SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- R.J. Anderson threw three touchdown passes
and ran for another score as the Orangemen beat Boston College
39-14 on Saturday.
Syracuse (4-2, 1-1 Big East) won days after Boston College (4-3,
1-2) announced it was leaving the Big East to join the ACC.
While the Syracuse defense held Derrick Knight to 30 yards on 10
carries in the first half, Anderson was 16-for-21 for 172 yards and
all three TD passes before the break.
Anderson finished 20-for-27 for 215 yards as Syracuse remained
the only team in Division I-A that hasn't thrown an interception.
Anderson hit Rashard Williams with a 12-yard scoring pass in the
first quarter and combined with Johnnie Morant on touchdown passes
of 52 and 10 yards in the second to stake the Orangemen to a 19-7
Syracuse took a 32-7 lead with two more touchdowns in the third.
Walter Reyes scored on a 1-yard run with 4:44 left and Anthony
Smith returned a blocked punt 20 yards for another score. That
prompted the near-capacity crowd of 45,313, the largest of the
season, to chant "ACC! ACC! as the Eagles lined up to receive the
It marked the 11th straight game Reyes has scored a touchdown
and broke the school record set in 1964 by Jim Nance. Reyes, who
was averaging 144 yards rushing, finished with only 55 yards 23
Coming off a humiliating 51-7 loss at Virginia Tech in which
they allowed 337 yards rushing, it was an impressive turnaround for
the Orangemen. Knight, who began the day averaging nearly 148 yards
per game, finished with 51 yards on 19 carries and caught five
passes for 61 yards.
Quinton Porter was 20-for-28 for 249 yards and was intercepted
twice, but BC managed only 70 yards rushing on 30 carries.
The last game in what has been a heated rivalry began as
Syracuse safety Diamond Ferri probably dreamed it would.
Ferri, who grew up in Massachusetts and was a standout running
back against Knight in high school, intercepted Porter's second
pass of the game, catching the ball after cornerback Thomas
Whitfield deflected it and returning it 17 yards to the BC 19 to
set up Anderson's scoring pass to Williams.
BC briefly came to life early in the second after substitute
kicker Ricky Krautman missed a 36-yard field goal. Porter gained 19
yards on two straight scrambles and hit Grant Adams for 17 yards
over the middle on a third-and-13 play to near midfield.
After Knight gained 16 yards up the middle, Syracuse was
penalized for pass interference and Porter hit wide-open tight end
David Kashetta with a 21-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of
the end zone for a 7-6 lead.
Anderson put Syracuse back in front for good just over two
minutes later. Facing a third-and-9 from near midfield, he hit
Morant for a 52-yard touchdown pass. Morant made a nice fingertip
catch over his left shoulder near the 10 and coasted in for a 12-7
lead with 9:54 left in the half.
The Eagles appeared to regain some momentum when punter Jeff
Gomulinski sailed a kick out of bounds inside the Syracuse 1. But
the Orangemen punted out of danger and a strong rush the next time
Gomulinski kicked forced him into a 10-yard punt, giving Syracuse
possession near midfield.
Anderson capitalized by hitting Morant on a throwback pass in
the left corner of the end zone with just 9 seconds left after
rolling out to the right.