12:00 PM ET, September 20, 2003
Carrier Dome, SYRACUSE, NY
SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Walter Reyes did something Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka couldn't, surpassing 240 yards in rushing to lead Syracuse to a 38-14 victory over Central Florida.
Reyes finished with the second-best single-game rushing total in school history, carrying 31 times for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Only three Orangemen had ever scored as many as four TDs in a game.
Brown, arguably the best running back in history, never reached 200 yards in a game for Syracuse. Little ran for a career-high 216 against Tennessee in 1966, matching Csonka's personal-best total set a year earlier.
Reyes fell 11 yards off Joe Morris' school mark, thanks to a late 58-yard touchdown that capped the scoring. He began the day 10th in the nation in rushing, averaging 139 yards per game.
Syracuse (2-1) showed off one of the best offenses in the country, amassing 451 yards while committing no turnovers and holding the ball for more than 33 minutes. The Orangemen entered the week 12th nationally in total offense.
Central Florida (1-2) was 26th, but its defense couldn't contain Reyes, who scored on a 25-yard run just 3:09 into the game and found the end zone from a yard out later in the quarter to make it 14-0.
The Golden Knights scored a TD in the final seconds of the first half and another early in the second, but Reyes answered with a three-yard touchdown run, making it 21-14 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.
Reyes' third TD run capped a 94-yard drive. Syracuse, which scored on its first four possessions in the second half, also had touchdown marches of 82 and 78 yards.
After Collin Barber's 26-yard field goal 2 1/2 minutes into the final period, Syracuse turned one of its three interceptions into a two-play, one-yard drive, capped by quarterback R.J. Anderson's plunge that made it 31-14.
Reyes wrapped up a career day with his 58-yard run with 6:01 remaining. He joined Brown (6), Little (5, 4) and David Walker (4) as the only Orangemen to rush for at least four touchdowns in a game.
Anderson completed 13-of-20 passes for 133 yards for the Orangemen, who host Toledo next week. They follow with an open week, then begin their Big East Conference schedule October 11 at Virginia Tech.
Ryan Schneider was 33-of-48 for 284 yards with three interceptions for Central Florida, which opens its Mid-American Conference slate next week at Kent State.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-12||3-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-2|
|TD||11:51||WALTER REYES 25 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||5:54||WALTER REYES 1 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yards.
|TD||0:08||DEE BROWN 1 YD PASS FROM RYAN SCHNEIDER (MATT PRATER KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||11:04||ALEX HAYNES 13 YD RUN (MATT PRATER KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||6:02||WALTER REYES 3 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 94 yards.
|FG||12:30||COLLIN BARBER 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||10:44||R.J. ANDERSON 1 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yards.
|TD||6:01||WALTER REYES 58 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 78 yards.