EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Cuse.com) – Behind a strong second-half effort, Notre Dame handed the Syracuse football team a 50-33 defeat on Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. With the loss, Syracuse owns a 2-3 overall record on the 2016 campaign.
Syracuse was within six points at the end of the first half, but was outscored, 17-6, in the final 30 minutes of action en route to its third loss of the year. Notre Dame junior quarterback DeShone Kizer led the way for the Fighting Irish, passing 465 yards and three touchdowns.
For the fifth straight contest, redshirt senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo recorded at least 100 receiving yards, setting a new program record. Etta-Tawo finished with seven receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Eric Dungey matched the Orange record with his third consecutive contest with at least 300 passing yards. Dungey was 27-for-44 passing for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a personal-best three scores on the day, as well.
Senior wide receiver Brisly Estime was explosive in the special teams game, returning three punts for 128 yards. His 128 punt return yards ranks fourth in Syracuse single-game history.
Down 10 points at the end of the first quarter, the Orange twice made it a one-score game in the second frame. Dungey's second rushing score made it a three-point contest with 13:22 remaining in the second quarter. Estime set up Dungey's 14-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Ervin Philips with a 74-yard punt return, which made it a six-point game.
Junior linebacker Zaire Franklin intercepted Kizer with 16 seconds remaining in the half, giving Syracuse the ball on the Notre Dame 34-yard line. The Orange was able to set up a 40-yard field goal attempt for junior kicker Cole Murphy, but his attempted sailed wide left.
Syracuse and Notre Dame lit up the scoreboard early and often. The two teams combined for 36 points in the opening five minutes of the game, with the Fighting Irish emerging with a 23-13 advantage.
Dungey was a part of each of the Orange's first two touchdowns of the contest. The Lake Oswego, Ore. native ran one in for six from three yards out, then hit Etta-Tawo with a 72-yard strike for the team's second score of the day.
On their first play from scrimmage, Kizer tossed a 79-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. The two connected again on the team's second drive for a 67-yard score through the air.