Sports SUmmary: Syracuse football suffers first loss of the year to No. 5 Clemson

Sports SUmmary: Syracuse football suffers first loss to Clemson

Men’s basketball wins first exhibition game of the season, beating Indiana PA.
Published: October 26, 2022
SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Sean Tucker #34 of the Syracuse Orange rushes the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at JMA Wireless Dome on September 23, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. Tucker rushed for 60 yards on 21 carries. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez)
Syracuse running back Sean Tucker rushes the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at JMA Wireless Dome on September 23, 2022.

After six games filled with game winning drives, ACC player of the week awards and victories, Syracuse’s undefeated season came to a close on Saturday in Death Valley against Clemson, falling 27-21.

The Orange, now ranked No. 16, had an 11-point lead going into the half. However, a quarterback change for Clemson in the third quarter, helped the Tigers come back and defeat Syracuse for their 38th consecutive home win, which is now officially the longest streak in ACC history. 

There were some questionable calls from the Orange coaching staff throughout the game. Star running back Sean Tucker had a season low of five carries for 54 yards. Less than two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers waited an extra 25 seconds to call a timeout. If he didn’t wait, Syracuse could’ve had the ball back with more time than they did. 

While the defeat was a demoralizing one for the Orange, there were some bright spots for the team during the game. 

Syracuse caused four Clemson turnovers, which marked the Tigers’ most turnovers in a game all year. One of these four turnovers included an impressive fumble that was recovered by defensive back Ja’Had Carter, who then returned it for a 90-yard touchdown. Wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II continued his pace towards a 1,000 yard season with six catches for 86-yards.

While the loss for the Orange was a painful one considering the double digit lead they possessed, Syracuse remains a top 20 ranked team and will attempt to avenge themselves at home Saturday at noon against Notre Dame (4-3).

Men’s basketball defeats Indiana University of Pennsylvania in first exhibition game

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team defeated Indiana PA by 18 points on Tuesday. After the first half the Orange were down by just one point, but Syracuse came back dominant in the second half out-scoring the Crimson Hawks 54-38.

Syracuse guards Joseph Girard III and Judah Mintz, center Jesse Edwards and forward Benny Williams combined for 62 points, and the Orange forced the Crimson Hawks to shoot 39.1% from the field. 

After last season was filled with poor defense, injuries and underwhelming performances, it was important for the Orange to start off the season strong with a convincing victory to help turn the page from a tumultuous last season. 

Men’s basketball has their second and final exhibition game Tuesday at the JMA Wireless Dome against Southern New Hampshire.

Women’s rowing has two boats in top 20

Syracuse women’s rowing showed off their skills on Sunday, having two boats finish in the top 20 at the Head of the Charles tournament on the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts

One boat finished 8th and another finished 20th. The stellar performance by the Orange was an improvement from last season’s 17th place finish. 

Women’s rowing has their third and final race of the year on November 6 at the Princeton Chase, located at Lake Carnegie.