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Syracuse beats Virginia Tech on last-minute TD throw from Garrett Shrader, live scoring, updates –

Blacksburg, Va. — The Syracuse football team takes on the Virginia Tech Hokies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lane Stadium.

The game will be televised on YES Network locally and other regional networks.

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Fourth quarter

0:00: Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister scrambles and his final pass is knocked away in the end zone. Syracuse football wins a hard-earned and much-needed meeting with the Hokies. Orange improve to 4-4 and their bowl hopes have life.

SCORE: Syracuse 41, Virginia Tech 36

:19: Garrett Shrader unloads a 45-yard touchdown pass as he’s getting crushed. Damien Alford catches it in one-on-one coverage. Virginia Tech fans begin chanting “Fire Fuente”.

:35: Syracuse out to the Virginia Tech 45 on a screen pass to Sean Tucker.

:43: Shrader picks up the first down with a 6-yard scramble. Orange on its own 42 with :43 seconds left.

:50: Syracuse faces 4th-and-4 after a 6-yard scramble by Garrett Shrader.

1:04: Syracuse will start from its 30. Orange will have 1:04 with zero timeouts to try to get into field-goal position.

1:17: Virginia Tech calls its first timeout with 1:17 left. Hokies will punt from their 38.

1:55: Cody Roscoe with a big sack to get Syracuse the ball back. Virginia Tech will punt.

2:04: Syracuse uses its final timeout before a 3rd-and-7 for Virginia Tech. Hokies can pretty much secure a win with a first down. Orange should have a chance if they get a stop.

2:10: Virginia Tech picks up a first down and Syracuse is forced to start using its timeouts. Another one comes after a 2-yard run. Orange defense facing a 2nd-and-8 with 2:10 remaining in the fourth. One timeout left for Syracuse.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 36, Syracuse 34

2:28: Syracuse pulls within a score again on a Garrett Shrader 12-yard pass to Courtney Jackson. Nice throw and catch into decent coverage. Jackson has really blossomed in recent weeks. He’s caught seven passes for 86 yards today.

5:25: Trebor Pena with a big return to help the Orange, taking it 51 yards to the Virginia Tech 45.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 36, Syracuse 27

5:36: Malachi Thomas goes 47 yards up the middle of the Syracuse defense and the Hokies make it a two-score lead with the extra point. The Orange, with a middling pass game in the best of times, are in trouble with the clock running low and multiple offensive linemen on the sideline with injuries. Orange also going without Chris Elmore right now.

8:22: Josh Illoa in for Vettorello, with Airon Servais moving out to tackle. The blocking broke down. Garrett Shrader was sacked on the first play, hurried on the next two, along with a false start penalty on the offensive line. Orange will punt. Hokies take the ball on their 31.

9:23: Syracuse converts the 4th-and-2 on a run by Sean Tucker. Carlos Vettorello is down after the play and being looked at. Babers has been more aggressive on fourth down today, going for it a couple times on his side of the field.

9:29: The catch has been overturned, giving Syracuse a 4th-and-2.

9:29: Syracuse with the ball out on its 39-yard-line following a 6-yard pass from Shrader to Anthony Queeley on 3rd-and-2. Officials are currently reviewing it.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 29, Syracuse 27

11:23: Virginia Tech’s John Parker Romo kicks a 34-yard field goal. The big play for Virginia Tech is a 45-yard run by Malachi Thomas. The drive goes 59 yards in six plays.

SCORE: Syracuse 27, Virginia Tech 26

13:35: Shrader covers the 3 yards into the end zone. He scores his third touchdown of the game.

13:47: Shrader taking this into his own hands. He scrambles for 21 yards to set up 1st-and-goal at the 3. The run helped the Orange overcome some poor execution to open the quarter, which looked like it would be a major issues.

Syracuse ran a fake-throw with a give to Tucker but the exchange between him and Shrader resulted in a fumble and a loss of nine.

Third quarter

0:00: Syracuse will start the fourth quarter on the Virginia Tech 16-yard-line thanks to a nice drive. A really nice 17-yard run on an end around by Trebor Pena, taking advantage of all the attention that Sean Tucker is getting. Also a big fourth down conversion on a throw by Garrett Shrader, helping he Orange overcome a holding penalty.

Tucker has carried 15 times for 105 yards. If he stays over 100, this will be his sixth consecutive game going over that threshold, setting a school record.

4:35: Syracuse’s defense gets a key stop, forcing an incomplete pass on 4th-and-4 from the SU 34.

6:04: Another 3-and-out for Syracuse. Two incomplete passes sandwich a 6-yard run by Shrader. The Hokies will have excellent field position again. James Williams kicked his best punt of the day but it allowed Virginia Tech to return the ball 39 yards. Hokies will start on the SU 40.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 26, Syracuse 20

6:52: Virginia Tech’s Malachi Thomas pushes in from the 2-yard-line. Tre Turner had the drive’s key play with a 26-yard rush down the left sideline. Hokies convert on the excellent field position with five straight rushing plays.

9:26: Virginia Tech forces a three-and-out. Two incomplete passes following a 1-yard run by Tucker. Hokies will start on at the Syracuse 46, following a 39-yard punt.

10:07: Sean Tucker is back in to start this drive.

10:07: Syracuse’s defense starts its second half with a defensive stop. Nice pass break-ups/batted pass to end the series by Justin Barron and Aman Greenwood. The Orange will start on its own 12-yard-line following a holding penalty on the return.

SCORE: Syracuse 20, Virginia Tech 19

11:59: Shrader with a 21-yard touchdown run off a scramble. Syracuse covers 75 yards on eight plays. Shrader making a lot of the key plays now, with both his arm and feet. No Sean Tucker to end the drive. We’ll look for him when the Orange comes out on offense again.

12:37: Syracuse moves the ball out to the Virginia Tech 43-yard line with the big play being a 17-yard run by Sean Tucker. He was down briefly after that run, causing a timeout. He jogged off the field at a relatively good pace.

Second quarter

:03: Andre Szmyt misses the 19-yard field goal off the post. Just a disastrous end of the first half for Syracuse. The Orange’s special teams woes strike again.

:03: What a mess. Syracuse called timeout at the 1-yard-line. Didn’t look like it had 11 guys on the field and had to call timeout again. Then tried to run a QB sneak with no timeouts and was stopped short, only to be bailed out by a Virginia Tech timeout.

:08: A Garrett Shrader 21-yard scramble has Syracuse at the 1-yard-line. One timeout remaining for the Orange.

0:19: Syracuse fires back with a two-minute drill. Garrett Shrader hits Courtney Jackson for a couple of passes for 30 yards, then runs for 23. Syracuse has the ball at the Virginia Tech 22-yard-line with 19 seconds left.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 19, Syracuse 13

1:08: Virginia Tech’s John Parker Romo kicks a 48-yard field goal to increase the Hokies lead. The key play on that drive was a 38-yard run by Raheem Blackshear.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 16, Syracuse 13

1:54: Garrett Shrader runs the ball in for a 9-yard touchdown after loosening up the Hokies defense with his arm. The first passing success the Orange has leads to a touchdown.

Unfortunately for Syracuse, Andre Szmyt’s extra-point attempt is blocked by Chamarri Conner bursting through the middle of the protection and returned for two points by Dorian Strong.

3:22: Virginia Tech declines a holding penalty after Anthony Queeley can’t bring in a throw behind him. Shrader makes the Hokies pay by finding Courtney Jackson deep over the middle for 24 yards.

3:34: After a safety scare (Sean Tucker was tackled in the end zone but Garrett Shrader kept the ball) the Orange punch it out on two short throws between Shrader and Devaughn Cooper, then get a 38-yard pass down the sideline from Shrader to Sharod Johnson. Syracuse facing a 2nd-and-14 from the Virginia Tech 46-yar-line after a false start and a screen pass to Sean Tucker that netted a single yard.

6:28: Syracuse returns the favor by forcing a 3-and-out of its own. Marlowe Wax with a sack to finish the series. The Hokie punt pins Syracuse at its own 2-yard-line. Both defenses appear to be settling in after a lot of unexpected offense in the first quarter.

9:06: The Hokies get a 3-and-out after putting Syracuse in a 4th-and-2 from it own 28. After Sean Tucker is stopped on first down the Orange throws incomplete and then Garrett Shrader is stopped 2 yards short. James Williams’ punt is only 29 yards. Hokies take over on their 43.

9:53: Syracuse’s defense delivers a big stop and forces its first punt. Two negative plays for the Hokies. First Geoff Cantin-Arku stopped a reverse for a loss of 7 and then, with the Hokies in a bad spot, Stefon Thompson records SU’s first sack. Punt goes into the end zone.

11:55: The ruling on the play stands. The Hokies are back in business.

11:55: Virginia Tech is back in the Syracuse side against after a well-blocked screen pass. The officials are reviewing whether Braxton Burmeister threw short and the ball hit the ground first. If not, they will have a first down at the SU 40.

12:29: Virginia Tech forces the first punt of the game with the help of a Syracuse false start that created a 3rd-and-6. Sean Tucker can’t snare a low pass from Garrett Shrader and likely would have been stopped short if he had. The Hokies take over on their 30 following a 40-yard punt.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 14, Syracuse 7

14:02: Malachi Thomas punches in a 4-yard run for Virginia Tech. So much for the low-scoring game that was widely expected.

14:54: Virginia Tech moves all the way to the Syracuse 8 after an incomplete pass along the sideline is overturned. Braxton Burmeister hit Tayvion Robinson on the sideline. Robinson was slipping and falling toward the edge of the field but was sitting in bounds as the ball arrived.

First quarter

0:00: A very quick first quarter ends with Virginia Tech on the Syracuse 38-yard line. This time it’s the Hokies running the ball effectively, picking up three first downs on seven consecutive rushing plays. Virginia Tech playing big against Syracuse’s 3-3-5 and leaning heavily on its tight ends for blocking.

SCORE: Syracuse 7, Virginia Tech 7

4:28: Sean Tucker goes 28 yards untouched for a touchdown on a 4th-and-1 as the Hokies geared up to stop the run. The Orange ran through the Hokies with relative ease, with the only pass a screen pass. The drive covered 75 yards on nine plays. Tucker had 61 of them on six carries.

6:51: Officials rule there was a fumble on the play but that it was recovered by Carlos Vettorello.

6:51: Officials reviewing a potential fumble by Sean Tucker. He was ruled down initially. Syracuse has picked up one first down, moving to its own 43. So far the Orange have run the ball on all four of its offensive plays. If the ball stays with the Orange it will face a 2nd-and-6. Kalan Ellis playing guard in the absence of Chris Bleich.

SCORE: Virginia Tech 7, Syracuse 0

8:39: Virginia Tech’s offense, which had been pretty poor coming into this game takes the opening kickoff and marches 75 yards on the opening drive. A pair of good calls to catch Syracuse in situations when the Orange had the Hokies in bad spots on third down.

First on a scramble from quarterback Braxton Burmeister on 3rd-and-8. Then on a screen pass on 3rd-and-10. The touchdown was a 22-yard play-action rollout strike to tight end Drake Deluliis.

Burmeister did a lot of running on that drive for the Hokies, carrying three times for 21 yards. Also multiple screens from the Hokies.

Adrian Cole was on the field for Syracuse on the opening drive, replacing Garrett Williams, who is out with an injury.

Pregame Notes

Greetings from Lane Stadium, where Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 ACC) and Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1) are both trying to halt losing streaks.

Syracuse will be without cornerback Garrett Williams and left guard Chris Bleich. Both traveled with the team but will not dress for the game.

That likely elevates Adrian Cole into the starting lineup opposite Duce Chestnut, and freshman Kalan Ellis will step in for Bleich.


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