GAMEDAY College Football

Wake Forest 40, Syracuse 37

(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

By MARK FRANK
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A.T. Perry said he likely won't sleep for a while and that's understandable.

Perry had three touchdown receptions and his last, an acrobatic 22-yard catch in the left corner of the end zone, lifted No. 19 Wake Forest to a 40-37 overtime victory over Syracuse.

"I knew I caught it," said Perry, who also scored on pass plays covering 46 and 69 yards. "I just wanted to know if it was in bounds. After I caught it, I closed my eyes. I've looked forward my whole life to making a catch to win a game. I'm shaking. I won't be able to sleep tonight."

The triumph for Wake Forest (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave the Demon Deacons their first 6-0 start since 1944.

Perry's winning catch came while he was falling backwards and spinning to the turf.

"I'm small and I can twist and torque my body," he said.

The win was just another step in the right direction for the Demon Deacons, who are aiming high.

"Nothing is done yet. Our goal is to win lots of games and be in a big, final game," said quarterback Sam Hartman, who accounted for four touchdowns. In addition to his three scores to Perry, Hartman ran it in from the 1 for another. He was 19 of 32 for 330 yards passing.

"We're proud to get the win, but we have a lot more goals than 6-0," coach Dave Clawson said.

The loss was the second straight heartbreaker for Syracuse (3-3, 0-2), which lost to Florida State 33-30 a week ago.

"One thing I'm really excited about is that we have a football team," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "I'm disappointed about the loss. When you think about the ways we've played the last three games, they're playing together, they're staying together. It was one of the deals where we wish we had come out of this with a positive, but we're looking forward to what we can do going down the stretch."

A 38-yard field goal by Andre Szmyt gave Syracuse a 37-34 lead on the first possession of overtime, but the Demon Deacons scored six plays later.

Sean Tucker scored on a 28-yard pass and run from Garrett Shrader with 21 seconds to go in regulation to cap a 94-yard drive and tie the game at 34 after the Demon Deacons had taken a 34-27 lead just three minutes earlier on a 10-yard run by Christian Beal-Smith.

Syracuse was planning to go for a 2-point conversion to win the game but was penalized for delay of game. Instead, Szmyt's extra point merely tied the game at 34.

"The biggest thing is there wasn't a sense of urgency about what was going on out on the football field," Babers said.. "There were certain cats who were taking their time and we needed to speed that thing up. It was disappointing. I didn't want it to go to overtime. We wanted to win the doggone game."

The loss spoiled a game effort by the Orange, who racked up 354 yards rushing, all but 23 of the total from Shrader and Tucker and the most in an ACC game since 2014. And Syracuse was without two starters on the offensive line and a third lineman was injured during the game.

Tucker scored three touchdowns and gained 153 yards, his fourth consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing. Shrader, 15 of 27 passing, accounted for 178 yards on the ground and 160 passing.

The Orange held a 21-10 lead with 6:49 to go in the second quarter, but a decision to accept a holding penalty on third down when declining would have set up a 51-yard field goal attempt by Sciba seemed to turn the momentum. Wake converted on third-and-23 and scored a touchdown to trim the halftime lead to 21-17, the first of 16 straight points.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WakeSyr
Wake FG 12:06 Nick Sciba 22 yd FG 3 0
Syr TD 8:28 Sean Tucker 6 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 3 7
Second Quarter WakeSyr
Syr TD 14:21 Anthony Queeley 24 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (Andre Szmyt kick) 3 14
Wake TD 11:53 A.T. Perry 46 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba kick) 10 14
Syr TD 6:49 Garrett Shrader 5 yd run (Andre Szmyt kick) 10 21
Wake TD 0:48 Sam Hartman 1 yd run (Nick Sciba kick) 17 21
Third Quarter WakeSyr
Wake FG 7:57 Nick Sciba 40 yd FG 20 21
Wake TD 4:32 A.T. Perry 69 yd pass from Sam Hartman (failed 2pt pass) 26 21
Syr TD 2:23 Sean Tucker 14 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 26 27
Fourth Quarter WakeSyr
Wake TD 3:28 Christian Beal-Smith 10 yd run (Jaquarii Roberson 2pt pass from Sam Hartman) 34 27
Syr TD 0:21 Sean Tucker 28 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (Andre Szmyt kick) 34 34
OT WakeSyr
Syr FG   Andre Szmyt 38 yd FG 34 37
Wake TD   A.T. Perry 22 yd pass from Sam Hartman 40 37
Team Stats
  Wake Forest Syracuse
First downs 21 33
  Rushing 6 23
  Passing 14 9
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 7-15, 47%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 37-96 58-354
Passing Yards 330 160
Return Yards 103 139
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-1 15-27-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--19 2--16
Punts 5 6
Punts-Average 45.6 30.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-45 3-30
Time of Possession 26:10 33:50
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 19 32 330 3 1
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Shrader 15 27 160 2 0
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Beal-Smith 17 63 3.7 1
C. Turner 5 14 2.8 0
J. Ellison 5 13 2.6 0
S. Hartman 9 8 0.9 1
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Shrader 29 178 6.1 1
S. Tucker 26 153 5.9 2
C. Lutz 2 16 8.0 0
C. Jackson 1 7 7.0 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Perry 3 137 45.7 3
J. Roberson 9 135 15.0 0
T. Morin 2 17 8.5 0
B. Whiteheart 1 15 15.0 0
D. Stewart 2 14 7.0 0
K. Williams 2 12 6.0 0
Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Jackson 5 64 12.8 0
A. Queeley 2 32 16.0 1
S. Tucker 3 29 9.7 1
D. Cooper 1 15 15.0 0
S. Johnson 1 10 10.0 0
T. Pena 1 7 7.0 0
D. Alford 1 3 3.0 0
L. Benson 1 0 0.0
0
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Simmons 1 4
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 5 228 45.6
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Williams 6 185 30.8
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 2 15 7.5
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 3 31 10.3
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Taylor 3 66 22.0
K. Williams 1 22 22.0
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 5 90 18.0
C. Elmore 1 14 14.0
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
A. Szmyt 45




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