It’s been a record-setting season for the Syracuse Orange football program, and the trend can continue come Friday night’s Camping World Bowl matchup with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
We already know of the full season records that have dropped along the way. But which SU postseason records could be up for grabs? A rundown of the most attainable ones:
James Mungro (2001 Insight.com Bowl) and Jim Brown (1957 Cotton Bowl) share this one with three apiece. The most likely Syracuse player to break the mark this year is Eric Dungey, who is the Orange’s top rushing weapon inside the 10 and also has two different games scoring three times on the ground.
Donovan McNabb threw 39 passes in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Dungey’s attempted more than 39 passes just once all year (41 vs. Clemson), but he’s done so 12 other times since Dino Babers took over as coach. Just saying it’s on the table.
Perhaps amazingly, Terrel Hunt owns this record with 19 in the 2013 Texas Bowl. Dungey completed more than 19 passes six different times this year alone. If the Orange get a win, it’s pretty likely he tops that mark.
Another attainable one, as McNabb (1996 Gator Bowl) and Ryan Nassib (2010 Pinstripe Bowl) have both had three in a bowl game. It’s unlikely Dungey would hit this mark AND the rushing mark. He also had “just” three games of three or more passing scores in 2018.
It’s plenty conceivable that Dungey could top the current record of 309 yards shared by Marvin Graves (1992 Hall of Fame Bowl) and McNabb (1996 Gator Bowl). WVU has allowed 255 yards per game through the air, which should help.
Long field goal
John Biskup hit a 46-yarder in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl, but he also wasn’t a consensus All-American like Andre Szmyt. The Lou Groza Award winner has seven field goal makes of 40 or more yards this year, including a long of 54. Win or lose, he’ll have a chance or two to break this mark.
For as much fun as it is that our bowl game points mark (41 in the 1996 Gator Bowl) was set against Clemson, I think we’re all fine with West Virginia taking over that distinction.
This one is more likely to fall in a run-centric win. Syracuse’s record mark is 28 against Maryland (1985 Cherry Bowl) and WVU (2012 Pinstripe Bowl). The Orange have topped that total just twice this year, though that number includes the season finale against BC.
West Virginia already owns this one, as SU ran 89 plays against the Mountaineers back in 2012. The Orange averaged 82.33 plays per game this year, so it’s within reach though far from assured.
Again, current record was picked up against WVU in 2012 at 507 — and that was in a snow storm. The Orange had six different games where they picked up over 507 yards in 2018.
Pass attempts, yards
See individual section.
Obviously there are other records that could fall in this one, but those seem like the most likely ones. Any others you think should be on this list? Tell us how Moe Neal’s going to run for 300 yards or Jamal Custis catches 15 passes below.