The Syracuse Orange put together a quality performance on Saturday, beating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 41-17. SU’s defense led the way, setting up the offense for some quick points. And overall, it was the run game that really pushed the Orange forward with big plays. That doesn’t mean the passing game to do anything of note, however.
We’ll be highlighting the most notable (largely offensive) Orange statistical accomplishments in this space each week.
For years, Troy Nunes was the only player to hold a true claim to being an Absolute Magician (TM), but Eric Dungey may have made his own case on Saturday. Though his day vs. CMU was nothing out of the ordinary, he was able to climb the career passing yards list for Syracuse. His 279 on the day give him 4,764 in his career -- now in sole possession of sixth on the all-time list at Syracuse. He passed Troy Nunes and R.J. Anderson on Saturday. Next up is Perry Patterson (HOW?!) at 5,220.
Dungey’s 105 rushing yards give him 996 total yards on the year, and 5,760 for his career. He’s sixth all-time there too, but could very well pass Bill Hurley for fifth this Saturday. The junior quarterback also surpassed Walter Reyes for fifth on the all-time touchdowns list. His 47 are 18 behind the next names (Don McPherson, Marvin Graves) on the list, however.
Looking nationally, Dungey’s 31st in the country in passing yards, 16th in completions and 17th in attempts. Two straight middling completion percentages (not his fault, in large part) have knocked his rate down to about 65 there.
With 892 yards on the year, Syracuse is still a top-30 passing offense in terms of yards per game.
With 748 rushing yards in his career, Dungey is top-50 in Syracuse history already. But in terms of rushing quarterbacks, he currently sits fifth. With another typical effort (50 yards on the ground) this weekend, he could surpass Terrel Hunt for fourth. He’s 252 yards from becoming just the fourth Orange QB to run for 1,000 yards. Donovan McNabb, McPherson and Hurley are the others.
Also, SU is now a top-50 rushing offense in terms of yards per game. Clearly that wasn’t expected at all...
Though Steve Ishmael failed to catch more than 10 passes again (he had 12 and 14, respectively, in the first two games), he topped 100 yards yet again -- making him the seventh player in school history to have three straight such games.
Ishmael’s 34 catches have vaulted him to third on the all-time list for Syracuse, as mentioned last week. But at 148 total, he’s now just two behind Ervin Philips for second in career grabs. They’re both about 50 behind Alec Lemon, which seems fairly attainable.
Saturday’s 139-yard effort helped him pass Jarrod West for seventh, and if he can get 111 yards vs. LSU, he’ll tie Mike Williams for sixth at 2,044 yards. Ishmael already has 389 receiving yards on the year and he’s on pace for 1,556 on the year — about 70 more than Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season record set last year.
Ishmael is sixth in the country in average receiving yards per game, and leads the whole country in catches, with 34. That’s four more than the nearest competitor, Colorado State’s Michael Gallup, who’s also played in four games already.
Syracuse put up 41 points (seven from the defense) this weekend, helping lift the team’s per-game average back up to 38 points per game (36th in the nation). At 491 yards per game, the Orange are 26th in the country right now.
SU’s 18th first downs were the lowest figure so far this year, though that does get balanced out by the fact that there were more big plays (and more points). They’re still averaging nearly 26 first downs per game, which is top 20 in the country. Red zone scoring remains high, now at 17-for-18 on the season following a 5-for-5 effort vs. Central Michigan. Just three teams have more red zone scores than Syracuse right now.
Things got a bit better on the touchdown rate front, though the Orange still settled for field goals a couple times. A 55.56-percent touchdown rate compared to a 94.44-percent scoring rate shows how many points SU leaves on the board each game.
The Orange fell short of the 90-play mark, running just 79 plays vs. the Chippewas. But again, big plays and more points make that easier to stomach -- even for Dino Babers.
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