No. 19 Syracuse races past Wake Forest, earns first win as ranked team since 2001

Syracuse coach Dino Babers greets Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson after the Orange picked up their seventh win of the year on Saturday in Winston-Salem. (PHOTO: YES Network)

WINSTON-SALEM - The No. 19 Syracuse Orange improved to 7-2 Saturday with a 41-24 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon. The win marks the team's first victory as a ranked team since 2001.

After falling into a 10-0 hole, the Orange climbed their way back in the first half thanks to touchdown runs from Moe Neal and Jarveon Howard. Howard ran for 12 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Elmore also found the end zone for the Orange.

Quarterback Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards including a 26-yard touchdown. Dungey went 23-35 for 157 yards passing with no interceptions as well.

The Syracuse defense forced three turnovers in the game, not to mention sacking Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman six times, keeping the Demon Deacons offense at bay while the high-powered Orange offense continued to put up points.

Syracuse will next host Louisville at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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