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
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
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
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.
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