No. 22 Syra­cuse ral­lies to beat Wake For­est

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JOEDY MC­CREARY

Now that Syra­cuse has climbed back into the na­tional rank­ings, the Orange want to stay there.

The 22nd-ranked Orange beat Wake For­est 41-24 on Satur­day, with Eric Dungey rush­ing for 119 yards and a touch­down, and Jarveon Howard adding two scores.

Dungey – whose aver­age of 294.1 to­tal yards per game ranks sec­ond in the ACC – was 23 of 35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.

“Can’t say enough about what (the se­niors have) done to change this cul­ture … and give us an op­por­tu­nity to do greater things in the fu­ture,” coach Dino Babers said. “What­ever hap­pens, they’re go­ing to be known as the class that got this thing turned around and headed in the right di­rec­tion.”

Sam Hart­man was 21 of 37 for 275 yards for the De­mon Dea­cons (4-5, 1-4) with two touch­down passes. His 8-yarder to Greg Dortch pulled them to 35-24 with 3:38 left in the third quar­ter.

But after Wake For­est forced a stop, Hart­man fum­bled at his own 34. Syra­cuse turned that take­away into Szmyt’s 28-yard field goal that put Orange up by 14 with 11:55 left.

Cade Car­ney had a 2yard touch­down run, and Nick Sciba kicked a 22-yard field goal to give Wake For­est an early 10-0 lead.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Syra­cuse: Dungey and one of the ACC’s high­est-scor­ing of­fenses al­ways get the at­ten­tion, but the Orange de­fense stepped up in this one. Syra­cuse held one of the league’s most pro­duc­tive of­fenses in check, forc­ing three turnovers that led to 10 points.

Wake For­est: The De­mon Dea­cons have yet to show they can beat a good team. They fell to 0-3 against Top 25 op­po­nents, los­ing all three at home by at least 17 points apiece.

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