Syracuse Downs Wake Forest in Second Half
Sept. 12, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
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.
Syracuse totaled four sacks, including two from Luke Arciniega.
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