Syracuse vs. CMU Game Notes

Game notes from Syracuse's 40-3 win over Central Michigan.

Syracuse improved to 2-0 after a dominating 40-3 victory over Central Michigan. Syracuse Athletics provided the following game notes.


- The Orange improved to 2-0 on the season for the second time in four years (2011). Prior to 2011, the last time Syracuse won consecutive games to start a season was 1999.
- Syracuse has 707 all-time victories, tied with Virginia Tech for the 15th-most in FBS history and the most of any ACC program.
- SU improved to 2-0 all-time versus Central Michigan and has won its last four versus Mid-American Conference teams.
- Since 2009, the Orange is 6-2 in games following bye weeks.
- The victory snapped Central Michigan’s five-game winning streak and was the Chippewas’ first loss of 2014.


- Syracuse is 7-0 under head coach Scott Shafer when leading at the half. SU held a 17-3 advantage at the break.
- After allowing 190 yards rushing in the opener vs. Villanova, the Orange defense yielded 34 yards on 23 attempts (1.5 avg.).
- The Orange scored on all five of its red-zone possessions versus CMU to remain perfect in the red zone this season (9-9).
- Eleven different Orange receivers combined for the team’s 20 receptions.
- The Syracuse offensive line did not allow a sack for the second straight game.
- The Orange forced two CMU turnovers, resulting in 14 points.
- Three of Syracuse’s five offensive scoring drives were at least 12 plays long.
Cameron Lynch’s third-quarter safety was the first for the Orange since the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl vs. West Virginia (2). Lynch had one of SU’s two safeties against the Mountaineers.
Marqez Hodge’s 36-yard, second-quarter fumble return for a touchdown was SU’s first since Dyshawn Davis picked up a loose ball and ran it back 52 yards for a score vs. Pittsburgh in 2012.


Luke Arciniega, Sr., LB
- Recorded the second sack of his career in the second quarter.  

Adonis Ameen-Moore, Sr., RB
- Posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career. Ameen-Moore gained 106 yards on nine carries (11.8 avg.), including a career- long rush of 53 yards.  

Jamal Custis, Fr., TE/WR
- Credited with his first career rushing attempt for a gain of one yard. - Caught three passes for 11 yards.  

Eric Crume, Sr., NT
- Forced the second fumble of his career, which was picked up by Marqez Hodge and returned 36 yards for a touchdown.
- Finished with three tackles, including 1.0 for a loss.  

Dyshawn Davis, Sr., LB
- Recorded six tackles, including 1.0 for a loss.
- Davis has 33.0 career TFLs, tied with Antwuane Ponds (1994-97) for seventh on SU’s all-time list.

Brisly Estime, So., HB
- Caught the second touchdown pass of his career (first of the season) with 1:52 left in the first half to extend the SU lead to 17-3.

Zaire Franklin, Fr., LB
- Saw action for the second straight game.
- Credited with the first two tackles of his career.

Terrel Hunt, Sr., QB
- Made his 12th career start.
- Accounted for 267 of the Orange’s 464 yards of total offense (175 passing/92 rushing) and was responsible for four of SU’s five touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing).
- Threw his first touchdown pass of the season and the 11th of his career to Brisly Estime late in the second quarter.
- Rushed 13 times for 92 yards, including a career-long rush of 36 yards in the third quarter.
- Scored a personal-best three rushing touchdowns, increasing his career number of rushing TDs to 10. He is the first SU back to score three TDs on the ground since Delone Carter did so vs. Akron in 2009.

Marqez Hodge, So., LB
- Recovered the first fumble of his career and returned it 36 yards to give the Orange a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.  

Steve Ishmael, Fr., WR
- Earned his second straight start.
- Made a career-long, 16-yard reception late in the first quarter.

Cameron Lynch, Sr., LB
- Made his 16th consecutive start.
- Led the Orange in tackles (8) for the second straight game.
- Set career highs in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5).
- Recorded the second safety of his career when he corralled CMU QB Cooper Rush in the end zone early in the third quarter.

Omari Palmer, Jr., OG
- Made the first start of his career at left guard.

Ervin Philips, Fr., RB
- Recorded the first rushing attempts of his career. He ran nine times for 55 yards, including a long of 12 yards.
- Caught his first career pass in the fourth quarter. It went for one yard.
- Returned one kickoff for nine yards.

Donnie Simmons, Sr., DE
- Registered the first tackle of his career in the second quarter.

Rodney Williams, Fr., FS
- Credited with the first two tackles of his career.
- Recovered his first career fumble on a muffed CMU third-quarter kickoff return.

Wayne Williams, Jr., NT
- Made his Orange debut and finished with a pair of tackles.


- The Orange wore all white uniforms (jerseys, pants, helmets).


- Syracuse won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half.

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