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September 14, 2013

Orange Slices

Syracuse plays their home opener today against Wagner. Here are a few items about the game that you may want to take note of.

GAME INFO

SYRACUSE ORANGE

Record: 0-2, 0-0 ACC
Ranking: NR (AP)
NR (USA Today)
Head Coach: Scott Shafer
Alma Mater: Baldwin-Wallace '90
Overall Record: 0-2 (.000)
Record at SU: Same
vs. Wagner: 0-0 (.000)

WAGNER SEAHAWKS

Record: 1-1, 0-0 NEC
Ranking: NR (Sports Network)
RV (Coaches) - as of 9/2
Head Coach: Walt Hameline
Alma Mater: SUNY Brockport '75
Overall Record: 214-128-2 (.625)
Record at Wagner: Same
vs. Syracuse: 0-0 (.000)

GAME DETAILS

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Stadium: Carrier Dome (49,262)
Kickoff : 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Series: First meeting
Tickets: SUAthle􀆟 cs.com
Video: ESPN3
Shawn Kenney, play-by-play
John Bunting, analyst
Cat Whitehill, sidelines
Christian Ackerknecht, producer
Radio: Syracuse IMG Sports Network
Matt Park, play-by-play
Chris Gedney, analyst
Brian Higgins, sidelines
Student Radio: WAER 88.3 FM (Syracuse)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195
Live Audio: SUAthletics.com (Orange All Access)
Live Stats: SUAthletics.com
Twitter: @Cuse, @CuseFootball
Facebook: facebook.com/SyracuseOrange

GAME OVERVIEW

• Syracuse will host FCS opponent Wagner (4:00 p.m./ESPN3) in its home opener Sept. 14 at the Carrier Dome after two straight games away from home.
• Live video of Saturday's game is available on ESPN3. Shawn Kenney (pxp), John Bunting (analyst) and Cat Whitehill (sidelines) have the call. Christian Ackerknecht is the producer.
• The Orange is still searching for its first win of 2013 after consecutive losses to Big Ten opponents Penn State and Northwestern to open the year.
• Wagner carries a record of 1-1 into the contest. The Seahawks started the year with a 28-21 home win against Georgetown then lost a 42-41 shootout to Merrimack on Sept. 6 in the first night game ever at Hameline Field.

STAT COMPARISON

Category ............................................SU ...........Wagner
Record .................................................0-2 .................. 1-1
Conference ..........................................0-0 .................. 0-0
First Downs ...........................................40 ....................43
First Downs Rushing .............................13 ....................26
First Downs Passing ..............................25 ....................15
Rushing ............................................102.0 ...............219.5
Passing .............................................245.0 ...............140.0
Total Offense ...................................347.0 ...............359.5
Scoring Offense .................................22.0 .................34.5
Rushing Defense ..............................131.5 ...............101.5
Pass Defense ....................................335.5 ...............256.5
Total Defense ...................................467.0 ...............358.0
Scoring Defense .................................35.5 .................31.5
Net Punting .......................................36.8 .................38.4
Kickoff Return Avg. ............................18.2 .................18.2
Punt Return Avg...................................4.5 ...................7.2
Time of Possession ..........................28:11 ...............31:45
3rd Down Conversions ................... 12/33 .............. 16/35
Opp. 3rd Down Conversions ........... 11/34 .............. 16/36
Turnover Margin .................................-1.5 ................. -1.0
Fumbles Recovered ................................2 ......................1
Passes Intercepted..................................2 ......................1
Turnovers Gained ...................................4 ......................2
Fumbles Lost ..........................................1 ......................2
Passing Efficiency .............................94.46 .............112.59
Pass Efficency Defense ..................181.40 .............126.73
Sacks .......................................................6 ......................4
Tackles for Loss ..................................15.0 .................11.0
Sacks Allowed .........................................3 ......................3
Penalties ...............................................15 ....................12
Yards Penalized ...................................122 ....................82
Opp. Penalties ......................................10 ....................13
Opp. Yards Penalized ............................75 ....................83
Red Zone Offense ............................... 7/7 .................. 8/8
Red Zone Defense ............................... 8/8 .................. 7/7

WAGNER AT A GLANCE

2013 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Aug. 31 Georgetown W, 28-21
Sept. 6 Merrimack L, 41-42
Sept. 14 at Syracuse 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Delaware 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 Bryant 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Sacred Heart 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Duquesne 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 Robert Morris 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 2 Central Connecticut 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 9 Monmouth 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 16 at St. Francis (Pa.) 12:00 p.m.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Rushing No. Yds. Avg. Lg TD

Dominique Williams 57 272 4.8 26 3

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yds. TD

Matt Misley 28-49-2 57.1 280 3

Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Lg TD

Tyree Watkins 10 135 13.5 26 1

Anthony Carrington 7 62 8.9 23 0

Defense U-A Total Sacks TFL

Jarrett Dieudonne 6-6 12 0.0 0.0

Trevor Loveland 7-4 11 0.0 0.0

Deangelo James 7-4 11 0.0 0.0

RECORD: 1-1, 0-0 NEC

Home: 1-1; Away: 0-0

Neutral: 0-0

• Saturday's game is the first road game of 2013 for Wagner.

• Legendary Wagner coach Walt Hameline is in his 33rd season with the Seahawks. He owns a 214-128-2 overall record and was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Seahawks to their first NEC last
season.

• Wagner leading rusher Dominique Williams topped 100 yards for the 22nd time in his career with 110 yards on 25 carries against Merrimack.

• Forty-nine of Wagner's 69 points in its first two games have come in the second half. Opponents are outscoring the Seahawks in the second quarter, 28-6.

• QB Matt Misley is also the team's punter. He's averaging 140.0 yards per game passing and 38.0 yards per punt.

• Misley accounted for three TDs in the Merrimack game, rushing for two and throwing another.

• In two games, Wagner has 14 pass breakups. Five different players have two breakups each, including leading tackler Jarrett Dieudonne.
• In its last game against an FBS foe, Wagner lost at Florida Atlanti c, 7-3, on Aug. 31, 2012.

SUCCESS AGAINST THE FCS

• The Orange is 11-0 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents, formerly Division I-AA, since the NCAA's 1978 separation of major
college football programs into two divisions.

• The streak includes a perfect 10-0 mark against FCS opponents in the Carrier
Dome.

• The Orange has won its last 29 games against current FCS members (streak
pre-dates the 1978 separation into two divisions).

• The team's last loss to a current FCS school at any point in its history occurred on Oct. 4, 1958 at Holy Cross, 14-13.

• Colgate has been the most frequent FCS visitor to the Dome, making four trips there since 1981.

DOME RESULTS VS. FCS OPPONENTS

Year Opp. Result Score

1981 Colgate W 47-24
1982 Colgate W 49-15
1987 Colgate W 52-6
2002 Rhode Island W 63-17
2008 Northeastern W 30-21
2009 Maine W 41-24
2010 Maine W 38-14
2010 Colgate W 42-7
2011 Rhode Island W 21-14
2012 Stony Brook W 28-17

Numbers To Know

174 Increase in Syracuse's total yards from Week 1 vs. Penn State (260) to Week 2 vs. Northwestern (434).

3 Number of Orange backs to score a rushing touchdown vs. Northwestern (Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley, Terrel Hunt).

ORANGE IN HOME OPENERS

• Syracuse is 85-32-4 * all-time in home openers, and 16-17 in home openers since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980.

• The program's longest unbeaten streak in home openers was 49 games from 1894-1942 (47-0-2).

• The Orange has won two of its last three home openers, defeating Maine in 2010 and Wake Forest in 2011. Northwestern beat the Orange in last
year's Dome starter, 42-41.

* Doesn't include 1889 when the season consisted of one
away game or 1979 when Syracuse played all its games on
the road due to the constructi on of the Carrier Dome.

A WIN AGAINST WAGNER WILL …

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

• Be Scott Shafer's first career win as head coach.

• Extend SU's winning streak against FCS opponents to 30 games (streak pre-dates 1978 NCAA separation into two divisions).

• Increase the team's overall Carrier Dome record to 125-74-2.

• Improve the Orange's record to 11-0 all-time against FCS opponents in the Dome.

VERSUS THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

• Saturday's game will be Syracuse first against a member of the Northeast Conference. The league consists of seven teams (Bryant, Central
Connecticut, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (Pa.) and Wagner).

698 AND COUNTING

• Syracuse needs two more wins to become the 15th FBS program to reach 700 victories. SU's all-time record is 698-500-49.

• The Orange and Virginia Tech are tied for the most wins by an ACC team with Georgia Tech (695) nipping at both their heels.

• Since its first year of football in 1889, Syracuse has
produced 81 winning seasons.

• SU's first victory was a 14-0 triumph against the Syracuse Athletic Association on Sept. 26, 1890.

A WINNING TRADITION AT THE DOME

• Overall Carrier Dome football record: 124-74-2.

• The Orange has posted three undefeated seasons at the Dome (1987, 1988, 2001). SU went 6-0 at the Loud House in each of those years.

• SU won a record 16 straight Dome games from Oct. 4, 1986 when it beat Missouri (41-9) to Oct. 7, 1989 when it lost to Florida St. (41-10).

• The Orange has posted a winning home record in 28 of the building's 33 seasons, including 2012. Syracuse was 4-1 in the Dome last season.

CLOSE SHAVES

• Since 2009, Syracuse is 12-7 (.632) in games decided by seven points or less.

• The Orange is 0-1 in that scenario this season, losing the opener to Penn State by six, 23-17.

• The Orange was 3-2 in games decided by seven points or less last season in 2012 and won three in a row down the stretch. (Pittsburgh 14-13, USF 37-36 and Missouri 31-27).

• Syracuse has a 7-6 (.538) record in overtime since the NCAA instituted the rule in 1996.

TWEETABLE

• .@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 ranks 5th among active FBS kickers in career made field goals (49). 92/140

• .@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

• .@CuseFootball is averaging 41.1 ppg vs. FCS opponents in the Dome. 67/140

• With 10 tackles at Northwestern, SS Durell Eskridge eclipsed his career high of 9, which came in 2012 also vs. Northwestern. 124/140

TRUE FRESHMAN SEEING TIME

• Six true freshmen have the seen the fi eld so far in 2013. They are: H-back Brisly Es􀆟 me, LB Marqez Hodge, TE Kendall Moore and DE Isaiah Johnson.

• Es􀆟 me has caught four passes for 50 yards.

• Hodge made a tackle versus Penn State.

• Moore had three receptions for 37 yards, including his first career touchdown, against Northwestern.

• Johnson had one tackle at Northwestern.

Longest Plays of the Year

Rushing

22 J. Smith vs. Penn State

Rushing Touchdown

15 T. Hunt at Northwestern
Passing

55 D. Allen to J. Kobena vs. Penn State

Passing Touchdown

16 D. Allen to K. Moore at Northwestern

Punt Return

10 R. Desir vs. Penn State

Kick Return

35 G. Morris vs. Penn State

Interception Return

31 R. Welsh vs. Penn State

Fumble Return

46 B. Reddish vs. Penn State

Punt

56 R. Dixon vs. Northwestern

Field Goal

32 R. Krautman vs. Penn State
ON THIS DATE: SEPTEMBER 14
FBS TEAMS
Syracuse is 2-2 all-time when playing on Sept. 14 …The Orange has won its last two games on this date, beating Maryland on the road, 31-17, and Rhode Island
at home, 63-17 … Against Rhode Island, R.J. Anderson passed for 306 yards on 18 attempts with 2 TDs and Walter Reyes rushed for 128 yards and three scores.

Year Opponent Result
1974 Kent State L, 14-20
1985 at Mississippi L, 3-30
1991 at Maryland W, 31-17
2002 Rhode Island W, 63-17

ORANGE SHOWS IMPROVEMENT IN WEEK 2

• After starting slowly against Penn State in the season opener on Aug. 30, the Orange improved in several statistical categories in Week 2 at Northwestern.

Week 1 Week 2

Penn St. N'western +/-
Points 17 27 +10.0

First Downs 11 29 +18

Rushing Yards 71 133 +62

Passing Yards 189 301 +112

Total Yards 260 434 +174

Winningest FBS Teams

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

Rk. Team Wins Next Game

1. Michigan 905 Sept. 14
2. Texas 868 Sept. 14
3. Notre Dame 866 Sept. 14
4. Nebraska 858 Sept. 14
5. Ohio State 839 Sept. 14
6. Oklahoma 833 Sept. 14
7. Alabama 828 Sept. 14
8. Tennessee 801 Sept. 14
9. Southern Cal 787 Sept. 14
10. Georgia 760 Sept. 21
11. LSU 745 Sept. 14
12. Penn State 725 Sept. 14
13. Auburn 716 Sept. 14
14. West Virginia 709 Sept. 14
15. SYRACUSE 698 Sept. 14
Virginia Tech 698 Sept. 14
17. Georgia Tech 695 Sept. 14
18. Texas A&M 694 Sept. 14
19. Arkansas 686 Sept. 14
20. Pittsburgh 683 Sept. 14

BLOWING UP THE BACKFIELD

• LBs Marquis Spruill and Dyshawn Davis have combined for 54 tackles for loss in their careers.

• Spruill is the Orange's active leader with 188 tackles, including 28.5 for a loss of yards, which is ninth on SU's career list.

• Spruill's has had at least 8.0 tackles for loss in each of his first three seasons, including 9.0 in 2012.

• Davis is 12th all-time at SU with 25.5 TFLs.

• Davis ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in TFLs in 2012 (1.08 per game) and was second on the team with 14.0.

SU Career Tackles for Loss

1. 50.5-297 Dwight Freeney 1998-01
2. 40.0-213 Duke Pettijohn 1997-00
3. 38.5-136 Arthur Jones 2006-09
4. 38.0-145 Louis Gachelin 2000-03
5. 34.5-87 Clifton Smith 1999-02
6. 33.0-107 Antwuane Ponds 1994-97
7. 30.0-90 Christian Ferrara 2000-03
30.0-119 James Wyche 2002-05
9. 28.5-103 Marquis Spruill 2010-pres.
10. 27.0-99 Chandler Jones 2008-11
11. 26.5-133 Doug Hogue 2007-10
12. 25.5-93 Dyshawn Davis 2011-pres.
13. 24.5-138 Brandon Sharpe 2009-12
24.5-104 Derrell Smith 2006-10


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