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Wake Forest loses Campanaro to injury during costly trip to Syracuse

Deacs fall to Syracuse, 13-0 and Michael Campanaro may have played his final down as a Deac.

Tanner Price
Tanner Price
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost twice on Saturday, first losing to the Syracuse Orange 13-0, and then losing redshirt senior flanker Michael Campanaro for likely the remainder of the season thanks to a broken collarbone suffered in the first half.

In what was originally termed a "dislocation", Wake Forest later confirmed that Campanaro's collarbone was indeed broken, and he would be lost for 4-6 weeks.

Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4 ACC) and Syracuse engaged in a war of punts in the first half, booting 7 apiece as neither side could breach the other's defense. The Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) finally broke through midway through the third quarter on a 6-yard Terrel Hunt touchdown run.  After the Orange intercepted Tanner Price a few minutes later, Syracuse struck again when Jarrod West found Brisly Estime for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

That would be all the Orange needed, as any momentum the Wake Forest offense had gained over the past few weeks finally ground to a halt. Price was 22-54 for 173 yards on the afternoon, and seemed to spend much of the second half scanning the field in hopes of finding the fallen No. 3. After playing well for 3 straight games, Price struggled for most of the afternoon.

The lone bright spot for the Deacs was the emergence of Sherman Ragland III, who caught 10 passes for 91 yards on the day. The Deacons again struggled to create any sort of rushing attack, although tailback Josh Harris gained 49 yards on 9 carries.

Next week, the Deacs get a visit from BCS Championship contender Florida State. Wake Forest will only have a short window of time to prepare for life without Campanaro, and will depend heavily on a contingent of young receivers to try and revive the offense.