Sports SUmmary: Football continues to groove on the gridiron for first AP ranking since 2019

Sports SUmmary: SU football grooves on the gridiron for first ranking since 2019

Orange volleyball extends its winning streak to four with win over Virginia Tech on Sunday.
Published: October 5, 2022 | Updated: October 10th, 2022 at 1:40 pm
SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 1: Sean Tucker #34 of Syracuse Orange runs towards the edge against the Wagner Seahawks at JMA Wireless Dome on October 1, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez)
#34 Sean Tucker of Syracuse runs towards the edge against the Wagner Seahawks at JMA Wireless Dome on Oct. 1.

After a dominant start to the season, the Orange are ranked number 22 in the AP Poll, the first time Syracuse has been ranked since 2019. Syracuse is also 5-0 for the first time since 1987. The ’87 team was composed of six players who were drafted to the NFL the following year. 

Syracuse star running back Sean Tucker was unstoppable on Saturday, rushing for a career high 232 yards, the seventh most in program history. The Orange beat the Wagner Seahawks 59-0.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader was a perfect 17-17 in the passing game, throwing for 238 yards. Shrader threw touchdowns to wide receivers Devaughn Cooper and Umari Hatcher, and recorded two of his own.  

The defense put up a stellar effort, not only shutting out the Seahawks, but limiting them to just 50 total yards of offense, the fewest allowed by the Orange since 1964. This game win also extended Wagner’s losing streak to 24 games.

With the score being 49-0 Syracuse at the half, Wagner and Syracuse agreed to play 10-minute quarters for the second half. The first time that two teams have agreed to shorten a second half since Clemson was beating South Carolina 45–0 in 2016, where both teams agreed to shorten the quarters from 15 minutes to 12.   

After a bye week, Syracuse plays No. 14 ranked NC State at the JMA Wireless Dome on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Syracuse volleyball stays hot

Syracuse volleyball extended its winning streak to four this past weekend, going on the road and beating both Wake Forest 3-2 and Virginia Tech 3-1 in a 48 hour span. 

After her dominant weekend which included a season high of 28 kills, outside hitter Polina Shemanova was named the ACC player of the week. 

Shemanova is now only 26 kills away from obtaining the school record for most kills, a record that has been held by right side hitter Dana Fiume for over 20 years.

Right side hitter Naomi Franco and outside hitter Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk also both had dominant weekends, totaling a combined 53 kills. 

The Orange are now 4-0 in conference play, and will look to continue their dominance in conference play on Friday when they face Notre Dame (5-9) and on Sunday against No. 2 ranked Louisville.

Orange in the NBA

Syracuse alumni Cole Swider made his preseason NBA debut on Monday for the Los Angeles Lakers, tallying 10 points in 19 minutes of play against the Sacramento Kings. Swider showed off his range, making two three-pointers, including a deep one over 6’9 Trey Lyles. Last year’s leading scorer for the Orange, Buddy Boeheim made his debut for the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday as well. 

#35 Buddy Boeheim sets up for a shot in a game against Boston College on February 19.
#35 Buddy Boeheim sets up for a shot in a game against Boston College on Feb. 19.