I’ll be honest with you guys, these articles are a lot less fun to do when we lose. So let’s just jump in and get this over with.
The Deacs got on the board first, as Cade Carney lowered his shoulder and found the end-zone to take a 7-0 lead.
Carney finished the game with just 8 carries for 29 yards and this 1 touchdown.
In what seemed to be a replay of the Florida State game, Wake took a 10-0 lead and then went completely stagnant on offense, allowing the Orange to score 28 unanswered points. The run started with this Moe Neal 8 yard TD run that capped a 7 play, 75 yard drive.
Later in the 1st quarter, a costly fumble from Sam Hartman gave the Orange the ball on the 10 yard line. Turnovers and penalties really cost the Deacs in this one.
3 plays later, Jarveon Howard plunged it in for the score from the 1 yard line, or so they claim, giving the Orange a 14-10 lead.
Late in the 2nd quarter, Howard would get his 2nd rushing TD of the game on this 1 yard run, giving Syracuse a 21-10 halftime lead.
As Wake won the toss and elected to receive, the Orange got the ball first in the 2nd half and continued right where they left off. Chris Elmore ran it in from 5 yards for Syracuse’s 4th rushing TD of the game to take a 28-10 lead.
Wake Forest would finally answer back on their next possession to end the Syracuse run, going 75 yards in under 2 minutes to cut the lead to 28-17. Some nice execution on the fake screen to Dortch allowed Scotty Washington to streak into the end-zone uncovered for the easy TD grab.
Washington finished the game with 3 catches for 53 yards.
The Orange wasted no time in answering, as QB Eric Dungey scrambled for a 26 yard TD run to put Cuse back on top 35-17. Containing the quarterback has been an ongoing issue for the Deacs this season.
Dungey finished the game 23-35 for 157 yards through the air, but absolutely killed the Deacs running the ball with 119 yards on 24 carries.
Wake Forest came right back though, and the game started to resemble the back and forth shootout that many expected it to be from the beginning. Hartman found Greg Dortch on the quick screen pass, allowing Dortch to do what he does best: make plays.
Dortch finished the game with 9 catches for 95 yards and this 1 TD, while Hartman, who really struggled in the first half, turned it around to finish 21-37 for 275 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 Int.
Wake had a chance to cut into the 35-24 lead after forcing Syracuse to punt on their next possession. Unfortunately, another costly fumble would cut the drive short and give Syracuse great field position. It’s hard to be ranked teams when you turn the ball over 3 times.
After a couple of field goals from the Orange pushed the lead to 41-24, any hopes of a Wake Forest comeback were dashed when Christopher Fredrick intercepted Hartman’s pass in the end-zone.
Syracuse went on to win 41-24. We’re on to NC State.