Syracuse picked up a critical win in their ACC opener, knocking off Wake Forest 30-17 in the Carrier Dome. Here is the best and the worst from the performance.
Top Talent: QB Eric Dungey – The true freshman quarterback made some big time throws as he led the Orange's second half comeback, including two long touchdown strikes displaying pinpoint accuracy. He grew up a lot in the second half.
Middle Man: WR Brisly Estime – One of Dungey's touchdown passes was to Estime, who's 89-yard catch gave Syracuse the lead. Estime got open across the middle and then raced to the end zone after making the catch. He only had two catches, but racked up 98-yards.
Bottom Feeder: Offensive Line – For the record, the offensive line was much better in the late third quarter and entire fourth quarter. But prior to that, they struggled with the Wake Forest defensive line. More specifically in the ground game. Holes were few and far between in the first half. So while that lands them on the bottom this week, they really improved as the game went along.
Top Talent: DE Ron Thompson – Thompson was an absolute force on Saturday. He was unblockable off the edge and played most of the game in the Wake Forest backfield. Despite only having three tackles and one sack, he was disruptive all game.
Middle Man: LB Parris Bennett – Bennett led Syracuse in tackles with eight, including one for loss, and had an interception. Bennett was flying all over the field and had a very solid game.
Bottom Feeder: Secondary – The Syracuse secondary gave up nearly 400-yards through the air, and no one player could be singled out. Julian Whigham gave up some plays, Chauncey Scissum gambled and missed an interception, Rodney Williams got beat by a double move deep and Syracuse gave up countless intermediate completions. It was a rough day for the secondary overall.
Top Talent: K Cole Murphy – Murphy was great for Syracuse on Saturday. He drilled all three of his field goal attempts, including two in the first half to keep them within striking distance.
Middle Man: P Riley Dixon – Dixon had a nice day on Saturday, averaging over 40 yards per punt including two of his four attempts landing inside the 20-yard line.
Bottom Feeder: None - The Syracuse special teams group was solid. No major issues this week.