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 gets 1st shutout win in conf game since Oct. 5, 1996 (42-0 over Rutgers). QB that day: Donovan McNabb #karma
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 2, 2013
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.