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Amba Etta-Tawo sets single-game receiving record in Syracuse win

One record down, more to go?

NCAA Football: Colgate at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The legend of Amba continues.

Syracuse Orange wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo set the school’s single-game receiving record after catching 12 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in Syracuse’s 31 to 24 win over UConn on Saturday.

Former Syracuse receiver Scott Schwedes previously held the record after recording 249 receiving yards against Boston College in 1985.

Etta-Tawo, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list earlier in the week, entered Saturday’s contest as the ACC’s leading receiver, and fourth in the country, with 436 receiving yards – 174 more than the conference’s number two receiver, Louisville’s James Quick.

After Saturday’s record-breaking performance, Etta-Tawo now has 40 catches for 706 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

The Maryland transfer has flourished this year in Syracuse coach Dino Babers’ offense. Prior to this season, Etta-Tawo’s previous career-high was 109 receiving yards (ironically coming against Syracuse in 2013). In just four games with the Orange, Etta-Tawo has already surpassed that total three times, and falling short by just six yards in the one game he didn’t.

  • Syracuse vs. Colgate: 12 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown
  • Syracuse vs. Louisville: 8 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns
  • Syracuse vs. USF: 8 catches for 123 yards
  • Syracuse @ UConn: 12 catches for 270 yards and two touchdowns

Etta-Tawo’s play hasn’t just been impressive, it has been borderline historic. While breaking the single-game receiving record is nice, the redshirt senior is currently on pace to shatter multiple single-season Syracuse records as well.

Here are the three current single-season records for catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.

  • Receptions: Alec Lemon, 70; 2012
  • Receiving Yards: Marvin Harrison, 1,131; 1995
  • Touchdown Receptions: Tommy Kane, 14; 1987

Now, here are Etta-Tawo’s projected numbers at his current pace.

  • Receptions: 120
  • Receiving Yards: 2,118
  • Touchdown Receptions: 15

While Syracuse may not compete for a bowl game, at the very least fans can watch with excitement as Etta-Tawo competes to etch his name into the record books.


What do you think about Etta-Tawo’s record-breaking performance? And do you think he’ll be able to keep up this torrid pace? Leave a comment below.