As previously covered here, Syracuse Orange wide receiver Ervin Philips set a new career receptions record during Saturday’s game. However, that wasn’t the only mark to fall in the loss to Florida State.
Below, we recap some of the other notable accomplishments achieved by Orange players and the offense overall.
On top of just gutting out an excellent performance while dragging Syracuse back into the game, Dungey also ended up earning the most career rushing touchdowns by a QB at Syracuse. He’d previously been tied with Bill Hurley and Donovan McNabb for the lead with 19. However, his fourth quarter scamper to bring the Orange within three points set the new mark. With Dungey still a junior, he’ll be pushing that number even further out of reach for future players, one would assume.
On the year, he already has 2.495 passing yards -- fifth-best in school history. A 300-yard passing effort against Wake Forest on Saturday would vault him to second on the single-season list (supplanting his own stats from last year). Ryan Nassib owns the leading mark with 3,749 yards, however. Not out of reach, but it won’t be easy.
After throwing two more touchdowns against Florida State, Dungey has 14 for 2017. That’s one off his career high of 15 (set last year). If he throws three more touchdowns this year, he’ll have the eighth highest mark in school history. Nassib’s 26 touchdown passes in 2012 are the mark to beat here, though.
In terms of career numbers, Dungey has 40 touchdown passes, which is fifth all-time at Syracuse. He’d need six more to tie Don McPherson for fourth and eight more to reach Marvin Graves. When you add his 20 rushing scores into the mix, he’s also fifth on that list with 60. Six more puts him in sole possession of third place, though.
Given his ability to score with his legs, he is moving up the single-season total touchdowns list now, too. Through nine games, he has 23 touchdowns (already a career-high), and is seven scores away from tying Donovan McNabb’s single-season mark.
At 7,771 total yards on his career, Dungey is a little less than 1,000 yards short of Marvin Graves for third on the career list. Barring injury, he’ll be able to pass McNabb’s mark as a senior.
This section quickly covers Philips and Steve Ishmael. Right now, Philips is the all-time leader in catches at 207. But just 15 behind him is Ishmael at 192. Both seniors should end the year besting Alec Lemon’s previous mark. There’s an outside shot Ishmael’s actually able to catch Philips, too.
Ishmael and Philips are currently second and fourth, respectively, in the country in terms of catches. For Ish, his 78 catches are already a career-high and are the third-most receptions in Syracuse single-season history. Erv’s 73 are 17 short of his career mark set last year, but are still the fourth-most in school history.
In terms of yardage, Ishmael is closing in on doubling his career-high figures, with 986 yards already. That’s the fifth-highest single-season total in school history, and another 100-yard game would put him in third. Amba Etta-Tawo set the season record last year, with 1,482 receiving yards.
Both players have also put up some of the best career yardage totals in Orange history. Philips is currently seventh with 1,898 and he’s less than 150 yards from passing Mike Williams for sixth place. At 2,530 yards, Ishmael is third right now, but just 198 yards shy of Marvin Harrison’s career record.
Ish is also sixth on the all-time receiving touchdowns list, with 16.
Syracuse has converted more third downs than any team in the country, with 76. However, that’s also on the highest number of attempts (181), which is how their conversion rate sits at 41.99, just 47th overall.
The Orange and Northwestern are tied for the most converted fourth downs at 17 apiece. SU’s tried one more time than the Wildcats have, so NU’s rate is a little better. Syracuse has the most fourth down attempts in the country, though that figure also includes the safety against Middle Tennessee.
It’s also worth noting that Syracuse’s red zone scoring continues to look alright — though the touchdown rate continues to be abysmal. SU’s scored on 33 of 38 trips inside the 20, but just 18 of those scores were touchdowns. Their touchdown rate is among the lowest in the country.
And while this is typically offense-focused, we’d be remiss in avoiding the strong third down effort being put forth by Syracuse’s defense this season. Florida State was just 1-of-13 on third down against the Orange, pushing the season mark to 26-of-118 for all opponents. That ads up to just 22.03 percent — the best third down defense in the country by over two full percentage points over Washington State. If the mark holds, it would be the second-lowest opponent conversion percentage in the last five years of college football.
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