The most fun part of Syracuse Orange football in the Dino Babers era has been the wins, of late. But those also come with a very entertaining offensive attack (and some opportunistic defense this year as well).
We’ve checked in on the record book from time to time in 2018, and now with the 2018 regular season over, we can look once more and see what fell already, and might be within reach when the Orange play in whatever bowl they end up being sent to (Camping World or Pinstripe).
To no surprise, we start with...
Dungey finished off this season with 2,565 passing yards — his second-highest total at Syracuse (he had more in 2016) thus far. If he has a huge effort against whoever we face in the postseason, Dungey would be the second Orange player to ever hit the 3,000-yard mark in one season. On his career, he has 9,037 yards through the air, which puts him just 153 shy of Ryan Nassib’s record of 9,190.
Dungey’s 1,249 career attempts sit second all-time to Nassib’s 1,312m and it’s probably for the best he doesn’t pass that mark in the bowl game. His completions record is a little more attainable, though, as Dungey is just 26 short at 765.
At 1,971 career rushing yards, Dungey is 29 yards away from becoming the second quarterback in Syracuse history to rush for 2,000 or more (joining Bill Hurley). He already has the most rushing touchdowns ever by any Orange QB at 35, and that also ties him with Floyd Little for second-most in school history. He’s not catching Walter Reyes in first with 45.
The senior’s 11,008 total yards are already the most of any player in school history, and he’ll add to that total in December. With six touchdowns against Boston College, he set the single-season record already with 32, and will likely put that one further out of reach for whoever challenges it next. On his career, he has 92 total scores, which is just four behind Donovan McNabb’s record.
Longshot here given the shared backfield and Dungey’s contributions on the ground, but Neal has 827 yards on the season — 173 away from a 1,000-yard campaign. Seems unlikely he’d eclipse the mark, but could be close with a big 13th game.
The junior wideout didn’t put up HUGE numbers this year compared to some previous receivers under Dino Babers. Still, 63 catches puts him in the top-10 for single-season totals, with a chance to get into the top five.
SU’s stellar former walk-on has slowed down in recent weeks with just one made field goal on three attempts. He’s still 28-of-32 on the year, and owns ACC and Syracuse single-season records for scoring and field goals made. He’s three short of tying the NCAA mark for successful field goals in a season.
Alton Robinson tallied another sack on Saturday, getting his season total to 10 — now one of the top-10 totals in school history. He’s three sacks away from the top-five. Kendall Coleman didn’t play against Boston College, but could conceivably get to 10 with a big game against our bowl opponent (he has seven right now).
Andre Cisco added another interception in this one and almost had another. His season total of seven is now tied for the best mark in college football, and is one shy of the single-season mark for Syracuse, too (eight by Tommy Myers in 1971).
Syracuse surpassed the school record for total points already — 468 in 1998 — and now has 489 on the year. That average is just 40.75 per game, however, which is still below the 1998 season average of 42.5 per. If the Orange want to beat that record, they’d need to score over 50 points.
Last year was the new record for total offensive yards at 5,476... until this year, when they hit 5,615 thanks to a very strong effort against Boston College (559). The bowl game will push that record even further upward with a real shot at 6,000. SU was already on the short list of teams with 5,000 total yards this year heading into week 13.
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