Syracuse Football Loses To Virginia Tech 38-10, Drops To 4-4


Thursday night, Bhayshul Tuten ran for 118 yards and a touchdown to help Virginia Tech defeat Syracuse 38-10.

The Hokies (4-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the third time in four games and set season highs in rushing yards (318) and total yards (528) thanks to runs of 87 yards from Malachi Thomas and 65 yards from quarterback Kyron Drones.

“We’ve got great kids, and we’ve surrounded them with good people,” Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry said. “They’re getting better all the time, and that’s what you’re supposed to do over the course of a season — improve. We’ve been able to do that, even if it didn’t show up in the win-loss column. We’ve gotten better each week with some important things. We’ve got a good culture in our locker room, and we’ve got to keep building on it.”

Virginia Tech scored on its first six drives and never looked back. Two touchdown passes were caught by Da’Quan Felton: one from Drones at 62 yards, and the other on a tailback pass by Thomas that was 16 yards. The Hokies led 30-3 at the half thanks to a touchdown run of 3 yards by Tuten and three field goals from John Love.

In the first half, the Hokies amassed 341 yards and 17 first downs.

At this point, Syracuse (4-4, 0-4) has dropped its last four games by an average of 29 points per contest. Despite being sacked eight times, Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader led the team with 138 yards of throwing and a score.

“It’s starting to be a theme,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said of his team’s slow starts. “I’m not satisfied with that. We have to find a way to stop that. We’ve got to get in these games and not get out of them. I’m a little upset about that, so we’re going to go back and we will do — and I will do — whatever we can to make sure that we have the opportunity to find a way to start faster.”