Syracuse didn’t need any overtimes or trick plays to beat Central Michigan on Saturday. Just good defense.
Two weeks after narrowly beating Villanova, the Orange (2-0) easily defeated the Chippewas, 40-3, on Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
"I really challenged the defense to play well in stopping the run," Scott Shafer said. "Coach (Chuck) Bullough, Coach (Tim) Daoust, Coach (Fred) Reed, and Coach (Clark) Lea did a heck of a job of getting those kids ready to play."
Syracuse (5-4, 3-2) football is just one win away from locking up a bowl game, but that victory will be hard to get this weekend as the Orange faces 2nd ranked Florida State (9-0, 7-0).
While Florida State may be 38.5 point favorites in the game, ‘Cuse enters this weekend allowing only three points in its last two games. The Orange’s defense has been in great form as SU travels down to Tallahassee.
Syracuse (5-4, 3-2) took care of Maryland (5-4, 1-4) at Byrd Stadium 20-3 to improve to above .500 for the first time in the Scott Shafer era.
The Orange started the game on an opening 16 play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Jerome Smith one yard touchdown run. Quarterback, Terrel Hunt was a perfect 6 for 6 with 49 yards on the drive. The opening drive was the only touchdown either team scored in the first half.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-The Orange (4-4, 2-2) is on its way to College Park, Maryland to take on the Terps (5-3, 1-3) at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse enters the week coming off a shutout victory over conference foe Wake Forest to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Syracuse football (4-4, 2-2) shut out Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4) in the Carrier Dome 13-0. The Orange defense allowed no points just two weekends after it let Georgia Tech put 56 on the board down in Atlanta.
Both offenses started slow in the first half putting up two zeroes at the intermission. The Orange and Demon Deacons combined for 14 punts and zero 3rd down conversions in the first half.