Game Notes: Syracuse at Wake Forest

Team and individual notes from Syracuse's 30-7 road win over Wake Forest.

Syracuse 30, Wake Forest 7
Saturday, October 18, 2014
BB&T Field / Winston-Salem, N.C.


… Ends the Orange’s four-game losing streak and marks its third straight win against Wake Forest.

… Is SU’s first road win against the Demon Deacons. The Orange is now 1-1 all-time at Wake Forest.

… Makes the Orange 2-0 all-time in ACC road openers. Syracuse beat NC State last season in its first away conference game.

… Extends SU’s winning streak to four games against teams from the state of North Carolina.

… Is SU’s first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the year.


- Syracuse’s 30 points is its second most in ACC play (34 vs. Boston College, 2013).

- The Orange improved to 8-0 under head coach Scott Shafer when leading at the half. SU carried a 17-7 advantage into the locker room Saturday against the Demon Deacons.

- SU’s 15-play, 92-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the team’s longest in terms of plays and second-longest by number of yards this season. The Orange had a 96-yard scoring drive in the opener vs. Villanova.

- The Orange scored two defensive touchdowns to raise its total to four defensive scores in 2014. Robert Welsh returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was SU’s second INT return for a score this year (Durell Eskridge vs. Notre Dame). Micah Robinson picked up a fumble and ran it back 51 yards for the team’s second fumble return for a TD (Marqez Hodge vs. Central Michigan).


Riley Dixon, Sr., P
- Averaged 44.3 yards on six punts.

- Boomed a season-long, 60-yard punt in the second quarter that was downed at the Wake Forest 2-yard line.

Jason Emerich, Jr., C
- Made the first start of his career in place of the injured John Miller.

Zaire Franklin, Fr., LB
- Recorded his first career sack.

Sean Hickey, Sr., OT
- Made his team-leading 33rd consecutive start at left tackle.

Steve Ishmael, Fr., WR
- Had a team-high six catches for 72 yards.

- Ishmael is the only SU receiver with at least one reception in every game this season.

A.J. Long, Fr., QB
- Made his first career at quarterback and became the first SU true freshman QB to win his starting debut.

- Overall, Long is the fifth true freshman QB to start a game for the Orange and the first since Joe Fields in 2004. The others: Ron Farneski (1976), Todd Norley (1982) and Greg Christodulu (1982).

-Completed 68.8 percent of his passes (22-fo-32) for 171 yards.

- Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 4-yard run in the second quarter to give SU a 10-7 lead.

- Had a career-long rush of 20 yards in the first half.

DeVante McFarlane, Jr., RB
- Recorded the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 114 yards on 10 carries (11.4 avg.).

- Had an 86-yard run in the third quarter, tied for the third-longest rush in team history (James Mungro vs. Kentucky, 1999) and the longest play from scrimmage for the Orange this season. The only two longer rushes in the SU record book are a 90-yard TD run by Warren Stephens vs. Rutgers in 1930 and a 95-yard dash to the end zone by George Davis at Fordham in 1949.

Cole Murphy, Fr., K
- Made a career-high three field goals (32 yards, 41 yards, 27 yards).

- Murphy has hit seven field goals in a row since missing on Sept. 27 vs. Notre Dame.

Omari Palmer, Jr., OL
- Made his third straight start at right tackle in place of the injured Ivan Foy.

Ervin Philips, Fr., RB
- Made his first career start as the Orange opened the game with two running backs.

Brandon Reddish, Sr., CB
- Led the Orange with a personal-best seven tackles.

- Forced his fourth career fumble. The ball was picked up by Micah Robinson and returned 51 yards for a touchdown.

Micah Robinson, Sr., DE
- Recovered his third career fumble and returned it 51 yards for his first career touchdown.

Donnie Simmons, Sr., DE
- Credited with the first sack of his career in the opening half.

Robert Welsh, Sr., DE
- Recorded his second career interception and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

- Finished the game with three tackles, including 2.0 for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup.

Jarrod West, Sr., WR
- Caught three passes for five passes for 41 yards. West passed Johnnie Morant (1,535 yards) and now ranks 13th on SU’s career list for the most receiving yards with 1,557.


- SU wore all white uniforms (jerseys, pants) with white helmets for the second time this season.


- Today’s attendance was 25,107.


- Syracuse won the opening coin toss and deferred.

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