Syracuse football (3-4, 1-2) hosts Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) this Saturday. The last time the Orange was in action SU “got (its) rumps kicked” in the words of head Coach Scott Shafer following the beat down in Atlanta.
The Orange looks to rebound from that horrible 56-0 loss against Georgia Tech with a win against Wake Forest at home. SU gave up nearly 400 yards on the ground alone against the Yellow Jackets, but the run defense is not the only worry against the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest averages 230 passing yards compared to 95 rushing yards and quarterback, Tanner Price, has been in form this season. The senior has thrown for 1,778 yards and 12 touchdown passes this season, while only throwing four interceptions. Price’s main target is Michael Campanaro who has 792 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns on the year.
The SU defense has also struggled against the pass this season, especially against good quarterbacks. You may remember Tajh Boyd’s 468 yards last time Syracuse played in the Carrier Dome. The orange defense did receive good news as Syracuse welcomes back linebacker Dyshawn Davis from injury.
Another big storyline deals with the kicking position. Earlier in the week starting kicker, Ryan Norton, was suspended after Syracuse police arrested the sophomore last weekend following an open container violation.
Coach Shafer said, “Riley Dixon and Jonathan Fisher will split kicking duties vs. Wake for suspended Ryan Norton…It will depend on the situation.”
Both sides of the ball look to use this game to rebound. The SU offense that failed to register a single point against Georgia Tech led by Terrel Hunt, who failed to throw for 100 yards for the third straight game. As well as the SU defense who allowed more than 500 total yards and 56 points to the Yellow Jackets.
Syracuse was able to beat Wake Forest in the Carrier Dome two years ago in an overtime thriller 36-29. Will the orange be able to pull out the W on Saturday? Tune into WAER’s coverage at 88.3 FM or www.waer.org starting at noon with Countdown to Kickoff. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:30.