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SU to host Pittsburgh in Big East Season Opener on Friday night

The Syracuse football team (1-3) kicks off BIG EAST play on Friday, Oct. 5th, when it welcomes Pittsburgh (2-2) at 7 p.m. to the Carrier Dome (ESPN).
(SU ATHLETICS) - The Syracuse football team (1-3) kicks off BIG EAST play on Friday, Oct. 5th, when it welcomes Pittsburgh (2-2) at 7 p.m. to the Carrier Dome (ESPN). The game marks the beginning of SU's family weekend and the first 10,000 fans to arrive at the Carrier Dome will receive a free Dome poster. At halftime, SU and the National Football Foundation will recognize Art Monk with an on-campus salute. Monk will enter the organization's College Football Hall of Fame in December.
In support of Coach to Cure MD, the Orange coaching staff will wear patches on their sleeves during the game. The program unifies college football coaches across the country in an effort to raise awareness and donations to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Visit CoachtoCureMD.org for more information.  
Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh
Syracuse and Pittsburgh has faced each other 67 times, with the Panthers holding a 34-30-3 advantage. SU has only faced Penn State more than the Panthers.  Pittsburgh is riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Virginia Tech (35-17) and Gardner-Webb, 55-10. Both teams are coming off open weeks. The Panthers are currently 0-1 in the BIG EAST after a 34-10 loss at Cincinnati.
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Orange in BIG EAST Openers
Syracuse owns a 12-9 record in BIG EAST Conference openers, including a 7-7 mark when beginning conference play in the Carrier Dome. The Orange has opened its league schedule five previous times against the Panthers. SU is 2-3 in those contests.
Bye Weeks Have Been Good
Syracuse is 3-1 in games after an open week under head coach Doug Marrone. In addition, the Orange defeated Kansas State (36-34) in the 2010 New-Era Pinstripe Bowl after time off. In 2011, the Orange was 1-1 after bye weeks, throttling West Virginia (49-23) and losing to Cincinnati (30-13).
Breaking Down the Numbers : Offense Analysis
326: The number of plays the SU offense has run so far this season
    • 178: The number of pass plays
    • 148: The number of running plays
583: The number of yards generated by the run game, which includes four touchdowns
3.9: The average number of yards per carry
1,367: The number of yards the aerial attack has totaled, which includes 10 touchdowns
11.6: The average number of yards per completion
1,950: The total yards of offense (487.5 yards per game) the Syracuse offense has generated in its first four games
Lemon Sets Career Catch Record
Senior wide receiver Alec Lemon caught nine passes for 106 yards at Minnesota to become the SU all-time leader in receptions (145). He eclipsed the previous record of 139 held by Scott Schwedes and Shelby Hill. Lemon has an active streak of 19 consecutive games with a catch. For his career, Lemon has 145 catches for 1,696 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the active BIG EAST leader in both receptions and yards. He also set the Orange season record for the most receptions (68) in 2011.
Depth on Defense
The Orange defense boasts 14 players with at least 10 tackles so far this season. Linebacker Dyshawn Davis (26 tackles) leads the way. He is also the team leader in tackles for a loss of yards (4.5).
Looking Ahead
The Orange travels to Rutgers on Saturday, Oct.13th for a noon game at High Point Solutions Stadium.

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