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August 30, 2013

Orange Slices

With Syracuse's first game tomorrow here are a few notes that you might want to remember at your tailgate party.

SU vs. PSU the numbers game

Overall: PSU leads, 42-23-5 (Streak: PSU, 4)

at Syracuse: PSU leads, 20-11-2 (Streak: PSU, 2)

at Carrier Dome: PSU leads, 4-1 (Streak: PSU, 2)

at Penn State: PSU leads, 21-12-2 (Streak: PSU, 2)

Neutral: PSU leads, 1-0-1 (Streak: PSU, 1)

Last Syracuse Win: 1988 (24-10)

Last Penn State Win: 2009 (28-7)

Largest Margin of Syracuse Victory: 27 (1987)

Largest Margin of Penn State Victory: 42 (2008)

Series Highs

Rushing: SU, Jim Brown 20-155 (11/5/55)

PSU, Curt Warner 25-256 (10/17/81)

Passing: SU, Don McPherson 15-20-336 (10/17/87)

PSU, Chuck Fusina 15-27-293 (10/21/78)

Receiving: SU, Tommy Kane 6-163 (10/17/87)

PSU, Ted Kwalick 3-119 (10/28/67)

Last year's numbers

Category ...................................Syracuse ......Penn State
Record .................................................8-5 .................. 8-4
Conference ..........................................5-2 .................. 6-2
First Downs .........................................328 .................270
First Downs Rushing ...........................133 ....................90
First Downs Passing ............................170 ..................157
Rushing ............................................187.0 ...............144.8
Passing .............................................289.0 ...............273.2
Total Offense ...................................476.0 ...............417.9
Scoring Offense .................................30.0 .................29.1
Rushing Defense ..............................144.7 ...............128.4
Pass Defense ....................................234.2 ...............225.0
Total Defense ...................................378.8 ...............353.4
Scoring Defense .................................24.8 .................19.1
Net Punting .......................................33.2 .................34.5
Kickoff Return Avg. ............................18.8 .................18.1
Punt Return Avg...................................4.1 ...................6.1
Time of Possession ..........................29:26 ...............31:22
3rd Down Conversions ............... 105/213 ............ 84/195
Opp. 3rd Down Conversions ......... 65/176 ............ 71/191
Turnover Margin ...............................-0.15 ...............+0.75
Fumbles Recovered ..............................11 ....................12
Passes Intercepted..................................9 ....................10
Turnovers Gained .................................20 ....................22
Fumbles Lost ........................................12 ......................8
Passing Efficiency .............................143.0 ...............135.2
Pass Efficency Defense ....................142.5 ...............116.3
Sacks .....................................................26 ....................34
Tackles for Loss ....................................7.7 .................5.75
Sacks Allowed .......................................16 ....................21
Penalties .............................................102 ....................63
Yards Penalized ...................................887 ..................589
Opp. Penalties ....................................100 ....................71
Opp. Yards Penalized ..........................869 ..................595
Red Zone Offense ........................... 48/59 .............. 44/56
Red Zone Defense ........................... 32/38 .............. 27/42

THE PENN STATE SERIES

• Penn State is the Orange's most frequent foe. The two teams have played 70 times dating back to the first meeting in 1922.

• The series took a hiatus after the 1990 meeting and resumed in 2008, a game Penn State won, 55-13, in the Carrier Dome.

• PSU leads the all-time me series, 42-23-1, including a 1-0-1 mark in neutral-site games. Both
previous neutral meetings occurred in the New York Metro area. The teams tied 0-0 at the
Polo Grounds in 1922 and SU lost 35-7 at the Meadowlands in 1979.

• In 1987, SU posted its largest margin of victory in the series, beating Penn State 48-21 at the
Carrier Dome on its way to an 11-0-1 season. Current SU receivers coach Rob Moore caught
an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to spark the Orange.

ORANGE IN SEASON OPENERS

• Syracuse is 78-41-4 all-time in season openers.

• This is the fourth time the Orange has started a season with a neutral-site game at the Meadowlands. Syracuse previously appeared in three Kickoff Classics (1990, 1997, 2001) at old
Giants Stadium and posted a record of 1-2 in those games. Syracuse lost to USC in 1990 (34-
16), beat Wisconsin in 1997 (34-0) and lost to Georgia Tech (13-7).

• This year's Penn State tilt marks the 10th time, and the fourth time in the last six years,
Syracuse has started the season against a current member of the Big Ten. The Orange is 1-7-1 all-time me in openers versus Big Ten squads.

• SU's only season-opening win against a Big Ten opponent was the aforementioned drubbing of Wisconsin in the 1997 Kickoff Classic.

• In last year's campaign starter, SU scored 28 unanswered points to go ahead of Northwestern 41-35 before a Wildcats' TD with 44 seconds left clinched a 42-41 win for the visitors. Former SU quarterback Ryan Nassib set SU single-game records for passing yards (482), completions (45), attempts (66) and total offense (512 yards) in the contest.

A WIN AGAINST PENN STATE WOULD …

• Be SU's 699th all-time victory, 15th-most among FBS schools.

• Be Scott Shafer's first career win, making him the 20th SU head coach to win his debut.

• End Penn State's four-game series winning streak and mark SU's fi rst series win since 1988.

• Improve SU's record to 79-42-4 in season opening games.


TWEETABLE

@CuseFootball news & notes in140 characters or less.


• @CuseFootball is one of 7 programs to have at least 17 CFB Hall-of-Famers and 7 Pro Football
Hall-of-Famers. 109/140

• Senior K Ross Krautman is 􀆟 ed w/Arkansas' Zach Hocker for 4th among ac􀆟 ve FBS kickers in
career made fi eld goals (48). 120/140

• @CuseFootball is one of 3 ACC teams to win at least 2 bowl games in the last 3 years. Florida
State and NC State are the others. 129/140

• Jerome Smith (1,171) and Prince-Tyson Gulley (830) are 5th among returning FBS duos with
2,001 combined rushing yards in 2012. 126/140

• @CuseFootball's scoring avg. has gone up 13.6 ppg the last 5 years. From 16.4 ppg in 2007 to
30.0 ppg in 2012. 111/140

WHERE THE COACHES ARE


Sidelines

Scott Shafer
Head Coach

Tim Lester
Quarterbacks

Rob Moore
Wide Receivers

Pat Perles
Off ensive Line

Tim Daoust
Defensive Line

Clark Lea
Linebackers

Fred Reed
Defensive
Backs

Booth

George McDonald
Off ensive
Coordinator

DeAndre Smith
Running Backs

Chuck Bullough
Defensive
Coordinator

On this date

Syracuse is 0-2 all-time when playing on Aug. 31 … In 1990, the Orange faced No. 9 USC in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands … The Trojans won 34-16 behind three TD passes by Todd Marinovich … SU's only TD was a pass from Marvin Graves to David Walker … Orange K John Biskup hit three field goals … In the 2007 season opener, SU hosted Washington in the Carrier Dome … The Huskies rushed for 302 yards on their way to a 42-12 victory … Washington's Louis Rankin (3) and Jake Locker (2) combined for five rushing touchdowns … SU QB Andrew Robinson made his first career start and passed for 199 yards and one TD.

Year Opponent Result

1990 USC L, 16-34
2007 Washington L, 12-42

CHURNING OUT 1,000-YARD RUSHERS

SU has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last five seasons. Cur􀆟 s Brinkley (1,164 yards) started the trend in 2008, followed by Delone Carter in 2009 (1,021 yards) and 2010 (1,233 yards). Antwon Bailey (1,051 yards) reached the mark in 2011 and Jerome Smith (1,171) did it last year.

Winningest FBS teams

In its more than 100 years of varsity football, Syracuse has amassed 698 victories, which is 15th on the NCAA FBS's ledger of winningest programs. SU's win total is the highest for an ACC school and lists third among Eastern schools behind Penn State and West Virginia.

Rk. Team Wins Next Game
1. Michigan 903 Aug. 31
2. Texas 867 Aug. 31
3. Notre Dame 865 Aug. 31
4. Nebraska 856 Aug. 31
5. Ohio State 837 Aug. 31
6. Oklahoma 831 Aug. 31
7. Alabama 827 Aug. 31
8. Tennessee 799 Aug. 31
9. Southern Cal 786 Aug. 29
10. Georgia 759 Aug. 31
11. LSU 743 Aug. 31
12. Penn State 723 Aug. 31
13. Auburn 714 Aug. 31
14. West Virginia 708 Aug. 31
15. SYRACUSE 698 Aug. 31
16. Virginia Tech 697 Aug. 31
17. Georgia Tech 694 Aug. 31
18. Texas A&M 692 Aug. 31
19. Arkansas 684 Aug. 31
20. Pittsburgh 683 Sept. 2

NOTABLE SYRACUSE QB STARTING DEBUTS (SINCE 1982)

Player Date Opponent Result/Score C-A-I Yards TD

Todd Norley Oct. 16, 1982 Penn State L, 7-28 12-30-5 132 1

Don McPherson Oct. 5, 1985 Louisville W, 48-0 7-12-0 152 1*

Todd Philcox Sept. 3, 1988 Temple W, 31-21 14-22-0 189 0

Marvin Graves Aug. 31, 1990 USC L, 16-34 15-30-0 191 1

Donovan McNabb Sept. 2, 1995 North Carolina W, 20-9 10-16-0 120 0

Troy Nunes Sept. 2, 1999 Toledo W, 35-12 9-13-0 118 1

R.J. Anderson Nov. 4, 2000 West Virginia W, 31-27 18-33-1 203 2

Greg Paulus Sept. 5, 2009 Minnesota L, 20-23 (OT) 19-31-1 167 1

Ryan Nassib Sept. 4, 2010 Akron W, 29-3 17-27-1 229 2

Terrel Hunt/Drew Allen Aug. 31, 2013 Penn State ??? ??? ??? ???

* McPherson also had 2 rushing TDs


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