the game when Treyvon Green caught an eight yard pass from Kain Colter and ran it into the left corner of the end zone. Colter went 4-4 on four plays, marching the Wildcats 75 yards down the field to score on the opening drive.
NU put three more on the board with 3:11 minutes left in the first quarter off a field goal by Jeff Budzien. After Jay Bromley forced Colter to fumble, which was recovered by the Wildcats, the SU defense fended off a touchdown reception and held Northwester to a 32-yard kick.
Trevor Siemian started the second quarter for NU and went 4-4 to get the Wildcats six more points on the board. Siemian put Northwestern past midfield when he hit Tony Jones with a 32-yard toss and found Dan Vitale at the seven yard line, who ran it in for another NU touchdown. Budzien's PAT was good to put the Wildcats up 17-0 with 12:38 remaining in the first half.
Traveon Henry intercepted a long pass from Drew Allen with 11 minutes left in the half to give Northwestern the ball at the NU 46 yard line. Siemian started the drive off with a 43-yard bomb to Tony Jones, which got the Wildcats in scoring range. Budzien hit a 21-yard field goal with 9:21 left in the second quarter, giving NU a 20-0 lead.
Syracuse got on the board toward the end of the second quarter when Smith found his way into the end zone on a three-yard rush. Credit Broyld for getting into scoring territory as he had a crucial block allowing Clark to make a sideline catch and then caught a 27-yard reception of his own to put SU inside the five yard line. Ross Krautman's PAT cut the Northwestern lead to 20-7 with 6:29 to play in the half.
Colter scrambled for 16 yards and was held off from the goal-line by Brandon Reddish, but managed to stick his arm out to cross the plane of the end zone before he was tackled for a touchdown. Northwestern took a 27-7 lead with 2:38 left in the half.
NU finished off the first half with a five-yard touchdown pass thrown by Siemian and caught by Christian Jones. Budzien's PAT was good to give the Wildcats a 34-7 lead heading into the locker room.
The Orange offense stormed into the second half, marching 75 yards down the field to score on a Kendall Moore 16-yard reception, the first of his career. Krautman missed the extra point attempt, ending his PAT streak at 66. Syracuse trailed the Wildcats 34-13 with 12:32 left in the third quarter.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, Siemian threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Tony Jones, putting Northwestern ahead of Syracuse 41-13 with 14:48 to play in the game.
Gulley stumbled his way into the end zone with 10:22 remaining in the second half to add six more to the SU side of the scoreboard. Krautman added one more with his PAT kick and brought the score to 41-20.
Northwestern scored with 5:18 left in the game off a 28-yard run by Green for his second touchdown of the game, which gave the Wildcats a 48-20 advantage.
In his first action of the season, Hunt took things into his own hands, rushing 30 yards in his first drive and ending with a scramble into the end zone to give Syracuse a final score in the game and end the game with a 48-27 loss to Northwestern