SU wins ugly battle with Wake Forest, improves to 4-4 in 2013
The SU football team's defense put up a shutout for the second time in 2013, as the Orange beat Wake Forest 13-0 on Saturday.
Defense was the name of the game in the first half, as the two teams punted the ball a combined 14 times.
The Orange got down to the Wake 26 yard line late in the first half via a 10 play drive, but two Syracuse penalties backed the offense up to the 39-yard line and out of field goal range, forcing a punt.
The score at the half was 0-0, but the biggest story of the half was the injury to Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro. After catching two passes for 11 yards, Campanaro was sidelined for the rest of the game with a broken collarbone, meaning the Demon Deacons were missing a huge playmaker in their passing game.
Former SU QB Donovan McNabb was honored at halftime as his jersey was retired in front of old teammates and the SU fans.
SU opened the second half with another long drive, this time 14 plays and 75 yards, cashing in with a 6-yard Terrel Hunt touchdown run. SU went up 7-0 early in the third quarter.
The teams traded punts once again, but the Orange defense continued to make plays. On Wake Forest's next drive, SU defensive lineman Isaiah Johnson tipped a Tanner Price in the air, then dove after it for the interception.
On SU's ensuing drive, they brought out a trick play. Jarrod West took a pitch from Terrel Hunt on what looked like an end around, until West threw a pass to Brisly Estime streaking down the field for a 25-yard touchdown. Jonathan Fisher's extra point was blocked, so Syracuse had a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter once again featured punts from both sides. The Orange defense also stepped up with three big sacks on Wake Forest drives late in the game. SU took a knee to secure the 13-0 victory, and improve 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
The Orange rushed for 183 yards compared to just 40 yards for the Demon Deacons. Prince-Tyson Gulley led the way, gaining 15 yards on 13 carries, while his teammate Jerome Smith had 62 yards on 17 carries. As for the passing game, Price finished 22/54 for 173 yards and the lone interception, the only turnover of the game. His counterpart Terrel Hunt went 18/30 for 144 yards. Estime led all SU receivers with 9 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
The Orange will try to get over .500 for the first time this season when they travel to College Park, Maryland to take on the Terrapins next Saturday.