Syracuse Downs Wake Forest in Second Half
Tabari Hines caught seven passes for 77 yards.
Sept. 12, 2015

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Wake Forest jumped out to a halftime lead over Syracuse, but the Orange blanked the Demon Deacons in the second half to win 30-17 inside the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 12).

John Wolford set a career-high in passing for the second straight week with 373 passing yards, but he was also intercepted three times.

K.J. Brent led the Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1 ACC) offensive attack with seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Chuck Wade made five catches for 82 yards and Tabari Hines caught seven passes for 77 yards.

But the Orange (2-0, 1-0 ACC) forced three turnovers without committing one and took advantage of two second-half touchdown completions of more than 50 yards to win the game.

In total, Wake Forest out-gained Syracuse in yardage, 419-370, and had possession for 34:15.

After an early Syracuse field goal, Wolford found Brent on a 40-yard touchdown pass to put Wake Forest in front, 7-3.

The Orange scored 10 straight points, including a pick-six by Donnie Simmons when Wolford was hit while he threw, to regain a 13-7 advantage.

Wolford scampered for a 6-yard touchdown run and Mike Weaver added a 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half as the Deacs took a 17-13 lead into the break.

Two long passes from Eric Dungey put the Orange control of the game, as Syracuse shut out the Deacs, 17-0, in the second half. First came an 89-yarder to Brisly Estime, followed by a 53-yard completion to Steve Ishmael, making the score 27-17.

The Orange added a 20-yard field goal in the closing minutes to make it 30-17.

Dungey completed 8-of-13 passes for 221 yards and two scores for Syracuse, also rushing 12 times for 36 yards.

Brad Watson and Thomas Brown had sacks for Wake Forest, with Brown totaling seven total tackles. Brandon Chubb led the way with nine tackles and Marquel Lee made six, including 3.0 tackles for loss.

Syracuse totaled four sacks, including two from Luke Arciniega.

PASSING ATTACK
John Wolford's 696 yards passing is the most by a Wake Forest quarterback through the first two games in program history.
• The last Demon Deacon with back-to-back 300-yard passing games was Riley Skinner in 2009.
• Four different receivers had at least five catches: K.J. Brent (seven), Tabari Hines (seven), Chuck Wade (five) and Cortez Lewis (five).

DOME STRUGGLES
• Wake Forest falls to 0-4 inside domes in program history.
• That mark includes an 0-3 record in the Carrier dome, with losses also coming in 2011 and 2013.

BIG FIRST PLAY
• In his first play after returning from a suspension, Thomas Brown had an 11-yard sack on a 3rd-and-6, taking Syracuse out of field goal range and forcing the Orange to punt on its first drive.
• The sack was the third of Brown's career. He finished with two tackles for loss and was second on the team in tackles.

ON DECK
• Wake Forest returns to the Empire State for the second straight week, heading to Army West Point for a noon game on Sept. 19.

 

 

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