Syracuse had two defensive touchdowns, and freshman quarterback AJ Long ran for another score as the Orange defeated Wake Forest 30-7 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Robert Welsh returned an interception 42 yards for a TD and Micah Robinson scored on a 51-yard fumble return to give Syracuse its first win since Sept. 13 when they beat Eastern Michigan.
The Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC) knocked out Wake Forest starting quarterback John Wolford in the second quarter, rendering the Demon Deacons already struggling offense even more ineffective. His replacement Tyler Cameron was benched in the fourth quarter.
Syracuse limited Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3) to 89 yards after Wolford left the game while outgaining the Demon Deacons 370-170.
Long completed 22 of 32 passes for 171 yards and had a 4-yard touchdown run in his second start, while Devante McFarlane ran for 114 yards on 10 carries.