Post-Game Notes: Syracuse vs USF

Post-game notes from Syracuse football's 45-20 loss to South Florida.

Notes courtesy of Syracuse Athletics. 

Team Notes

- Syracuse tied the ACC single-game record for most plays. The Orange ran 105 plays (55 rushing, 50 passing) for 549 yards (5.2 avg.). The total matched the conference record established by Maryland in 1992 versus NC State. The previous Syracuse record for most plays was 100 versus Virginia Tech in 2002, a game that was decided in triple overtime.

- The Orange scored 17 points in the first quarter against the Bulls. It marked the most points scored by Syracuse in an opening period since Sept. 21, 2013 against Tulane when SU notched 21 points in the first frame.

- Syracuse recorded 19 first downs in the first half against USF. The team only recorded 19 first downs in a single contest three times during the 2015 campaign. The Orange finished the game with 30 first downs for the second game in a row.

- For the first time since Oct. 24, 2015 against Pittsburgh, and only the second time in the last two seasons, Syracuse recorded a touchdown on its opening drive of the game (Eric Dungey 24-yard TD pass to Ervin Philips).

- Redshirt senior offensive lineman Omari Palmer, junior linebacker Parris Bennett, and junior linebacker Jonathan Thomas served as the game captains against USF.

- USF won the coin toss and deferred selection until the second half. Syracuse elected to receive the opening kickoff.

Individual Notes

- Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey was 32-for-48 passing for 350 yards and two touchdowns. Dungey has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season. He has eight multi-touchdown passes games in his collegiate career. In addition, he became the sixth quarterback in program history to post multiple 300-yard passing games. The others: Ryan Nassib (7), Marvin Graves (5), R.J. Anderson (3), Donovan McNabb (3), Andrew Robinson (2).

- Redshirt senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught eight passes for 123 yards. Etta-Tawo tied the school record with his third straight 100-yard game. He is the first SU pass-catcher to achieve the feat since Alec Lemon did so during the 2012 season.  

- Sophomore running back Dontae Strickland carried the ball 30 times for a career-high 127 yards. Strickland became the first Orange player to record at least 100 yards on the ground since Jordan Fredericks ran for 103 yards versus Rhode Island in the 2015 season opener.  

- Junior wide receiver Ervin Philips hauled in 10 passes for a career-best 95 yards and one touchdown. Philips has at least six receptions for in every game this season. He is averaging 10.0 catches per outing in 2016.

- Junior wide receiver Steve Ishmael made three receptions for 30 yards on Saturday. Ishmael has tallied at least one catch in each of the past 15 games.

- Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Chris Slayton recorded one tackle for a loss Saturday, upping his career total in that category to nine.

- Sophomore kicker Cole Murphy converted two field-goal attempts on Saturday. Murphy ranks ninth in school history with 35 career field goals made. He also made both of his extra-point tries to extend his streak of consecutive made PATs to 56.

- Sophomore safety Daivon Ellison recorded a forced fumble in the first quarter against USF, the first of his collegiate career. Ellison also finished with a personal-best 11 tackles.

- Freshman defensive end Josh Black made his college debut and notched one tackle for a loss of six yards.

- Redshirt freshman center Colin Byrne and sophomore safety Daivon Ellison both made their first career starts. Byrne replaced Jason Emerich in the lineup and Ellison filled in for Kielan Whitner who were both Saturday due to injury. 

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