Syracuse football scores in opening campaign to take lead at UConn

East Hartford, Conn. — The Syracuse football team takes on the Connecticut Huskies at 7 pm Saturday at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

See individual and team stats in the game here.

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First quarter

The UConn drive begins at 4:20 at the UConn 22nd Yard

Jason Simmons makes his season debut and closes hard with a flat pass for a small gain.

Zion Turner’s pass flies off the receiver toward the sideline and falls incomplete.

The Huskies go three and out on their second ride after Turner comes under immediate fire.

SCORE: Syracuse 10, UConn 0 with 4:26 remaining in the first quarter

Syracuse drive starts at 7:55 on your own 49

Freshman lineman Wes Hoeh in the game in SU’s second series. He is acting as a de facto booster when he wants to get into 11 people.

Shrader keeps it on 3 and 5 to move the chains. Orange haven’t had a lot of three-and-outs in the early stages of this season.

Shrader is hit while throwing but completes it towards Jackson.

Shrader snaps it off Trebor Pena, who makes a defender miss and gains a 17-yard gain to the 12-yard line.

On 3 and 7 from the 9-yard line, Shrader extends the play and tries to find Damien Alford in the back of the end zone. He passes the wide receiver. SU had an illegal man downfield. The field goal unit arrives.

UConn drive starts at 9:59 at 20

Nate Carter has 8 yards on his first carry for the Huskies, who then come off a pair of straight-play losses for a quick three-and-out. Mikel Jones there for the TFL on third down.

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UConn’s punt travels just 25 yards and Orange will start at midfield.

The crowd comes alive when a real husky is shown on the video board.

SCORE: Syracuse 7, UConn 0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter

Syracuse drive starts at 2:55 p.m. on your own 31

Garrett Shrader picks up where he left off a week ago, throwing a strike up the middle to Courtney Jackson to set up a small touchdown jumper from the quarterback on first-and-goal.

Shrader finds Devaughn Cooper on the run for 7 yards to go third and short. Shrader then finds Oronde Gadsden up the middle to move the chains for an early first down.

Shrader keeps his head downfield after feeling the pressure and moving up in the pocket, then fires a dart at Gadsden for another first down inside the red zone.

LeQuint Allen came in for a third-and-6 before Shrader scanned the field and hit a timed shot in a tight window to Jackson for the 14-yard completion. The play was initially ruled a touchdown before the replay overturned the decision and ruled that Jackson was at the 1-yard line.

Connecticut wins the toss and defers possession until the second half. Syracuse will get the ball first.

before the game

Update: Safety Jason Simmons Jr. made the trip and is presumably available to suit up for the first time this season. Simmons missed last week’s game against Louisville after going in and out of practice during preseason due to an upper-body injury.

Linebacker Derek McDonald will wear No. 15, and defensive back Neil Nunn will not be on the trip.

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Earlier: Greetings from East Hartford, where I’ll be your chaperone tonight as Syracuse (1-0, 1-0 ACC) takes on old Big East rival UConn (1-1).

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Syracuse’s last trip here was in 2016, the first season of Dino Babers. This year’s reunion features another first-year head coach in Jim Mora.

La Naranja enters the match as a 20-point favorite. A noon kick against Big Ten foe Purdue awaits next week.

If this plays out as expected, SU should be able to rest their starters in the second half.

Babers opted to keep running back Sean Tucker in the game late in last week’s 31-7 win against Louisville. He took some fans by surprise, given that Tucker briefly left the field early in the game and was medically evaluated at halftime.

Babers explained his reasoning after being asked about it by a person during his weekly radio show that aired Thursday night on Learfield’s Syracuse Sports Network.

Babers said he wanted Tucker, a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, to reach 100 yards. He let it go until it reached the mark before yanking it back. Babers reasoned that if Tucker was going to stay in the game, the first-team offensive line would stay in the game to protect the star’s back. And quarterback Garrett Shrader wouldn’t come out either, as that would allow the defense to pressure Tucker in the RPO game.

We’ll see if Tucker can keep fans from breaking a sweat this week.

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