USA TODAY Sports-Rich Barnes

The Syracuse Orange start 2-0 behind their freshman quarterback Eric Dungey's second half efforts against Wake Forest.

Eric Dungey throws two second half touchdown passes and the Syracuse defense shuts down the Demon Deacons to lead the Orange to a 30-17 win.

It wasn't as easy as week one, but Syracuse was able to improve to 2-0 on Saturday with a 30-17 win over Wake Forest in the ACC opener for both teams. Trailing 17-13 at halftime and with Wake Forest driving in the third, things looked bleak. Then the Syracuse defense stepped up and forced a punt. 

Freshman quarterback Eric Dungey threw two beautiful touchdown passes to put Syracuse ahead. The first was an 89-yard strike to Brisly Estime that gave Syracuse a lead they would not relinquish. Estime's 89-yard score was the third longest passing touchdown in school history.

The second put the Orange up two scores, with Dungey finding Steve Ishmael down the sideline, fitting the ball in between the corner and safety. Ishmael ran past the safety and into the end zone for a 53-yard score.

The defense finished things off from there with relentless pressure.


Wake Forest won the time of possession battle and racked up over 400 yards of total offense, but Syracuse intercepted quarterback John Wolford three times, including a pick six by defensive end Donnie Simmons in the first half, and sacked him four times with relentless pressure. 

It marked the first time Syracuse has had back to back games with interceptions returned for touchdowns since 1966.

Dungey finished 8-13 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He did not turn it over. He also ran for 36 yards, showing off his mobility. 

The game marked the first time Syracuse has worn all orange uniforms since unveiling their new design prior to the 2014 campaign. It was Coach Mac day where the program celebrated the contributions of former coach Dick MacPherson.

Syracuse next faces Central Michigan next Saturday at 12:30pm inside the Carrier Dome as they attempt to start the season 3-0.

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