Blowouts are very common across college football with some of the nation’s top teams regularly taking on far inferior opponents in both conference games and non-conference matchups. However, it isn’t particularly common for teams to agree to mercy rules in an attempt to shorten those blowout games. But that’s exactly what we saw during Saturday afternoon’s game between the Syracuse Orange and the Wagner Seahawks.
After an absolutely dominant first half, Syracuse found itself up by a staggering score of 49-0 at the halftime intermission. At that point, the result of the game was effectively decided as there was essentially no hope of a Wagner comeback. As a result, the two teams decided to minimize the onslaught by shortening the game.
At halftime, Syracuse announce that the two teams had agreed to play 10-minute quarters instead of the standard 15-minute quarters in an effort to shorten the game for both teams.
The two teams have agreed to play 10-minute quarters in the second half.
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) October 1, 2022
While the decision made sense given such a lopsided score, it’s certainly not a common move. And the college football world had plenty to say about it on Saturday as a result.
Soon-to-be 5-0 Syracuse leads Wagner 49-0… 👀 https://t.co/fbtGR7DqD7
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 1, 2022
Syracuse 56, Wagner 0 in the 3rd quarter
— Jake Marsh (@PMTsportsbiz) October 1, 2022
Well then… https://t.co/lWJ3UqKQAo
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) October 1, 2022
I didn’t even know this was a thing that teams could agree to. https://t.co/i0K5hSyCWV
— Hammer and Rails (@HammerAndRails) October 1, 2022
This can happen? https://t.co/bKNeus2EDA
— Zirksee🍽 (@Zirksee) October 1, 2022
We used to do this in pop Warner lol https://t.co/kTqkXwhcYj
— Sean Riley (@seankriley) October 1, 2022
What if you have the over?!?!?! https://t.co/xeXIX1dHXf
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) October 1, 2022
Obviously, Syracuse cruised to an easy victory in the second half, beating Wagner with a final score of 59-0.