Syracuse Runs by Colgate, Wins Season Opener

Syracuse starts the season with a convincing win over FCS Colgate.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Dino Babers started with a bang, though not as quickly as he would have liked. Colgate (0-1) started with the ball and, aided by a special teams penalty on the Orange, marched down the field for an early touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Syracuse (1-0) answered and them some, with offensive fireworks on their first possession.

Amba Etta-Tawo kicked things off as Eric Dungey connected with the transfer receiver on a 43-yard bomb that got them going. Two series later, true freshman Moe Neal took his first collegiate handoff 49-yards to the house. Syracuse never looked back, cruising to a 33-7 victory behind an offense that put up over 550-yards of total offense.

Dungey completed his first 13 passes on his way to a monster game. He finished 34-40 for 355 yards and two touchdowns. It was the ninth most passing yards in a single game in Orange history.

Junior wide receiver Ervin Philips had double digit catches as he was prominently featured in the offense. He finished with 14 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. The 14 receptions tied a school record (Art Monk). 


Syracuse entered the game having not had a player hit 10 or more catches in a game since Alec Lemon in 2012. The Orange had two in this one, as Etta-Tawo also hit the mark. It was the first time in program history two hit double digit receptions in the same game. 

Etta-Tawo also led Syracuse in receiving yards, finishing with 12 catches for 210 yards in his Orange debut. The graduate transfer came to Syracuse with just one career 100-yard receiving game at Maryland, ironically in the Carrier Dome against the Orange. Had eclipsed the century mark in the first half of this one. 


Defensively, Syracuse did not force a turnover, but kept Colgate off the scoreboard after the first drive. Colgate was held to under 200 yards overall on the game. 

Syracuse next hosts Louisville (1-0, 0-0) Friday, September 9th with an 8pm kickoff inside the Carrier Dome.


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