FIFTH DOWN: Syracuse helps LSU

Syracuse's 38-12 drumming of Notre Dame helped LSU in its quest to move past USC for second place in the BCS standings.

The Trojans beat the Irish, 45-14 Oct. 18 and because of Syracuse's in over the Irish, it helped LSU by weakening USC's strength of schedule.

No. 3 LSU will play its final game against Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Meanwhile, No. 2 USC will play Oregon State. USC leads LSU by 1.53 points in the BCS rankings.

Syracuse players and coaches were indifferent about the affect of its game on the outcome of the BCS standings.

"Unless (LSU head football) coach (Nick) Saban calls me and tells me ‘thanks', I didn't really care," defensive linemen Christian Ferrara said.

Out with a bang

Sixteen seniors played their final home game against Notre Dame, including R.J. Anderson, Thump Belton, Chris Buda, Lenny Cusumano, Dave DeAmato, Joe Donnelly, Jameel Dumas, Christian Ferrara, Louis Gachelin, Harold Jean-Louis, Andrew Johnson, Darryl Kennedy, Johnnie Morant, Jamel Riddle, Alex Ridore, Nick Romeo, Kevin Sampson, Rich Scanlon and Josh Thomas. The group has compiled a 26-22 record since 2000.

"It was emotional," Anderson said. "It was a great day. It has been very special. I'll never forget this game for the rest of my life. I'm just grateful we could go out the way we wanted to go out."

For the record

Tailback Walter Reyes became the Orangemen's single-season and career leader in rushing touchdowns, running for five touchdowns. Reyes tied tied Floyd Little (vs. Kansas, 1964) for second place on the SU single-game rushing touchdown and points scored lists. His touchdown total and 30 points were both Carrier Dome records.

He has now run for 38 career touchdowns, 37 of them in the last two years, breaking Floyd Little's record of 35 set between 1964-66. Reyes also broke the school single-season record for most touchdowns with his 21st of the season (rushing and receiving), breaking Little's old mark of 19 set in 1965.

Senior quarterback R.J. Anderson went 17-for-27 with 209 yards, becoming the seventh SU quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in one season. Anderson's season total of 2,164 is fifth on the Orangemen's single-season list.

Anderson's third completion of the game, a 15-yard pass to Thump Belton, set a new Syracuse single-season standard for completions. Anderson completed 186 passes in 2003, breaking the record previously held by Marvin Graves, who completed 171 in 1993. Anderson also holds the single-season attempts record at 310. He is the only SU quarterback ever to throw 300 passes in a season.

Notes and Quotes

A season-high 48,170 fans attended the game. ... Lenny Cusumano's 30-yard catch in the second quarter marked the longest catch of his career. … "This was a bit surprising," Irish receiver Carlyle Holiday said. "Our guys have been feeling that we've been on a different plane the last few weeks, so this was a big disappointment."

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