1:30 PM ET, November 8, 2003
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
The victory gave Syracuse (5-3, 2-2 Big East) a measure of redemption for a 17-16 loss last year to the Owls (1-8, 0-4). It was the 100th win in his 13 years at Syracuse for coach Paul Pasqualoni, and it left Temple's Bobby Wallace one victory shy of the century mark. Wallace has 99 victories in 17 years as a head coach.
Syracuse scored the first 24 points and was never threatened as it avenged last year's stunning loss. Anderson, who led Syracuse to within a point of the Owls in the final minute a year ago and then watched Collin Barber's extra-point attempt hit the left upright, never gave the Owls a chance this time.
Anderson, who was 16-for-20 for 221 yards, scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter and hit tight end Joe Kowalewski on a 33-yard scoring pass late in the second for a 24-0 Syracuse lead. It was just the second reception of the season for the sophomore tight end, who caught the ball all alone at the Temple 15 and scored untouched along the left side.
Reyes scored on a 3-yard run midway through the second and a 4-yard run late in the third and now has 32 rushing touchdowns, three behind Floyd Little's school record. Reyes, who caught five passes for 55 yards, finished with 93 yards rushing on 25 carries to move into 10th place on Syracuse's career list with 2,240 yards
The Owls broke through in the final minute of the first half as Walter Washington finally began clicking in his first complete game at quarterback.
Washington, who finished 19-for-34 for 183 yards, completed six passes for 82 yards on the drive. Phil Goodman had receptions of 10 and 29 yards to key the surge, and Makonnen Fenton finished it with a 6-yard TD catch with 51 seconds remaining.
Washington, who gained 60 yards rushing but was intercepted twice, was playing in place of last year's hero, Mike McGann, who missed the game with strained ligaments in his throwing arm.
Jamil Porter scored on a 1-yard run and Jared Davis had a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Owls.
Barber kicked field goals of 35 and 26 yards and Tim Washington completed the scoring for Syracuse with a 1-yard TD run with 1:25 left in the game.