Crusaders fall at Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito passed for 269 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Orange to a 41-3 victory over the Holy Cross football team at the Carrier Dome. The Crusaders fall to 1-3 on the year with the loss, while Syracuse improves to 3-2 overall.
The Orange opened the scoring at the 11:46-mark of the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from DeVito to Aaron Hackett. Syracuse added a 17-yard scoring strike from DeVito to Trishton Jackson and a 52-yard field goal by Sterling Hofrichter to make the score 17-0 after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore placekicker Derek Ng booted a 48-yard field goal to put the Crusaders on the board. The Orange responded with a 19-yard touchdown run by Abdul Adams and led 24-3 at the break.
In the third quarter, Syracuse used a 26-yard field goal by Andrew Szmyt and a 47-yard scoring strike from DeVito to Taj Harris to go in front 34-3. The Orange then concluded the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown pass from DeVito to Luke Benson early in the fourth quarter.
Syracuse finished the day with 429 yards of total offense while picking up 10 first downs. Holy Cross was able to total just 138 yards and 10 first downs. Junior wide out Tenio Ayeni led the Crusaders with four receptions for 64 yards, while sophomore running back Peter Oliver added 41 yards on 15 carries. Junior defensive back Joe Lang posted a game-high 12 tackles with one tackle for loss.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 5, when it travels to Bucknell for its Patriot League opener.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Ng’s 48-yard field goal was the longest of his collegiate career and tied for the second-longest in school history.
• Junior defensive back Grant Holloman posted his first career interception during the fourth quarter.
• This marked the fourth time Holy Cross has faced an FBS opponent in the last three years, after previously not facing an FBS team since 2002.