Defense Clips Eagles

The Syracuse Orangemen turned in a good performance on defense. Diamond Ferri, a native of the Boston area, wanted to play well against Boston College. And he knew the team had done well. "We hit them in the face for four quarters, and it's a good feeling...it's a great feeling."

Senior Louis Gachelin anchored a defensive unit that sacked Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter five times, and Diamond Ferri and Steve Gregory both intercepted passes en route to a 39-14 victory in the Carrier Dome Saturday. It was perhaps Syracuse's best effort on defense all year. They held the nation's leading rusher, BC running back Derrick Knight, to just 51 yards on 19 carries. Knight had been averaging 147 yards a game on the ground.

But the offense added a little spark of its own. Quarterback R.J. Anderson had one of his best days in an SU uniform, completing 20 of 27 passes for 215 yards. Three of those passes were for touchdowns. He also extended his streak of passes without an interception to 171 passes. Anderson also led the ground attack, rushing for 73 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Rashard Williams caught a career-high seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Both of Johnnie Morant's catches were touchdown grabs. Walter Reyes was held to 55 yards on 23 carries, but he did extend a streak of his own, scoring a touchdown for the 11th straight game, a new school record.

Syracuse's best offensive drive came in the fourth quarter. Anderson led a 20-play, 80 yard drive that he capped off himself with an eight yard run. The drive lasted almost nine minutes. "That 20-play drive was a thing of beauty," Coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "...a classic."

Much hype surrounded this game because of BC's recent decision to leave the Big East for the ACC. SU had downplayed the issue all week, but coaches and players after the game expressed a sense of extra motivation from the Eagles' decision. "The history of this series has been that Syracuse has done pretty well," said special teams coach Chris White. "And our seniors, especially, wanted to make sure that we went out on top against BC."

In what might have been the last meeting, at least for a while, between the two teams, coming out on top is exactly what Syracuse did. And Coach Pasqualoni was pleased with the way it turned out. "If the series is ending, this was a nice way to end it."

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