Obviously we expected a different sort of Syracuse Orange football season this fall — from the W-L record, to the level of stress and frustration and to an extent, the statistical accomplishments.
This season hasn’t really yielded a ton of record book-shattering achievements, but there are some notable things that could occur on Saturday. We run down what those might be, whether you care or not.
While numerous Syracuse fans crusaded against the redshirt sophomore quarterback this season, he was busy putting up some pretty solid numbers compared to previous Orange passers. His 19 passing touchdowns are already tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history (with Donovan McNabb in 1996 and Ryan Nassib in 2010). Two more scores puts him in sole possession of fifth place, while three ties him for second with Don McPherson (1987), McNabb (1998) and Nassib (2011).
Yardage-wise, he’s at 2,333 on the season — good for the 10th-highest single-season total in school history. He’s just one yard from tying Nassib (2010) for ninth, and eight yards from McPherson (1987) for eighth. A 215-yard game gets him into fifth place.
DeVito’s 23 passing TDs already tie him for eighth on the career list, with Dave Sarette (1959-61) and two more scores through the air ties him with Perry Patterson (2003-06) for seventh. He’s 10th in career passing yards right now with 2,858, but he’ll stay in that spot barring throwing for over 500 yards vs. Wake.
Neal’s career-high performance vs. Louisville actually lifted him into 10th on the all-time yardage list with 2,462 (surpassing Damien Rhodes by a single yard). Another 90 yards moves him past Bill Hurley (2,551) for ninth.
No, the passing game hasn’t been consistent this year, but Jackson’s managed to quietly put up some impressive numbers through 11 games. His 56 receptions are tied for 10th on the single season list (with Shelby Hill and Marvin Harrison), and five more will jump him up to eighth.
Jackson’s 10 receiving touchdowns this season are already tied for the fourth-best single-season total at SU (with Mike Williams’s 2007 total), and just one more gets him to third. Though it’s very unlikely, a three-TD performance against Wake ties him for 10th on the career list (with 14 total).
Also, Jackson’s 912 yards receiving are already a top-10 single-season total for SU. If he can get 88 more, he’ll be the sixth pass-catcher in school history to top 1,000 yards.
In just two years (and 19 games), Cisco’s already lifted himself into a tie for ninth on the career interceptions list, hauling in 11 picks. Another one on Saturday will tie him for fifth in Syracuse with some familiar names: Donovan Darius, Avatus Stone, Cliff Ensley and Ron Hobby. If he can pick Jamie Newman off twice, he’s tied with Walt Slovenski (1946-48) for fourth.
Other defensive stats
Lakiem Williams is one tackle away from hitting 100 for the season. If he does it (seems likely), it’ll be the fourth straight year an Orange player tops 100.
Alton Robinson (18.5 career sacks) is just 1.5 sacks away from 20 for his career — which would make him the seventh Orange player to ever collect that many.
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