Syracuse used turnovers and its run game to claim a 20-3 win over Maryland (5-4, 1-4 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Byrd Stadium. The Orange (5-4, 3-2 ACC) intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and rushed for 242 yards in the victory.
Jerome Smith scored both of Syracuse's touchdowns, bringing his total to 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. He ran for 118 yards on 28 carries to record his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Smith also became the 21st back in program history to reach 2,000 career yards. He has 2,010 yards on 408 career attempts.
Ryan Norton rounded out SU's scoring by kicking a pair of field goals.
Terrel Hunt completed 15-of-24 passes for 140 yards and he was intercepted once. He was also SU's second-leading rusher with 67 yards.
Hunt's primary target was Brisly Estime, who caught four passes for 40 yards, including a 22-yard reception. Jarrod West tallied three receptions for 42 yards, highlighted by a 33-yard, one-handed catch along the sideline.
George Morris II made his return after missing the last three games due to injury. He ran for 50 yards on seven carries to contribute to SU's domination on the ground.
Ritchy Desir led all SU defenders with a personal-best 11 tackles. He also forced the first fumble of his career. Marquis Spruill totaled seven tackles on the day, including two for a loss, and he recovered a fumble that led to an SU field goal. Darius Kelly tied his career high in tackles with eight and broke up a pass.
In addition to the four takeaways, the Orange defense held the Terps to 81 rushing yards on 36 attempts (2.2 yards per carry). They also got after the quarterback, sacking Maryland's C.J. Brown three times.
Brown completed 21 of his 40 passes for 211 yards. Amba Etta-Tawo caught six passes for 109 yards, the most of any receiver in the contest. Nigel King finished with 65 yards on five receptions. Levern Jacobs, who tallied 158 yards his last time out, was held to 25 yards on six receptions.
The Orange marched 80 yards on the opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead with 7:06 remaining in the first quarter. Hunt threw a 22-yard pass to Estime to get in the red zone. Hunt then connected with Estime again to put SU on the five-yard line. After left tackle Sean Hickey made his first career reception and lateraled to Rob Trudo to get down to the one, Smith carried the ball into the end zone for the game's first touchdown.
Syracuse scored again in the closing seconds of the first half. Norton kicked a 34-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 going into the locker room. Norton's three-pointer was set up by Desir, who forced a fumble that was recovered by Spruill at the Maryland 38-yard line.
On the opening drive of the second half, Cameron Lynch picked up a Brown fumble and returned it 18 yards to put SU in Maryland territory. An 11-yard run by Smith, followed by an 11-yard catch by Ashton Broyld put the Orange on the Maryland 18. Syracuse could only come up with four more yards on the next set of downs and settled for a 30-yard Norton field goal with 10:03 to go in the third, making the score 13-0.
Maryland ended SU's bid for its second straight shutout when Brad Craddock kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the stanza, closing the gap to 13-3. The score snapped the Orange's shutout streak at 113 minutes and 22 seconds (more than six full quarters) dating back to the fourth period at Georgia Tech on Oct. 19.
Smith added six more points to the board in the fourth quarter to give Syracuse a 19-3 lead with 10:33 left in the game. Hunt had a key 29-yard run on 3rd-and-5 to keep the drive alive, and Smith broke a tackle and scored from 21 yards out two plays later to record his second touchdown. Norton's PAT was good and the Orange went up 20-3.
The Syracuse held the Terps in check for the remainder of the game, stopping them on fourth down three times on their last three possessions.
The Orange is on the road again next week when they take on No. 2 Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.