This past Saturday, the Syracuse Orange left Winston-Salem with a 30-7 victory over the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. The lopsided win was an unexpected result, since these two teams are about the most evenly matched in the ACC. However, there’s no denying that this was a much needed win for Syracuse after the defeat inflicted by Florida State.
Syracuse quarterback AJ Long made his first start of the season and proved himself by throwing 171 yards and rushing for a touchdown. He completed 22-of-32 pass attempts to help secure the win for his team which broke their four-game losing streak. Syracuse running back Devante McFarlane stood out for the Orange, rushing for 114 yards on ten carries.
In the first quarter, Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford threw a ten-yard touchdown pass to Cam Serigne which put the Demon Deacons up 7-0. Soon after, Syracuse kicked a 32-yard field goal by Cole Murphy. Wake Forest backup quarterback Tyler Cameron took over in the second quarter after Wolford took a devastating hit made by Dyshawn Davis, causing him to miss the rest of the game. Cameron was unable to perform under the pressure and was benched in the fourth quarter.
Syracuse picked it up in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run by Long, followed by a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown by Robert Welsh. In the third quarter, Cole Murphy kicked two more field goals and Micah Robinson recovered a fumble for a 51-yard touchdown. Syracuse out gained Wake Forest on the day, 370 to 170.
The Deacons simply failed to keep up with Syracuse’s level of energy and drive to win the game. The Orange outplayed Wake in all aspects and left the Deacons in a state of disorder. Syracuse picked up on all of Wake’s biggest mistakes, and used them to their advantage.
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