The Syracuse football team caps the 2012 regular season with a post-Thanksgiving showdown against Temple Friday, Nov. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The contest is the Orange's final BIG EAST Conference game as it prepares to transition to the ACC in July 2013. Syracuse (6-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) has won four of its last five games, including a 31-27 come-from-behind win at Missouri last week to become bowl eligible. The Owls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 63-32 triumph at Army.
Syracuse vs. Temple
Syracuse holds the advantage in the all-time series against Temple, 25-10-1, including a 17-2 record in Syracus and an 8-8-1 mark in Philadelphia. The Orange is 12-2 in BIG EAST games against the Owls. The two teams last met in 2004 where Temple defeated SU, 34-24.
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Orange is Going Bowling
Following last week's win at Missouri, SU became bowl eligible for the second time under head coach Doug Marrone. The team's last bowl game was 36-34 triumph versus Kansas State in the 2-12 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse is 13-9-1 in 23 bowl appearances. The BIG EAST has ties with six games - the Russell Athletic Bowl, Belk Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Liberty Bowl and the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
Orange Concludes Big East Tenure
Syracuse was one of the charter members of the BIG EAST football league when it began in 1991. Friday's game marks the team's last BIG EAST game as Syracuse will join the ACC, effective July, 1, 2013. SU is 75-75 (.500) in 150 BIG EAST games with four conference championships (1996-98, 2004).
Breaking Down the Numbers : Offense Analysis
? 862: The number of plays the SU offense has run so far this season
? 421: The number of pass plays
? 441: The number of running plays
? 1,802: The number of yards generated by the run game, which includes 16 touchdowns
? 4.1: The average number of yards per carry
? 3,404: The number of yards the aerial attack has totaled, which includes 23 touchdowns
? 12.7: The average number of yards per completion
? 5,206: The total yards of offense (473.3 yards per game) the Syracuse offense has generated in its 11 games, which is also a school record.
? Syracuse's 309.5 passing yards per game exceeds the school record by more than 68 yards per game. The SU single-season record was 241.3 set in 1989.
Rewriting the Record Book
Syracuse's 2012 offense is having a record-setting season. So far this season, the Orange broke the SU total offense yards record (5,206), total plays (862), passing yards (3,404), completions (267), pass attempts (421) and first downs (276). Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib holds every major career and single-season passing record in SU history, including most attempts (1,261), completions (764), yards (8,845) and touchdowns (66). He also has 3,518 yards of total offense in 2012, another Orange season record.
Lighting Up the BIG EAST
The Orange leads the BIG EAST in passing offense (309.5 ypg), first downs (25.1 per game) and total offense (473.3 ypg). Nationally, Syracuse is 15th in the NCAA in passing, 16th in first downs, and 24th in total offense.
More Lemon Juice
Against Connecticut and USF in 2011, Alec Lemon became the first SU player to record back-to-back 150-yard receiving games. He's achieved the feat again in 2012, catching 176 yards work of passes against Louisville and posting 244 yards at Missouri. Lemon was named the College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week for both performances. Lemon leads the BIG EAST in receptions per game (6.5) and yards per game (98.9).
Behind Enemy Lines
Syracuse is tied for 12th in the NCAA, and leads the BIG EAST, in tackles for loss at 7.4 per game. The Orange has 81.0 tackles for a loss of 307 yards so far in 2012, including 21 sacks. Defensive end Brandon Sharpe leads the BIG EAST, with 13.5 TFLs.
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