SU's Paulus, Williams get national recognition

Greg Paulus

In Syracuse's 37-34 victory against Northwestern on Saturday night quarterback Greg Paulus had a career-best day, completing 24-of-35 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for another score and wide receiver Mike Williams caught 11 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The pair earned a 'Helmet Sticker' from ESPN College Gameday host Rece Davis for their performance. Williams is also one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for his career-best performance. Fan voting determines the winner each week. Fans can text message** VOTE to 345345 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote.Williams' 11 receptions is tied with Shelby Hill (vs. Cincinnati, 1993) and Kevin Johnson (at West Virginia, 1998) for second on SU TMs single-game receptions record list, while his 209 yards is fourth on the school TMs single-game record list. In his career, Williams is fourth on SU TMs receptions record list (107) and he is sixth on the school TMs all-time receiving yards record list (1,665 yards). He is the eighth Orange receiver to catch 100 passes in his career. Williams TM 200-yard performance is the first for an SU player since Nov. 9, 2002 when David Tyree recorded 229 yards against Virginia Tech. Williams also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 23, which is the fourth-longest streak In school history. His two touchdown catches increase his career total to 17, which is tied for third on the SU record list.Paulus scored his first rushing touchdown at the 9:33 mark of the first quarter on career-long 10-yard rush to give the Orange a 10-0 lead. It was the first rushing touchdown by a Syracuse quarterback since October 14, 2006 (Perry Patterson at No. 5 West Virginia). It was the first 300-yard passing day for an Orange quarterback since Andrew Robinson threw for 419 yards against Cincinnati on Nov. 24, 2007.Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome to host Maine on Saturday, September 26 (7:00 p.m., Orange All Access and Time Warner Cable Sports). Tickets are available online and at the Carrier Dome Box Office (888-DOME-TIX). Courtesy: SU Athletics