The Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers combined for 137 points on Saturday in Syracuse’s 76-61 loss, making it the highest-scoring game in FBS history, according to ESPN stats & info.
The 76 points were the most allowed by Syracuse in school history, breaking a 125-year old record previously set by Union.
The staggering number of points allowed caps off what has been a worrisome trend for the Orange this year, as Syracuse allowed 463 points, an average of 38.6 a game, this season – the most in Orange history.
Pitt was the latest, and final, team to take advantage of Syracuse’s Swiss cheese defense, forcing the Orange into a shoot out early.
The two teams combined for 56 points in the first half, with the Panthers taking a 35-21 advantage at the break. Instead of easing up, both Syracuse and Pitt kept their foot on the pedal in the second half, combining for 47 points in the fourth quarter alone. The two teams also combined for a whopping 58 first downs.
Both Syracuse and Pitt finished with more than 600 yards of total offense, with the Orange ending out the Panthers 668-644.
Pitt scored touchdowns of 35, 59, 66, 77 and 79 yards. Syracuse did most of its damage inside the red zone, but did have one big play courtesy of a 49-yard touchdown reception by Amba Etta-Tawo.
Backup quarterback Zack Mahoney finished 43-of-61 passing for 440 yards and seven total touchdowns – two rushing. The 61 pass attempts nearly set a Syracuse record, coming just six shy of breaking former Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib’s record of 66.