Early 2024 Preview: Virginia Tech at Syracuse

Da’Quan Felton and Virginia Tech had an easy time against Syracuse in Lane Stadium last season. This year’s game is in the Dome, however. (Ivan Morozov)

This series takes an early look at the teams on Virginia Tech’s 2024 schedule. It will run up to the ACC’s media days in late July. Read previous entries here.


When: Nov. 2 at JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. (Time/Network TBD)
Last year’s record: 6-7, 2-6 ACC (t-11th), lost to South Florida 45-0 in the Boca Raton Bowl
Coach: Fran Brown, first season
2024 SP+ ranking: 64th

Last meeting

Virginia Tech doled out a beatdown of Syracuse in a 38-10 Thursday night win last fall. The Hokies ran for 318 yards and built up a 30-3 halftime lead in the blowout. Da’Quan Felton had two touchdown catches — one from Kyron Drones and one from Malachi Thomas on a trick play — in the rout. Bhayshul Tuten ran for 118 yards in a balanced rushing attack that also saw Thomas hit 87 yards and Drones hit 56. The Hokies defense held Syracuse to zero rushing yards and just 137 yards of total offense, sacking quarterback Garrett Shrader eight times. 

The big picture

It’s a new era in Syracuse, with Brown taking over for Dino Babers, who was fired after going 41-55 (20-45 ACC) in eight years with the Orange and only twice finishing with a winning record. (Who had Babers as the last man standing from the 2016 ACC coaching class of Justin Fuente, Mark Richt and Bronco Mendenhall?)

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