Syracuse hosts Clemson on Friday night in the Loud House.
Here’s five things to know about the matchup:
1. Honoring Floyd
Syracuse will honor the life and legacy of hall of fame player and person Floyd Little on Friday night. Little, who passed away on January 1, 2021, will be celebrated with a halftime ceremony. Fans are encouraged to remain in their seats for this special event.
Little proudly wore number 44 like Ernie Davis and his predecessor, Jim Brown, making him part of this historic Syracuse trio of backs. Floyd is the only three-time All-American running back to have played for the Orange. Floyd graduated from Syracuse University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Religion. He was drafted as a first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos, where he played all nine seasons of his football career. Floyd earned the nickname “The Franchise” because his success kept the Broncos organization from relocating. While playing for the Broncos, he attended the University of Denver part time and graduated from the university’s law school with a master’s degree in legal administration. In 1975 Floyd retired as the NFL’s 7th all-time leading rusher with 6,323 yards rushing and 54 touchdowns. Floyd was the 257th player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2010.
2. Close Shaves
Syracuse’s last three games have been decided with 0:00 on the clock. The Orange defeated Liberty with a walk-off field goal, before having the same done to them a week later at Florida State. The Wake Forest game was decided in OT.
The last time Syracuse had three-straight games decided with no time left was in 2011. Syracuse defeated Toledo in OT, lost to Rutgers in 2OT and beat Tulane with a 21-yard field goal as time expired.
3. Orange Out
Friday’s game against the Tigers is an Orange Out. Fans are encouraged to wear their Orange in support of ‘Cuse as they fill the Loud House.
Shop.Cuse.com has plenty of options for fans in need of some new last-minute gear.
4. Friday Night Lights
Syracuse is playing in its 10th Friday game under head coach Dino Babers. ‘Cuse is currently 7-3 in those contests, including two of the more memorable recent wins – the 2017 upset of No. 2 Clemson and the 2018 Camping World Bowl victory over West Virginia.
Since beating Kansas State in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, the Orange are 16-6 (.727) in weekday games.
5. Shrader Shreds the Defense
Garrett Shrader posted the second-highest rushing total by an Orange quarterback in program history last time out. His 178 yards on the ground were the most against a conference opponent, and second to just Eric Dungey’s 200 against Western Michigan in 2018.
He has now rushed for back-to-back 100+ yard games. He is just the third QB to do so in program history. He now has eight rushing TDs this season, which ranks 11th in the nation and fifth among quarterbacks.
Visit cuse.com/tickets or call 888-DOME-TIX to purchase your 2021 ‘Cuse football tickets. Click here for Syracuse’s current public health guidelines and expectations for attendees.
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