While the Syracuse Orange lost a fifth straight game to end the season on a disappointing note, there were several individual accomplishments achieved along the way. These aren’t substitutes for wins, obviously. But it’s still worth noting the record-setting performances from this season — especially for the seniors who never got a chance to play in a bowl or have the benefit of offensive scheme consistency.
The notes below are just reflective of new records and accomplishments as of the end of the Boston College loss, instead of a full recap of records we’ve already discussed.
After his sixth game of double-digit receptions on the season, Ishmael finished up the year with 105 catches. It’s the most receptions for a Syracuse player in a single season, and he’s also the first Orange wideout to hit the 100-catch mark. Further adding to how impressive that number is: It would be the 11th-best career mark on its own. His 219 career receptions put him second all-time.
The senior’s career-high 187 yards on Saturday bumped him up to 1,347 on the year, which is the second-best total ever behind Amba Etta-Tawo’s mark last year. But Ishmael now owns the career yardage mark at 2,891, surpassing the old top figure set by Marvin Harrison.
Ishmael’s 18 receiving touchdowns on his career are tied for fourth-best all-time with Alec Lemon.
Nationally, Ishmael finished third in receiving yards and was second in receptions, though that final standing could change with other players participating in bowl games.
Not to be outdone, Philips made his own mark on his final game, catching eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, while also running for another 30 yards. Erv’s pass-catching gave him 89 receptions on the year — one shy of his second straight season with 90 -- and 904 yards on the season, which is a career high.
Philips finishes his career with 223 catches, which is the most in school history and at 2,069 yards, he’s one of just eight Orange players to have more than 2,000 receiving yards for his career. His 904 yards this year are also the eighth-highest total in school history. Erv’s 15 receiving touchdowns are among the top 10 career totals in SU history as well.
Nationally, Philips finished fifth in total receptions.
In his first career start, Culpepper threw two touchdown passes, while also accumulating 280 yards through the air. All of that’s notable since they were the first TD passes of his career, and the yardage actually put him on the list of notable freshman passers in Orange history. Rex’s 518 passing yards for 2017 are the sixth-highest freshman total ever at SU.
Zaire Franklin & Parris Bennett
While they may not have put up numbers as gaudy as last year’s, the two senior linebackers certainly ended on a high note. In his third season as defensive captain, Franklin had 85 tackles, giving him 311 on his career (one of only a handful of players to hit the plateau). Bennett topped his career-high by five, hitting 115 tackles on the year. He finished with 273 while playing for the Orange. Bennett was also 16th in the country in tackles.
Even considering the rough patches he experienced over the course of his career, Murphy still finished eighth on the all-time field goal percentage list at 71.3 (59 of 83). As you know, he already held the single-season and career field goal marks going into the final game. However, he missed his lone try against BC.
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