Orange Defeat the Demon Deacons with Ease

The Syracuse Orange defeated the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons 30-7, winning their first conference game of the season. The victory bumps Syracuse's record to 3-4 overall on the year, but more importantly is how the Orange won the game.

Without starting quarterback Terrel Hunt, the Orange called upon A.J. Long, who played well. Long completed 22 passes on 32 attempts with 171 yards and zero interceptions. Perhaps the biggest play for Long was a four yard touchdown run in the second quarter that began an Orange onslaught of scoring.

From there, Syracuse dominated with not one, but two defensive touchdowns. Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford threw an interception to Robert Welsh, who took it 42 yards for the score. The second turnover came when backup quarterback Tyler Cameron entered for an injured Wolford. Cameron was sacked by Brandon Reddish, who also forced a fumble. Micah Robinson scooped the loose ball and took it for a touchdown.

Syracuse did struggle in the red zone once again, finding ways to move the ball backwards rather than forwards. Other than Long's touchdown scramble, Syracuse settled for field goals each time in the red zone. The Orange defense stepped up big against a lackluster Demon Deacon offense, but the offense can't rely on on defensive touchdowns to help score points consistently.

This is especially true when the Orange travel to a top ranked Clemson team next week. The Clemson Tigers have won three games in a row, not including their game against Boston College, who they play Oct. 18. Clemson also took the number one ranked Florida State Seminoles to overtime, a team Syracuse already lost to this season. Clemson did face the Seminoles when they were without quarterback Jameis Winston, however.

Overall, Syracuse has a lot to be happy about with their road win against the Demon Deacons. It was the first real game Long started for the Orange as both he and head coach Scott Shafer were happy with his performance. However, they were both quick to point out that there is much to work on for the Freshman from Tennessee.

Tale of the Tape

2-5, 0-3
Overall Record
3-4, 1-2
Dave Clawson
Head Coach
Scott Shafer
J. Wolford - 9/14, 72 yards, TD, INT
Passing Leader
A. Long - 22/32, 171 yards
D. Wortham - 19 carries, 57 yards
Rushing Leader
D. McFarlane - 10 carries, 114 yards
E. Scott - 5 rec., 48 yards
Receiving Leader
S. Ishmael - 6 rec., 72 yards
Total Yards