Syracuse 49

(1-0, 0-0 ACC)

North Carolina 47

(0-2, 0-1 ACC)

1:30 PM ET, September 6, 2003

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 3OT T
SYR 7 7 10 10 1549
UNC 10 17 7 0 1347


CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Coming of its worst season in 20 years, Syracuse kicked off its 2003 campaign in dramatic fashion.

Walter Reyes rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, including a 25-yard TD run on the first play of the second overtime, as the Orangemen rallied from a 17-point deficit to post a 49-47 victory over North Carolina.

After Reyes' conversion run made it 49-41, The Tar Heels answered on Darian Durant's 10-yard TD pass to Derrele Mitchell, but kicker Dan Orner's conversion pass failed, giving Syracuse the win.

North Carolina grabbed a 34-17 lead on Durant's 15-yard TD pass to Jarwarski with 4:58 left in the third quarter, but the Orangemen scored 17 straight points to force overtime.

R.J. Anderson began the comeback just 20 seconds later with a 48-yard TD pass to to Jonhnie Morant, then connected with Damien Rhodes for 31 yards with 7:42 left in the fourth to make it 34-31.

Anderson completed 20-of-33 passes for 288 yards. Durant was 31-of-44 for 316 yards and a touchdown.

Syracuse forced overtime on Collin Barber's 27-yard field goal with 27 seconds left.

Syracuse got the ball first in overtime and scored on Reyes' five-yard TD run. North Carolina tied it on Durant's four-yard TD scamper.

The Orangemen went just 4-8 last season, their worst record since going 2-9 in 1982.