1:30 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Kenan Stadium, CHAPEL HILL, NC
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||3-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-1|
|FG||9:40||DAN ORNER 46 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yards.
|TD||2:39||JOHN DUNN 10 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||0:16||JOHNNIE MORANT 36 YD PASS FROM R.J. ANDERSON (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||10:18||MIKE MASON 44 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||7:06||WALTER REYES 1 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:53||BRANDON RUSSELL 24 YD PASS FROM RONNIE MCGILL (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 76 yards.
|FG||0:21||DAN ORNER 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yards.
|FG||8:18||COLLIN BARBER 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yards.
|TD||4:58||JARWARSKI POLLOCK 15 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||4:38||JOHNNIE MORANT 48 YD PASS FROM R.J. ANDERSON (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||7:42||DAMIEN RHODES 31 YD PASS FROM R.J. ANDERSON (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 39 yards.
|FG||0:27||COLLIN BARBER 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||0:00||DARIAN DURANT 4 YD RUN|
Drive info: 8 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||0:00||DERRELE MITCHELL 10 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT|
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||0:00||WALTER REYES 5 YD RUN|
Drive info: 4 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||0:00||WALTER REYES 25 YD RUN|
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||0:00||DAN ORNER 0 YD KICK||46||47|
|TD||0:00||COLLIN BARBER 0 YD KICK||47||47|
|TD||0:00||FAILED 0 YD 2PT PASS||47||47|
|TD||0:00||WALTER REYES 0 YD 2PT RUSH||49||47|