Syracuse, NY - Today Syracuse football began a new era in the refurbished Carrier Dome hosting Georgia Tech in their home opener of the 2020 season without fans in attendance.
The Orange had a challenging first two weeks of the season (loss to # 18 North Carolina 6-31, loss to #25 Pittsburgh 10-21) and wanted to start things off on the right foot at home.
Under new lights, a new roof, center-hung scoreboard the Orange earned their first win of the season 37-20 over the Yellow Jackets to improve to a 1-2 overall record.
This game was initially delayed about 30 minutes because three Syracuse players had inconclusive coronavirus tests and needed to be re-tested to confirm negative tests. Using rapid testing, they were indeed confirmed negative and play began.
Once it was game time it was the freshman Sean Tucker who stepped up to the plate.
First quarter freshman running back broke through tackles to score his first career touchdown and the first touchdown in the Dome.
Later in the first quarter, Tucker muscles his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day. He rushed for 111 yards in regulation.
Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito showed some confidence today, throwing for 194 yards including two 40 plus touchdown passes to Taj Harris (46) and Nykeim Johnson (43).
The fourth quarter would be highlighted by a Ja'had Carter interception who would give a lateral pass to Trill Williams who runs it for 43 yards for the touchdown. Syracuse tallied 4 interceptions on the day.
Orange defense was without All-American safety Andre Cisco who was ruled out of this game after colliding with teammate Ed Hendrix during warmups.
This is Syracuse’s first win of the season and their first win in the new Carrier Dome era.
The Orange have a bye next week. They return to action on October 10 at home vs. Duke.