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

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

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.

 

Topics: College Football, Syracuse Orange, Wake Forest Deamon Deacons, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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