Syracuse leads the series, 26-27, including a 7-5 mark during head coach Paul Pasqualoni's tenure. Syracuse has won 17-of-21 games at home, including a 9-2 mark at the Carrier Dome. SU has won five of the last eight meetings.
The Eagles defeated the Orangemen, 41-20 at Alumni Stadium last season. Syracuse defeated BC, 39-28 at the Carrier Dome during the 2001 season. Three of the last six games have been decided by seven points or less.
Paul Pasqualoni, now in his 13th season, is 98-49-1 as head coach of the Orangemen. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 44-33 (7th season).
Syracuse is coming off a 51-7 loss to Virginia Tech. Boston College defeated Temple, 38-13.
The Orangemen travel to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers in a noon contest next Saturday. Boston College hosts Notre Dame.
Reyes Leads Nation In Scoring
Junior Walter Reyes leads the nation in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game. He has scored 11 rushing touchdowns and one two point conversion this season. Reyes, the nation's third-leading rusher with 144.2 yards per game, is just five yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark for his career. He is less than four yards behind the nation's leading rusher, BC's Derrick Knight (147.67). Reyes is third nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 164.8 yards per contest.
Reyes scored SU's lone touchdown against No. 4 Virginia Tech, extending his streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 10, which ties the Syracuse record set by Jim Nance in 1964.
The touchdown against the Hokies was his 29th rushing score of his career, tying him with James Mungro for second-place all-time at Syracuse. The only person to run for more scores than Reyes is Floyd Little (35).
Streak Continues For Anderson
Senior quarterback and captain R.J. Anderson established an SU record for passes without an interception with his streak of 144. Anderson broke Donovan McNabb's record of 133. The Orangemen are the only team in Division 1-A that has not thrown an interception.
Anderson needs one completion to become the fifth SU quarterback with 250 completions. Anderson is also within striking distance of becoming the seventh Orangemen ever to record 4,000 yards of career total offense. Anderson needs 59 yards of rushing and/or passing to get to the 4,000-yard mark. Joe Morris currently occupies sixth-place on the SU career list with 4,299 yards.
Anderson is fifth in career passing yards at SU with 3,422.
SU Tops In League Categories
Syracuse's 28 penalties in five games is the fewest in the BIG EAST this season and its average of 53.4 yards per game on those penalties ranks second in the league. SU ranks second in the conference for opponent's fourth-down conversion, allowing just 2-of-8 attempts. Temple is first with a 1-of-10 figure. The Orangemen are tied for first with Boston College and Miami in PAT kicking with a perfect 100 percent. SU has hit 17-of-17 PATs. SU has allowed just four sacks this season, which ranks second in the league behind Miami, which has allowed three.
Orange Ground Game Ranked Eighth Nationally
Syracuse's rushing game is averaging 229.8 yards per contest, which ranks eighth nationally. The Orange offense is producing 407.4 yards per game, which is tied for 37th in Division 1A football. SU's scoring average of 29.6 points per game is 44th best in the nation.
Greene Named SU Scholar-Athlete Of The Week
Sophomore offensive guard Jason Greene is the SU Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the week of October 13.
Greene was a member of the SU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the Fall 2002 semester. He has appeared in all five games in 2003. Greene is a part of the offensive line that blocked for junior running back Walter Reyes, who rushed for a Carrier Dome-record 241 yards against Central Florida.
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