Team and individual post-game notes from Syracuse's 33-7 win over Colgate.
For the first time in program history, two Orange notched at least 10 receptions in a single game. Junior wide receiver Ervin Philips hauled in a school-record 14 catches, while redshirt senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had 12 receptions against Colgate.
For the third consecutive season, Syracuse kicked off the season against an FCS opponent inside the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. With their win against Colgate, the Orange have won 33 straight games against current FCS competition.
Head coach Dino Babers became the first Orange head coach to win in his debut since Paul Pasqualoni in 1992.
As a team, Syracuse threw for 437 yards on the night. It marked the most yards through the air by the Orange since 2012 against Northwestern. Babers owns a 15-4 overall record when his teams throw for at least 400 yards.
The Orange completed 17 passes in the first half of Friday’s game. Syracuse recorded less than 17 completions in nine games in 2015.
Colgate was the first team to put points on the board on Friday night. SU responded with 33 unanswered points en route to a 33-7 victory. It marked only the eighth time in Babers’ career as a head coach that his team won a game in which its opposition scored first.
The Orange tied the all-time series against Colgate with their win on Friday. The series is tied at 31-31-5 after 67 meetings between the New York foes.
Redshirt senior center Jason Emerich, junior linebacker Zaire Franklin, and sophomore long snapper Matt Keller were the Orange game captains for the season opener against in-state foe Colgate.
Colgate won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey opened the game with 13 consecutive completions. Dungey finished the game 34-for-40 passing for a personal-best 355 yards and two touchdowns. The second-year signal caller ranks second in Orange single-game history with 34 completions. His .850 completion percentage is tied for third in SU single-game history. In addition, his 355 passing yards ranks ninth in Syracuse single-game history.
Sophomore wide receiver Ervin Philips registered seven receptions on the first two drives of the game, eclipsing his previous personal best of six. Philips tallied 14 catches for 87 yards and one touchdown on the night, matching the SU single-game record with 14 receptions.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo hauled in a 43-yard touchdown reception from Dungey in the first quarter, his first catch of his Syracuse career. Etta-Tawo notched his third 100-yard receiving game of his career, his second inside the Carrier Dome. He finished with a career-high 12 receptions for a personal-best 210 yards. He became only the sixth player in program history to record at least 200 yards receiving in a game and his outing ranks fifth in SU single-game history.
On his very first carry of his collegiate career, freshman running back Moe Neal broke free for a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Neal carried the ball nine times for a team-high 68 yards on the night.
Junior wide receiver Steve Ishmael eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his collegiate career on Friday night against Colgate, the 20th player in program history to do so. Ishmael hauled in six passes for 36 yards.
In his collegiate debut, freshman wide receiver Sean Riley nabbed four receptions for 44 yards.
Junior free safety Antwan Cordy picked up right where he left off last season, notching four tackles, including one tackle for loss against Colgate. Cordy set a Syracuse record with the most tackles for loss by a defensive back, notching 12 on the year.
Junior kicker Cole Murphy was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals against Colgate, setting a new career high in field goals made. Her became the first player to record four field goals made in a game since Ross Krautman did so against Connecticut in 2012. Murphy ranks ninth in program history with 33 career field goals made.
Etta-Tawo, junior linebacker Jonathan Thomas, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Aaron Roberts, sophomore defensive lineman Steven Clark, sophomore offensive lineman Cody Conway, and freshman defensive end Kendall Coleman all made their first starts of their Orange careers against in-state foe Colgate.
Redshirt senior defensive end De’Jon Wilson debuted in his first game in an Orange uniform against Colgate.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Pickard made his first appearance of his Syracuse career on Friday night, notching 1.0 sack.