From The Sidelines

Saturday's game between Syracuse (1-1) and University of Central Florida (1-1) marks the third meeting between the two schools.

Syracuse has won both meeting in the series. The Orangemen defeated the Golden Knights at the Carrier Dome, 21-10 in 2001 and won last year's contest in Orlando, 38-35.

In last season's meeting, the Orange trailed 21-3 in the second quarter before outscoring UCF 35-14 the rest of the game. Tailback Walter Reyes rushed 27 times for 130 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Johnnie Morant had three receptions for 63 yards. Quarterback Troy Nunes (1999-02) completed 13-of-18 passes for 199 yards.

Syracuse is coming off a 30-20 loss to Louisville last Saturday. Morant had a career-high eight catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Reyes rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown in the loss. UCF defeated Florida Atlantic, 33-29 last Saturday. Senior quarterback Ryan Schneider threw for a school-record 497 yards on 37-of-52 passing with three touchdowns.

Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni is in his 13th season leading the Orange. Pasqualoni has a 96-48-1 record. Sixth-year head coach Mike Kruczek is 34-32 overall at UCF.

Syracuse hosts its third game in a row next Saturday as Toledo comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. contest. UCF travels to Kent State.

Morant And Reyes Among Nation's Leaders

Senior wide receiver Johnnie Morant and junior tailback Walter Reyes have posted statistics in SU's first two games that rank among the best in the country. Morant leads the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 265.0 per game and is second in receiving yards with 150.5 per game. His 32.14 kickoff return average ranks eighth and his 7.5 receptions per game is tied for 14th. Morant has 301 receiving yards this year, which is 12th in the nation. Reyes ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 13.0 points per game and is 10th in rushing, averaging 139.0 yards per outing. His 160.5 all-purpose yards per game is 15th on the national list.

Morant finished with 235 all-purpose yards (141 rec., 94 kick return) against Louisville. It was his second straight game with at least 200 all-purpose yards (291 vs. North Carolina).

Reyes' 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the Louisville game, marked the seventh consecutive game he has run for a score. The last time he was kept out of the endzone was against West Virginia last season. Reyes is a Doak Walker Award Candidate.

Anderson Among Leaders In NCAA And BIG EAST Stats

Senior quarterback R.J. Anderson ranks among both the NCAA and BIG EAST leaders in several categories after two games. Anderson is 29th in the nation in pass efficiency (146.6), 15th in total offense (283.0) and tied for 23rd in completions per game (19.5). His completions per game total leads the BIG EAST. Anderson also ranks fourth in the conference in efficiency and second in total offense.

Anderson was 19-of-30 for 229 yards versus Louisville. His effort against the Cardinals moved him past both the 3,000-yard passing and 200-completion marks for his careers. Anderson's 3,051 yards ranks sixth all-time at Syracuse, while his 211 completions are the seventh-most ever at SU.

SU Offense Ranked 12th Best In The Country

The Syracuse offense is producing 482.0 yards per game, which ranks 12th in Division 1A football. The 223.5 rushing yards per game is 17th nationally, while SU's 258.5 passing yards per game is 33rd in the country. The Orangemen's scoring average of 34.5 points per game is 25th best in the nation.

Romeo Makes 38th Career Start

Rimington Award Candidate Nick Romeo started his 38th consecutive game for the Orangemen versus Louisville last Saturday. The 38 starts ranks third on the list for starts by current collegiate linemen with Nick Zuniga of North Texas. Nate McPeek (Marshall, 41 starts) and Toby Cecil (Texas Tech, 40 starts) are the only current linemen to have started more games in their career. Romeo has started every game during his SU career.

SU Athletics Honored For Graduation Rate

Syracuse University was recognized for its graduation rate among student-athletes with the USA Today/NCAA Achievement award. Eighty one percent of the group of student-athletes who entered SU as freshmen in 1996 graduated in a six-year period, which ranks 10th among all Division 1-A schools. The University's graduation rate for all students entering in the fall of 1996 was 77 percent.

Six Orangemen Earn Their Degrees

Six Orangemen earned their undergraduate degrees in May, completing their program of study in four years on The Hill. They are: fullback Thump Belton (history), tight end Lenny Cusumano (physical education), center Nick Romeo (mechanical engineering), offensive tackle Kevin Sampson (information management and technology), linebacker Rich Scanlon (health and exercise science) and defensive end Josh Thomas (psychology).

Orangemen In The NFL

Arizona	FS Quentin Harris
Carolina	OT Melvin Tuten
Cleveland	WR Kevin Johnson
Denver	FB Kyle Johnson
Indianapolis  DE Dwight Freeney
		WR Marvin Harrison
		RB James Mungro
Jacksonville FS Donovin Darius
Kansas City   DT Eric Downing
Miami	DL Rob Burnett
		LB Morlon Greenwood
		FB Rob Konrad
		K Olindo Mare
New Orleans OT P.J. Alexander
		SS Tebucky Jones
New York Giants CB Will Allen
			WR David Tyree
Philadelphia	QB Donovan McNabb
St. Louis		C Dave Wohlabaugh
Seattle	   FB Chris Davis
Tennessee		K Gary Anderson
			LB Keith Bulluck
Washington 	DT Kevin Mitchell

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