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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (suathletics.com) – Syracuse (0-1) started the Scott Shafer era with a 23-17 loss to Penn State (1-0) on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the second New York's College Classic at MetLife Stadium. Junior captain Jerome Smith was responsible for both Orange touchdowns, scoring on runs of 10 yards and one yard in the second half. Smith finished the game with 16 carries for 73 yards.
Senior Drew Allen got the starting nod at quarterback for Syracuse and threw for 189 yards on 16-of-37 passing. He was intercepted twice, including one on third down with 1:53 remaining that sealed the win for Penn State.
The Orange defense had an impressive day, forcing four Penn State turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions). Linebacker Marquis Spruill and defensive end Robert Welsh each had sacks. Welsh also set up Smith's second touchdown, running back an interception 31 yards to the Penn State 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. Cameron Lynch led the team with a game-high 10 tackles.
As a unit, the Syracuse defense held the Nittany Lions to 1-for-16 (.063) on third down to help keep the Orange within striking distance.
The Orange opened the game's scoring when Ross Krautman kicked a 32-yard field goal on the first SU drive of the second quarter, giving the Orange a 3-0 advantage with 12:32 left in the first half.
Penn State responded with two Sam Ficken field goals in the final six minutes of the second quarter, a 36-yarder and a 35-yarder, to a claim 6-3 halftime advantage.
Hackenberg was 22-of-31 for 278 yards through the air in his first start for Penn State. In addition to his two touchdown passes he was also intercepted twice. Robinson led Penn State with 133 receiving yards on seven catches, including one touchdown.
Broyld paced all Orange receivers with four catches for 46 yards.