Nov 2, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons running back Dominique Gibson (14) is tackled by Syracuse Orange defensive end Robert Welsh (94) in the third quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 13-0. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse first shutout since '96 in 13-0 win over Wake Forest

It hasn’t been all roses for the Syracuse Orange football team this season.  But, an interesting and possibly encouraging stat for fans arose today after their 13-0 victory at home against Wake Forest, besides getting back to .500.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Syracuse has held a team to zero points in a conference game for the first time since 1996.

Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) did all the scoring between these two squads in the third quarter.  Terrel Hunt scored on a 6 yard scamper with 8:58 left in the quarter and Brisly Estime scored two minutes later on a 25 yard pass from Jarrod West.  The PAT was blocked, but it didn’t matter because the Orange defense held the rest of the contest.

Syracuse limited Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4 ACC) to 40 yards rushing and just 213 yards total.  Hunt threw for 144 yards on 18-of-30 passing and Prince-Tyson Gulley led the rushers with 85 yards on 13 carries.

With McNabb at quarterback in 1996, Syracuse went 9-3 overall, 6-1 in the Big East and finished with a #21 overall ranking on their way to a 30-17 victory over Houston in the Liberty Bowl.  They went on to win the conference championship the next season.

Syracuse travels to Maryland next Saturday.  Wake Forest gets #3 Florida State at home.


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