CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Coming of its worst
season in 20 years, Syracuse kicked off its 2003 campaign in
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
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
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
The Orangemen went just 4-8 last season, their worst record
since going 2-9 in 1982.