Reyes rushed for a career-high 241 yards and four touchdowns as Syracuse (2-1) knocked off the Golden Knights (1-2) 38-14.
"I thank my offensive line for that," Reyes said. "They opened holes and played great."
"When you rush for 241 yards, somebody's blocking somebody," head coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "I had as much fun as you did watching Reyes."
Reyes scored on rushes of 25, one, three, and 58 years to add to his career total of 26 scores – fifth all-time at Syracuse. His performance left him 11 yards short of breaking the all time record set by Joe Morris in 1979 – Morris rushed for 252 yards against Kansas.
"That's great," Reyes said, referring to the record. "But all I'm worried about is getting wins."
"That's a lot of yards huh?" quarterback RJ Anderson said. "He's the best running back in the Big East, if not in the nation."
Schneider did not fair as well as Reyes.
The fifth-year senior, who had come off a 497-yard outing against Florida Atlantic and was being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Heisman, was rushed and hurried by the Syracuse defense for most of the afternoon. The Orangemen intercepted three of Schneider's passes and also forced two fumbles.
The performance was by far Syracuse's best defensive outing of the season. In the first two games, the Orangemen had allowed 478 years a game, good for near last in several Division I-A categories. Today, the Orangemen held a potent Central Florida offense to just 376 yards.
"I got so worked up before the game, I almost cried," linebacker Rich Scanlon said. "We needed that intensity. It's something did that I didn't feel for the first two games."
Still, Schneider managed to throw for 284 yards and a touchdown to Darcy Johnson, which tied the game at 14 apiece on the first drive of the third quarter.
But the Orangemen would score 24 unanswered points, buoyed by Reyes rushing for 161 yards and two scores in the second half.
Troy Swittenburg's 32-yard return after intercepting a pass set up an Anderson 1-yard run gave the Orangemen, 31-14 with 10:44 in the fourth.
"We knew their offense was going to score a lot of points," Anderson said. "We just wanted to keep with them."
The Orangemen had no trouble doing that, holding the Central Florida air attack in check for most of the first half. Schneider seemed out of sync with his receivers, really only clicking on the final drive of the first half.
Schneider led the Knights on a 62-yard drive, throwing a 1-yard strike to Dee Brown with eight seconds left in the half. Schneider was near perfect on that drive – which was kept alive by a fake field goal when Al Peterson ran for 11 yards and a first down – throwing seven passes for 50 yards. But the drive seemed more of an aberration than a renaissance.
"We knew they were going to test (the secondary) today," Gregory said. "We took it personally and we needed to prove ourselves."
Reyes breaks record, Syracuse beats UCF
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