RALEIGH, N.C. - The Orange claimed its first ACC victory over NC State, defeating the Wolfpack 24-10 on Saturday evening at Carter Finley Stadium in front of 56,639 spectators. Syracuse dominated on the run game, tallying 362 yards on the ground.
Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each had 100+ yards on the ground, with Smith rushing for 140 yards and Gulley right behind him with 132. Both running backs scored a touchdown and had a 50+ yard run in the contest. This is the first time the Orange have had two 100+ yard backs since the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl when the same duo accomplished the feat.
Terrel Hunt completed 10 of his 20 passing attempts and rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown. Ashton Broyld lead Orange receivers with three catches for 43 yards and a career long catch of 39 yards.
Two Orange defenders had career days with Cameron Lynch posting a career- and game-high 14 take downs including two tackles for a loss of 12 yards. Durell Eskridge made 13 stops, a personal best, and snagged an interception, which he returned for 32 yards.
NC State had passing attempts from four different players. Pete Thomas completed 17 of his 35 attempts for 151 yards, throwing one touchdown in the process. Bryan Underwood led the Wolfpack receivers, catching six passes for 89 yards.
In the opening drive of the second quarter, Hunt found an opening in the NC State defense and scrambled 17 yards to the one yard line. Smith finished things off, pushing his way into the end zone and giving the Orange a 7-0 lead with 11:11 to go in the half.
After the Orange and the Wolfpack exchanged interceptions on three consecutive drives at the end of the first half, NC State capitalized on the second SU turnover and scored on a 21-yard touchdown reception by David Grinnage, tying the game at 7-7 going into the locker room.
Prince-Tyson Gulley took off on a 55-yard run that put Syracuse on the NC State three yard line but the Orange couldn't force its way past the Wolfpack and settled for a 19-yard Ryan Norton field goal to take a 10-7 lead with 4:13 left in the third quarter.
NC State tied the game again in the fourth quarter of a 27-yard field goal by Niklas Sade, bringing the score to 10-10 with 10:12 remaining in regulation.
Smith took off on a 57-yard run to put the Orange in the red zone before Gulley rushed 18 yards and stretched out to score the second SU touchdown of the day, putting Syracuse ahead of NC State 16-10 with 6:13 remaining. SU attempted to add two more to the board on a fake PAT attempt but Charley Loeb's throw was unsuccessful.
The Orange padded their lead with 2:39 left in the game off of an 8-yard run into the end zone by Hunt. Norton ran instead of kicked and added two more to the board, bringing the score to 24-10, which the Wolfpack would not change on its final drive of the game.
Syracuse is back in action next Saturday at Georgia Tech. The game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.