Amba Etta-Tawo: Etta-Tawo continues to have a monster season. Against UConn, he torched their top cornerback Jamar Summers, who is considered an NFL prospect. Etta-Tawo got open deep, on intermediate routes and made plays in the short passing game. In total, he racked up 12 catches for 270 yards and two touchdowns. The 270 yards set a new Orange single game record, breaking Scott Schwedes 1985 mark when he had 249 yards against Boston College.
Zaire Franklin: Franklin had a team-high 14 tackles (tied with Daivon Ellison and Parris Bennett), 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass break up in once of his finest games during his Syracuse career. Franklin's pass breakup came late in the third quarter with the score tied at 17. Franklin tipped a pass that popped up into the air and was intercepted by Cordell Hudson. Hudson returned the pick for a touchdown. The Orange would never look back.
Franklin flew all over the field on Saturday and was disruptive throughout. His biggest play may have been on a fourth down in the fourth quarter. With UConn threatening to tie the game, they faced a fourth and goal at the two yard line. Huskies quarterback Bryce Shirreffs decided to keep it. As he lept into the air from about the three yard line, Franklin was there to meet him and knock him to the ground short of the goal line. Syracuse would take over and score to put the game away on the subsequent possession.
Sean Riley: Riley had a nice 17 yard punt return and averaged over 20 yards per kick return on Saturday. It was not spectacular, but it was a solid performance from the new Orange returner.null