COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Syracuse bookended a first half marred by penalties and turnovers with scores to give themselves a 10-0 halftime lead. The Orange went 80-yards on 16-plays to start the game, capped off by a Jerome Smith one yard touchdown run.
The Syracuse defense was strong in the first half with one sack, five tackles for loss, and three turnovers. But the Orange were able to extend the lead to two scores after Darius Kelly forced a fumble towards the end of the half, leading to a 34-yard Ryan Norton field goal.
The Orange got another turnover to start the third quarter, and turned that into three more points. Penalties aided a Maryland drive that resulted in three points, one calling back a Micah Robinson recovered fumble that would have ended the drive. The field goal ended a 103 minutes and 50 seconds of scoreless football by the Syracuse defense.
Jerome Smith put the icing on the cake with a 21-yard scamper at the 10:33 mark of the fourth quarter. The Orange got over .500 for the first time this season with a 20-3 win in College Park. The Orange are now 5-4 on the season, 3-2 in ACC play.