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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (suathletics.com) — The Orange sailed past the Green Wave, defeating Tulane (2-2) 52-17 in the Carrier Dome in front of 36,128 fans on Saturday. Syracuse (2-2) earned its 700th all-time win, becoming the 16th team in FBS history to accomplish the feat.
Terrel Hunt was responsible for five touchdowns, four in the air and one on the ground. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 175 yards and was the second leading Orange rusher with 39 yards.
Prince-Tyson Gulley lead the attack on the ground with 11 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Clay Cleveland, who recorded his first career catches against Tulane, grabbed two passes to add 12 points to the SU total. Jerome Smith had a touchdown reception and touchdown run on the day while amassing 73 total yards.
Christopher Clark lead Orange receivers with four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
The SU special teams unit blocked two punts and a field goal in the first half. The two blocked punts put the Orange in the red zone and led to two touchdowns.
Cameron Lynch led the defense with nine tackles (six solo) including 2.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards. Eric Crume had 1.5 tackles for loss which included a sack. Julian Whigham snagged an interception in the third quarter and returned it for 17 yards.
In total, the SU defense recorded seven tackles for a loss of 36 yards which included three sacks.
Tulane quarterback Nick Montana hit 22 of his 38 targets for 213 yards and one touchdown. The Green Wave put together 121 yards of offense on the ground and 209 yards in the air.
While being tackled, Hunt got a throw off to Smith, who ran 15-yards into the end zone on the first drive of the game, giving SU an early 7-0 lead.
The SU defense held Tulane to a field goal on the next drive and Cairo Santos's 21-yard kick cut the lead to four with 7:31 left in the first quarter.
The Orange scored on its next two drives and took a 21-3 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter. SU used a 19-yard catch by Clark and Cleveland's first career reception to tally the points.
Tulane answered at the end of the first with a 45-yard rush up the middle, cutting the lead to 21-10 but Hunt found his way into the end zone off a 16-yard run with 13:39 to go in the first half to regain the 18-point advantage.
After the second blocked punt of the game put the Orange in the red zone, Gulley went on a nine-yard run to get SU to the one yard line and was given the ball again on the next play to finish the job. The Orange went ahead 35-10 with 10:43 remaining in the second quarter.
Santos's second field goal attempt of the game was blocked with 5:33 remaining in the half, which was Tulane's last appearance in the red zone for the rest of the contest.
Cleveland's second catch of his career was also for a touchdown and gave Syracuse a 49-17 lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
Norton kicked his first field goal of the day late in the fourth quarter, giving the Orange a 52-17 lead that Tulane would not answer.