Syracuse and Wake Forest battled to a stale mate in a first half marred by penalties and ineffective offensive play. Each team ventured into the opponents territory, but were unable to score because of inopportune penalties.
The Orange missed big play chances as Terrel Hunt overthrew Jarrod West and Brisly Estime down the field. Hunt would later connect with West to deep into Wake Forest territory, but illegal substitution and holding penalties pushed the Orange out of field goal range. The ACC foes entered the locker room at the half in a scoreless tie.
Syracuse came out of halftime on a mission, featuring some hard Jerome Smith running. They took the opening drive 75-yards into the end zone on a Terrel Hunt 6-yard run. After an Isaiah Johnson interception set up a reverse pass from West to Estime.
The front seven for the Orange terrorized Tanner Price all game as the Syracuse defense was able to shutout the Demon Deacons utilizing various blitz packages. Syracuse improved to 4-4 (2-2 ACC) with a 13-0 victory.