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Syracuse defeats Wake Forest 39-30 in overtime to end 2019 season (full coverage)

As is customary for football games between the Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, this was a weird one — a weird one that ultimately (stunningly) ended in a 39-30 overtime win for Syracuse.

After forcing four turnovers in the first half, but failing to capitalize much, Syracuse’s defense showed some holes in the second half as the Deacons came back from a 17-6 deficit to make it 20-20, 27-27 and then 30-30 at the end of regulation.

Though Nick Sciba had a rare missed field goal (he came in making 34 straight tries), he did hit as time in the fourth expired to knot the game at 30. That was just 44 seconds after Andrew Szmyt hit his own critical field goal to give SU a three-point lead.

Syracuse received the ball first in overtime, connecting on another Szmyt field goal to make it 33-30. But it was Trill Williams, who stripped Wake Forest inside the 10 and returned it for a touchdown to take home the 39-30 victory.

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A collection of 22 senior players will suit up for the final time in the Dome when Syracuse (4-7, 1-6 ACC) hosts Wake Forest (8-3, 4-3 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 30 to close out the season. Following the game, the group will briefly enter the locker room before returning to the field for the Senior Walk, a tradition head coach Dino Babers instituted in 2017. This year’s outgoing class will take one last lap around the field to reflect on their time as Syracuse University student-athletes.

This season started with high expectations both inside and outside the program, Babers said during his Monday press conference. Though the record is not what it was in 2018 when the Orange won 10 games, there have been many lessons learned.

“The biggest thing our players can take away from this year is the adversity,” Babers said. “You have to turn a negative into a positive. There were expectations from a lot of people, including a lot of people who were in this room on Sunday for the team meeting. Things didn’t go our way. Now we need to take that and put it somewhere and remember how hard you have to work for something when you want it and that you can’t wish, you have to make it happen. I think that’s a message that’s been learned by all the members on our team, and a lot of people in the community, as well.”

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