The voting is done and the numbers have been tallied: the SOFA for Top Individual Game Performance goes to Terrel Hunt for his efforts in Syracuse's 34-31 win over Boston College.
The sophomore accounted for 360 total yards, 3 TDs, oodles of clutch, and gave a coming-of-age performance Syracuse Orange football fans have been waiting years to see. It was the type of game that made Orange fans happy for the present and nearly giddy for the future.
If the kid can do that, imagine what he'll do with even more practice and game experience?!
So it's easy to see why Hunt's late-game heroics earned him 90 percent of the votes: (Via The Polish Punch)
BC Game, Hands Down. When we needed him to step up the most, he performed his best. Even after the awful interception he showed a ton of maturity and leadership as he calmly marched his team right down the field for the game winning score. He’s become the true leader of the offense and the culmination of everything he learned throughout the year was on display in that game. His reads, progressions, touch, timing were all vastly improved from the NCSU/UMD game and they needed to be in order to pull out the win. I love this kid’s poise and I’m excited to have him for the next two years because I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling yet.
Sure, Jerome Smith and Prince Tyson-Gulley's combined performance against N.C. State (272 combined rushing y ards) and Smith's 28 carry, 118 yards rushing effort against Maryland garnered five percent of the vote each, but there was really never any doubt: Terrel Hunt's was THE top individual game performance of the season.
And with Smith taking his talents to the NFL, or at least attempting to, the hope among the Syracuse fans is that Hunt builds off of the Eagles game, and the win against Minnesota for that matter. Maybe that's why it was such an easy choice for everyone. Hunt's efforts against B.C. saved 2013 and gave hope for 2014 and beyond.