More than a new Dome: Syracuse football defeats Georgia Tech 37-20 (Brent Axe recap)


Syracuse, N.Y. — It’s going to be hard to top this one as the most unique home opener in Syracuse football history.

Carrier Dome 2.0 opened on Saturday with its eye-popping new scoreboard, fresh field turf and new fixed roof, the nearly-finished product of a $118 million renovation.

It really hit that a new era was here with the sight of doors propped open at the Dome, an act that would have earned you a slap on the wrist in the past.

There is even air conditioning!

No paying customers were there to see the Orange take on the Yellow Jackets, a lingering annoyance of the Covid-19 era.

Covid-19 procedures also delayed the start of the game by 30 minutes. Syracuse stepped in to double-check tests on three players as the Orange were literally about to run on the field for Saturday’s game.

“Today’s Syracuse University football game against Georgia Tech was briefly delayed to allow for additional Covid-19 testing,” Syracuse University said in a statement.

“As part of Syracuse University’s and the ACC’s protocols, our student-athletes are tested multiple times throughout the week including on the Friday before games. All of yesterday’s tests came back negative. Out of an abundance of caution, we retested three members of our football program before kickoff of today’s game. These tests came back negative as well. This protocol was administered in consultation with the Onondaga County Health Department. Our testing protocol worked as it should; this is exactly why we have implemented such a strict and robust testing program. Syracuse University, and its ACC partners, have established and continue to implement a comprehensive public health strategy to safeguard the health and safety of all of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and communities.”

SU unveiled a ring of honor across from the press box that

Syracuse breaks out of rut, defeats Georgia Tech 37-20


“He really did his job,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. “He really went after it. We like guys who are hit at the 20 but not tackled until the 25 or 26.”

Jeff Sims completed 13 of 28 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets but had four interceptions at the hands of the opportunistic defense.

“Big focus all week was on not turning the ball over. Obviously, we didn’t do that,” said Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins. “Finishing in the red zone, finishing drives, obviously didn’t do that. That’s on me. I’ve go to do a better job getting guys ready. We have to protect the football.”

Jahmyr Gibbs, a freshman playing in just his second game for Tech, had 105 yards, the first 100-yard game of his brief career. Dontae Smith had a career-high 75 yards rushing.

Syracuse had scored 16 points, one touchdown and averaged 59 yards rushing in its first two games. In the first quarter alone, the Orange scored 17 points, two touchdowns and Tucker, who had just 23 yards on four carries in two games, registered 73 yards on the ground.

“It was great to see the offense come out and score some points and then the plays being made on special teams with the block (on a Georgia Tech field goal attempt), I thought it was a good team win,” said Babers, who acknowledged things were starting to “mount up” after two losses to open the season. “Do we need to get better? Yes. Are there areas we need to improve in? Yes. But going three games and getting our first win and now having the opportunity to heal up with a bye. Our opponents are all real, there are no gimmes. This bye is coming at a good

Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech updates: Live NCAA Football game scores, results for Saturday


Get ready for an ACC battle as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Syracuse Orange will face off at noon ET on Saturday at Carrier Dome. Georgia Tech won’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy an 8-point advantage in the spread.

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Yellow Jackets, who lost 49-21 against the UCF Knights last week. RB Jahmyr Gibbs put forth a good effort for the losing side as he punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to snatching one receiving TD.

Meanwhile, ‘Cuse was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their contest against the Pittsburgh Panthers last week. The Orange took a 21-10 hit to the loss column. No one had a standout game offensively for ‘Cuse, but they got scores from WR Taj Harris and QB Rex Culpepper. One of the most thrilling moments was Harris’ 69-yard TD reception in the second quarter.

With the two teams each stumbling in off of a loss, both will be hungry for the victory. Giving up five turnovers, Georgia Tech had had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if ‘Cuse can exploit that vulnerability.


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