The weather has done a number to slow down this Syracuse Orange offense and that’s a big part of the reason SU trails the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 14-9 at halftime.
Heavy rain has been coming down for most of the game so far and that’s caused the Orange to lean on their running game. The result hasn’t been too pretty as the Orange have gone three-and-out often and punted on most drives. Thanks to a late 2nd quarter drive of 10 plays, they were able to score their lone touchdown on the day. They were in position to score a second one before time expired but Eric Dungey threw an ill-advised interception with a second left.
Dontae Strickland has been the highlight, rushing for 71 yards on nine carries with a touchdown to go with it. Dungey is the only other person to get a carry (of sorts) and he has 34 yards on the ground.
The vaunted SU passing attack is on standby as Dungey is 8-of-12 for 59 yards and an INT. Amba Etta-Tawo’s streak of 100-yard games is in serious jeopardy as he has two catches for 16 yards so far. Cam MacPherson leads the way with two catches for 26 yards.
The Orange benefitted greatly from Wake Forest snafus early on. Wake botched a punt snap on their first drive, leading to a Syracuse safety. Later on they drove all the way down to the goal line before fumbling the ball away for a touchback.
Syracuse isn’t out of it by a long-shot but they have to cut down on the mistakes and make some defensive stops if they want to win.
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