Syracuse 24 N.C. State 10
A close, defensive battle was broken open midway through the fourth quarter on two long Syracuse runs. A 57-yard run by Jerome Smith set up an 18-yard Prince-Tyson Gulley touchdown scamper to give the Orange the lead.
On the next Syracuse possession, Gulley took off for 48-yards which set up an 8-yard Terrel Hunt touchdown run that sealed the game for the Orange.
Offensive Player(s) of the Game:
Jerome Smith & Prince-Tyson Gulley combined for 272 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The one-two punch was at its best as Syracuse's best offensive weapon.
Defensive Player(s) of the Game:
What We Learned:
This Syracuse bunch was resilient. After being dominated against Clemson, the Orange bounced back to get a much needed road win. The defense was complete dominant, making plays all over the field.
They sacked the Wolfpack five times, picked off a pass, and had thirteen tackles for loss while holding N.C. State to less then three yards per carry.
Terrel Hunt struggled throwing the ball for the second consecutive week, throwing two interceptions. However, he was a force using his legs. There remained big questions about the Orange passing attack, however.
Impact on the Season:
The win got Syracuse back on track to bowl eligibility. A loss would have pushed Syracuse to 2-4, and a near impossible task of going 4-2 down the stretch with Florida State still on the schedule.
A gritty road win was just what the doctor ordered for the Orange as they continued to grow under first year head coach Scott Shafer.