EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Syracuse victory against UConn brought personal victories to wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo.
The graduate transfer from Maryland is four games in with Syracuse and already seeing big numbers. In the season opener against Colgate, Etta-Tawo dominated with Eric Dungey in the driver seat. Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for a total of 210 yards. That’s six yards less than his total yardage for the season at Maryland last year.
In tough contests against Louisville and USF, Etta-Tawo still had about 100 yards in the losses.
In the Pratt & Whitney Stadium, Etta-Tawo was in the spotlight from the very beginning. Etta-Tawo is responsible for the back-to-back touchdowns in the first five minutes against UConn. He would catch a 57-yard pass and 30-yard pass from Dungey to put SU on the board early on.
“They’ve just got this connection with them,” head coach Dino Babers said. “They just know what the other person is going to do. Eric has a lot of faith throwing that ball up to him in 50/50 situations."
The game would be smooth sailing from then on for Etta-Tawo. The wide receiver would catch a total of 12 passes, a stat he completed only once under Babers’ rule against Colgate. In Maryland, Etta-Tawo’s career-high was 6 catches per game in his three-year career with the Terps. Ironically, the 6 catches were in a loss to Syracuse, 20-3, in his 2013 season.
Etta-Tawo broke school records as well in the 31-24 victory. The graduate transfer would have a total of 270 receiving yards against the Huskies. He broke a 31-year-old Syracuse record for total receiving yards in a single game. Scott Schwedes held the record after recording 249 yards versus Boston College back in 1985.
Etta-Tawo established a milestone for Syracuse as well. Etta-Tawo became the first Syracuse player in program history to have multiple 200+ yard games, Colgate and UConn.
Etta-Tawo’s next contest will be against Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on October 1st.null