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Team and individual player notes from Syracuse's win over Wake Forest

Team and individual notes from Syracuse football's win over Wake Forest.


- For the second straight game, Syracuse returned an interception for a touchdown. It marked the first time the Orange had done this since the 1966 campaign. David Casmay and Terrell Roe returned picks for scores at Holy Cross on Oct. 22, 1966. The following week, Thomas George returned an interception for a touchdown against Pittsburgh.

- Last season against Wake Forest, Robert Welsh intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Syracuse replicated that feat against the Demon Deacons in 2015 as senior defensive end Donnie Simmons returned an interception for a score in the second quarter.

- Syracuse held Wake Forest to 46 yards rushing on Saturday. The squad has held opposition to 50 yards rushing on the 2015 campaign.

- The Orange defense intercepted a pass for the second straight game. Syracuse has recorded at least one takeaway in five consecutive contests dating back to the 2014 season.

- For the second game in-a-row, Syracuse scored the first points of the contest, off a 35-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Cole Murphy. Under head coach Scott Shafer, the teams owns a 9-5 overall record when scoring first.

- Syracuse scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games. It marked the first time the team had scored 30 points in two straight games since the 2013 season.

- For the second straight season and third time in five campaigns, Syracuse has started the year with a perfect 2-0 overall record.

- Syracuse donned an all-orange look for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007 against Illinois. SU owns a 4-3 overall record since 1991 when it wears all orange.


- Freshman quarterback Eric Dungey became the sixth Syracuse true freshman to start a game at quarterback since freshmen became eligible in 1972. Greg Christodulu (1982), Ron Farneski (1976), Joe Fields (2004), A.J. Long (2014), and Todd Norley (1982) all started at least one contest at quarterback as true freshmen, as well.

- Dungey completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 221 yards and two touchdowns against Wake Forest. With four touchdown passes on the year, Dungey has already matched the record for touchdown passes by a Syracuse true freshman in a season.

- Junior wide receiver Brisly Estime hauled in an 89-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Eric Dungey at the end of the third quarter, the third-longest pass in Syracuse history. It marked Estime’s third touchdown reception of his career.

- The 89-yard connection was the longest pass since Donovan McNabb tossed a 94-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Spotwood against East Carolina in 1997.

- Sophomore kicker Cole Murphy moved into 11th place on the Syracuse career field goals list after making a personal-best three field goals against Wake Forest. Murphy now has 17 field goals on his career.

- Sophomore wide receiver Steve Ishmael caught a 53-yard pass for a touchdown against the Demon Deacons. It marked Ishmael’s first score of the season and fourth of his career. Ishmael leads all current Orange players in career touchdown receptions.

- Junior defensive end Donnie Simmons intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for the score in the second quarter against Wake Forest, his first interception and touchdown of his career.

- Sophomore linebacker Parris Bennett recorded his first interception of his career in the first quarter. Bennet tallied a personal-best eight tackles to pace the Orange on Saturday.

- Senior defensive end Luke Arciniega paced the squad with a career-best 2.0 sacks on Saturday afternoon.

- For the second straight game, sophomore cornerback Corey Winfield recorded an interception of his career. Winfield leads the Orange with two interceptions on the year.

- Junior defensive end Ron Thompson tallied one sack against the Demon Deacons. Thompson leads all current SU players with 6.0 career sacks.

- Junior running back George Morris made his second start of his collegiate career on Saturday afternoon. Morris ripped off a 34-yard rush at the end of the first quarter, his longest run of his collegiate career.

- Sophomore safety Antwan Cordy registered his first sack of his collegiate career against Wake Forest.

- Senior cornerback Julian Whigham broke up two passes for his 11th and 12th passes defended in his collegiate career. Whigham leads all current Syracuse players in career passes defended.

- Junior hybrid back Ben Lewis took an option pitch 17 yards on the first drive of the game. It marked Lewis’ longest rush of his Syracuse career.

- Tight ends Kendall Moore and Josh Parris each registered their first receptions of the 2015 season against Wake Forest.

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