The Orangemen accumulated 401 yards of total offense, including 275 rushing yards. Dee Brown had 136 yards on 18 carries, while quarterback Troy Nunes in his SU debut, completed 9-of-13 passes for 118 yards. The Syracuse defense held Toledo to 66 rushing yards.
The Orangemen are coming off a 38-14 victory over the University of Central Florida. Junior running back Walter Reyes rushed for career-highs of 241 yards and four touchdowns in the win. He finished with 7.8 yards per carry enroute to the second-best rushing output in school history. Senior quarterback R.J. Anderson completed 13-of-20 passes for 133 yards. Sophomore cornerback Steve Gregory led the defense with 10 tackles, including two for losses. He also had an interception and three pass break-ups.
The Rockets defeated No. 9 Pittsburgh last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Bruce Gradkowski completed a MAC record 49-of-62 passes for 461 yards.
Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni is in his 13th season leading the Orange. Pasqualoni has a 97-48-1 record. Tom Amstutz is in his third season as head coach at Toledo. He owns a 22-8 record.
Syracuse is off next Saturday. The Orange travel to Virginia Tech on Oct. 11. Toledo is also off next Saturday. The Rockets host Eastern Michigan on Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Reyes Leads Nation In Rushing and Scoring
Junior Walter Reyes is the top tailback in the country in rushing yards per game (173.0 yards per game) and scoring (16.67 points per game). His 197.33 all-purpose yards per game is second on the national list.
Reyes earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, following his performance in the Central Florida game. It was the second time this season that Reyes earned the honor (North Carolina). Reyes set a Carrier Dome-single-game rushing record with his 241 yards. His 31 rushes was one shy of the record set by Joe Morris, who had 32 carries in the first game played in the Carrier Dome on September 20.
Reyes has recorded at least one rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games dating back to last season. It is the longest streak with at least one rushing score since Jim Nance recorded 13 touchdowns in SU's 10 regular-season games in 1964. The last team to hold Reyes without a rushing touchdown was West Virginia in 2002.
A 2003 Doak Walker Award Candidate, Reyes is the only player in school history to run for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in the same game.
Orange Ranked Fifth Nationally In Rushing Yards
The 255.0 rushing yards per game that the Orangemen have averaged in their first three games of the 2003 season is ranked fifth nationally. Syracuse's offense is producing 471.67 yards per game, which ranks 11th in Division 1-A football. SU's 216.7 passing yards per game is 33rd in the country.
SU Is National Leader in Forcing Turnovers
Syracuse is one of just eight schools nationally and is the only team in the BIG EAST that has not had a pass intercepted. The Orangemen are tied for third in the nation with just two total turnovers and tied for third in turnover margin with a +2.0 mark. Just five other schools have two or fewer turnovers. SU's two fumbles lost is tied for 21st nationally and its eight turnovers gained is tied for 37th in the country.