The offense continued to struggle in conference play, but the defense was dominant throughout. Wake lost their best offensive weapon, receiver Michael Campanaro early on with an injury.
The Syracuse defense took over from there, holding Wake Forest under 200-yards of total offense, including only 25 on the ground. An Isaiah Johnson interception in the second half was followed up by a Brisly Estime touchdown catch to extend the Orange lead to 13-0, which would be the final score.
Offensive Player(s) of the Game:
Brisly Estime had the best game of his freshman season with nine catches for 62-yards and a touchdown. He was elusive, showed good hands and ran better routes down the field.
Defensive Player(s) of the Game:
Isaiah Johnson finished with a sack and interception. The INT was a spectacular play, where he batted a would-be screen pass into the air and dove to make the catch. That helped give Syracuse the two score margin that would all-but clinch the game.
What We Learned:
This Syracuse bunch is resilient. They've been blown out multiple times already and bounced back with a win each time. The defense continues to make strides with its aggressive, attacking scheme.
Terrel Hunt did not turn the ball over for the first time since ACC play started, but the offense still failed to consistently move the ball. Still, there were strides taken on that side of the ball.
Impact on the Season:
The win put Syracuse back in control of its goal of bowl eligibility. With four games left to play, the Orange had a tiny bit of wiggle room as they marched towards a sixth win. Without a win against Wake Forest, the season could have spiraled out of control. A victory steadies the ship and keeps the focus on its goal.