Balanced Attack Propels Syracuse Past Toledo

Coming off of two impressive wins against Marshall and Pittsburgh, Toledo ran into a Syracuse team working on all cylinders Saturday night as Syracuse won comfortably, 34-7, at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse rushed for 313 yards and tallied 450 yards total. Syracuse was again paced by Walter Reyes, who ran for 162 yards, with 148 of those yards coming in the first half. Reyes also racked up two more touchdowns on the ground on runs of 61 and 43 yards.

Meanwhile, Syracuse's defense kept Toledo's potent offense in check. Although allowing 333 yards, the Orangemen rarely allowed the big play to hurt them, with exception to the lone touchdown for Toledo's offense. Caught in a defensive miscommunication, the Orangemen were caught napping when Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski launched a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lance Moore who was matched up with a linebacker on the play. Other than that, SU Coach Paul Pasqualoni was pleased with the team's performance.

"I can't say we anticipated they'd (Toledo) only score seven points," Pasqualoni said.

But while Reyes will garner most of the attention for his performance, he refused to take all the credit.

It starts upfront with the offensive line," said Reyes. "They make my job easy."

Syracuse broke out to an early lead. They scored on a 30-yard field goal from Collin Barber on their first possession. They followed that up by scoring three touchdowns in their next four possessions to jump out to a 24-0 lead at halftime. From there, Syracuse cruised to victory, despite turning the ball over twice. Toledo made use of the screen pass all night trying to expose the Syracuse secondary, but was unsuccessful putting points on the board, despite throwing for 257 yards. Syracuse added on another touchdown when quarterback R.J. Anderson scampered into the endzone from 14 yards out.

Syracuse (3-1) has a bye next week, and will then travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Virginia Tech on October 11. Toledo (3-2) is slated to play Eastern Michigan next on October 11.

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