Scores

Final

Connecticut 30

(5-3, 2-3 American)

Syracuse 42

(4-4, 2-1 ACC)

1:30 PM ET, October 30, 2004

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

1 2 3 4 T
CONN 7 13 3 730
SYR 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: D. Orlovsky (CONN) - 445 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. Reyes (SYR) - 15 CAR, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Brockington (CONN) - 10 REC, 93 YDS

Syracuse 42, Connecticut 30

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Perry Patterson threw for two touchdowns, Walter Reyes ran for two more and the Syracuse defense forced five turnovers to beat Connecticut 42-30 on Saturday.

Archrivals in basketball, it was the first meeting between the teams in football and it was especially critical for Syracuse (4-4, 2-1 Big East) and its postseason hopes.

Losing to the Huskies (5-3, 2-3) in their first season in the Big East also would not have done wonders for the job security of Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who has been under fire from the fans, who continued to show their displeasure with the team. Announced attendance was 34,545, about 15,000 below the Carrier Dome's capacity and not much more than the last basketball game between the teams.

And it certainly wasn't easy. Connecticut lost despite gaining 566 yards and 35 first downs. UConn quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns and completed a school-record 39 passes. He also broke the Connecticut career passing yards record of 9,288 set by Matt DeGennaro from 1987-90. Orlovsky has 9,715.

The Huskies were done in by the turnovers and a little Syracuse luck. Patterson hit a 36-yard Hail Mary pass to Andre Fontenette for a touchdown as time had expired in the first half to give the Orange a 21-20 lead.

Anthony Smith made it 28-20 when he intercepted Orlovsky's first pass of the second half off a deflection and returned it 32 yards for a score.

After a 48-yard field goal by Matt Nuzie moved UConn within 28-23, Patterson hit Jared Jones over the middle for a 29-yard score with 34 seconds left in the third.

Patterson's 13-yard scramble set up a 3-yard TD run by Reyes midway through the fourth.

The Huskies took the opening kickoff of the game and quickly drove downfield. But after Orlovsky combined with Keron Henry on passes of 15 and 30 yards to move the ball to the Syracuse 16, Diamond Ferri made a one-handed interception across the middle and returned it 30 yards to midfield.

Reyes, who sat out the Orange's last game with the flu, scored on a 50-yard run on the next play to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead. Reyes finished with 121 yards on 15 carries.

Orlovsky hit tight end Dan Murray for a 17-yard touchdown with 3:28 left in the first to tie it at 7-all.

After Brendan Carney missed wide right on a 43-yard field goal attempt for the Orange, UConn drove 74 yards and gained a 13-7 lead on Cornell Brockington's 2-yard TD run midway through the second.

Syracuse, which averaged just 62 yards rushing in losing to No. 5 Florida State and No. 15 West Virginia in its previous two games, struck quickly again on the ground.

After a 10-yard holding penalty erased a 34-yard catch by Jared Jones, Damien Rhodes stunned the Huskies with a 54-yard run up the middle. Two plays later, Breyone Evans scored on a 22-yard run, somehow maintaining his balance after stumbling at the 10. It was his second carry of the season and gave Syracuse a 14-13 lead with 5:49 left in the half.

If the Huskies were demoralized after allowing two scores that took just 1:49, they didn't show it. Orlovsky drove them 80 yards on just five plays and put them ahead 20-14 on a 20-yard TD pass to Brian Sparks at 4:07.

Orlovksy hit Brandon McLean on a 15-yard TD pass with 52 seconds left in the game for the final points.

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