Garrett Shrader makes his Dome debut against Rutgers
Despite going 7-8 to start the game, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers made a quarterback change in the second quarter of the home opener against Rutgers. Despite DeVito’s high completion percentage, Orange’s offense failed to score any points on the board, in part thanks to a Taj Harris fumble inside the Rutgers 10-yard line.
Shrader ran onto the field in Syracuse’s fourth possession. His first two chances were unsuccessful. Syracuse has won three and its first two possessions with Shrader at the helm. He hadn’t done that in any of his first three possessions with DeVito running the show.
But on Shrader’s third possession, he got into a small pace. Shrader hit Sharod Johnson, Sean Tucker and Taj Harris on three of his next four passes to push the Orange to the Rutgers 20-yard line. Syracuse looked set to be on the scoreboard before half-time.
However, a winless run, a fumble from Shrader he recovered and an open flyby from Anthony Queeley allowed Andre Szmyt to score a 43-yard field goal. His kick wasn’t good, however, drifting largely off the left upright. This sent the game at half-time tied at zero. Shrader finished the first half 4-6 for 42 yards.
In the season opener against Ohio, DeVito didn’t come out until garbage time, when Shrader entered for the series finale with the Orange running out of time and the outcome is beyond doubt.
Garrett Shrader transferred to Syracuse from Mississippi State during the offseason and competed with DeVito for the starting quarterback position. DeVito won that competition at training camp, but Babers indicated that Shrader deserved a chance to play.