Syracuse opened its newly renovated Carrier Dome in style, picking up the Orange’s first victory of the season by taking out fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Georgia Tech.
All three phases of the game played a vital role for the Orange, as the offense was powered by 100-yard rusher Sean Tucker, Syracuse’s defense nabbed four interceptions – including a pick-six – and special teams used a 49-yard kickoff return to set up a score and blocked a field goal.
Tucker, a freshman, finished with 111 yards and had touchdown runs of 38 and 4 yards in the first quarter to power Syracuse to a quick 17-0 advantage. Former Syracuse Chapter leader and punter Nolan Cooney continues to shine for the Orange. The senior averaged 49.2 yards on five punts including a long of 55 yards and dropped one inside the 20-yard-line.
Baylor: Senior running back Trestan Ebner put together one of the best all-around performances in Bears history, accounting for 272 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Kansas in the season opener. Ebner scored on kickoff returns of 100 and 83 yards, added a one-yard TD run and hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass. He became the first player in the 25-year history of the Big 12 to score touchdowns on a run, a reception and a return in the same game. Ebner had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game last season, but he is the first Bear to record a return for a score and catch a TD pass in the same game since Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter Success Manager Levi Norwood did it in 2013 against Texas Tech.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets offense posted its third straight 400-plus yard game, but five turnovers and 15 penalties proved too much to overcome on the road against fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Syracuse. Georgia Tech outgained the Orange 453-357, but Syracuse turned those five turnovers into 17 points – the final margin on the scoreboard. True freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbs had 105 yards in only his second collegiate game, becoming the first Tech true freshman RB to eclipse 100 yards since 2016.
NC State: A slow start hampered the Wolfpack on the road against No. 20 Virginia Tech. The Hokies outgained NC State 166-36 in the first quarter and led 17-0 after 15 minutes. One bright spot, Wolfpack kicker Christopher Dunn drilled a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Dunn’s boot tied for the fourth longest kick in school history, and the longest since John Deraney had a 54-yard FG in 2006. The field goal was Dunn’s 13th consecutive dating back to last season.
Florida State: Roughed up by a Miami defense that posted six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and three interceptions, the Seminoles dropped to 0-2 with a road loss to the Hurricanes. Florida State Chapter President and linebacker DeCalon Brooks had three tackles and broke up a pair of passes.