Syracuse Football Notebook: Ishmael breaks receiving record

Ishmael set a new record held by a Syracuse legend on Saturday
Ishmael set a new record held by a Syracuse legend on Saturday

Senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael broke Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Orange receiver Marvin Harrison’s record for the most receiving yards in school history.

Ishmael also set a standard for season catches, breaking the standard owned by Amba Etta-Tawo.

Ishmael caught a 37-yard touchdown with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter to give him 2,744 career receiving yards. Ishmael’s 95th catch came on the first play from scrimmage, a 3-yard gain from Culpepper.

His season totals were 105 catches for 1,347 yards and seven touchdowns. Ishmael completed his career with 217 catches, 2,870 yards and 18 scores.

His 105 season catches rank second in ACC history behind only Jamison Crowder (Duke) who had 108 in 2013.

Harrison finished his SU career with 2,728 yards.

Ishmael concluded his SU career on Saturday with 11 catches for a career-high 187 yards.

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Orange Are 0-2

SU’s record against former Orange head coaches Scott Shafer and Paul Pasqualoni at the Carrier Dome this season is 0-2.

Shafer who was fired from SU following the 2015 campaign, is the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders defeated the Orange 30-23 on Sept. 9. Shafer’s defense held the Orange to 308 total yards, the lowest output of the season.

Pasqualoni is the defensive line coach at Boston College. Pasqualoni was let go after the 2004 season. The Eagles held the Orange to 417 total yards, the third lowest output of the season (Syracuse gained 343 yards vs. Florida State on Nov. 4).

Both Middle Tennessee (6-6) and Boston College (7-5) are heading to bowl games.

Welcome Back

Besides Pasqualoni returning to his old stomping grounds, it was a Homecoming for a few other Boston College coaches, including head coach Steve Addazio, and assistants Jim Reid and Brian White. Reggie Terry, BC’s Assistant Athletics Director For Football Operations, played for the Orange from 1989-93 and was the Director of Football Operations and Player Development and Director of Athletics for Football Operations from 2000-06. Terry’s son, Reggie Jr., is a freshman linebacker.

Other players on the BC roster returning to the ‘Cuse were former Christian Brothers Academy All-State selections, starting sophomore offensive lineman John Phillips and freshman wide receiver Noah Jordan-Williams.

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