The Syracuse University football team evened its record with a win today over Wake Forest in an ACC game at the Carrier Dome. The win moves Syracuse to .500 overall and in conference at 4-4, 2-2. Syracuse needs 2 wins to become bowl eligible.
Wake Forest came into the game banged up and without several key players. That trend continued for the Demon Deacons losing a few more including the ACC’s leading receiver Michael Campanaro to a shoulder injury.
Neither team lit up the scoreboard as they played to a halftime tie of 0-0. Syracuse scored on a Terrel Hunt QB keeper after a punishing 14-play, 75 yard drive that took 6:02 off the clock. Hunt played the entire game at quarterback after much talk of playing both he and Drew Allen. The team later scored after a gorgeous tip and catch interception by freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Johnson (6’5, 280 lbs.) from New Castle, Delaware gave Syracuse the ball at the Wake Forest 25 yard line. A double reverse and TD throw from WR Jarrod West to WR Brisly Estime made it 13-0 after a blocked extra point try and that was the end of the scoring. From there, the Orange gave the ball to their running backs and ate up clock.
It was not pretty, but it was a win they needed staring at those two wins in the last four games to be bowl eligible. The win also shoots the Orange into 3rd place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings. Next up is a trip to old foe Maryland (5-3, 1-3) who are also a bit banged up, but have the week off.