Patterson, who is competing with true freshman Joe Fields for snaps, completed 15 of 23 pass attempts for 141 yards at Virginia on Saturday, but didn't throw for a touchdown in Syracuse's 31-10 loss.
"Patterson, in his first career start, managed the game well,"
Pasqualoni said. "We were able to put together impressive drives, but we're
not able to put the ball in the end zone."
The Orange (2-2) have converted 6 of 11 opportunities inside the
opponent's 20-yard line, last in the Big East.
They will have to improve
on that statistic on Saturday when Rutgers visits the Carrier Dome.
Patterson will start, but Fields might play at a moment's notice.
The Scarlet Knights (2-1) handed the Orange a 24-7 loss last season.
Senior running back Walter Reyes (73.0 ypg.) and backup Damien Rhodes
(51.5 ypg.) give Syracuse a credible ground attack, but the passing game
The Orange, who have already faced ranked teams Purdue and Virginia,
host No. 9 Florida State on Oct. 9.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Syracuse's offense is ranked last in the Big
East, averaging just 16.5 points and 269.8 yards per game. The Orange
have converted only 16 of 56 third-down opportunities this season.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Orangemen are ranked sixth out of seven
Big East teams in scoring defense (26.5 ppg.) and fifth in total defense
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we're getting better. When the Big East was
reorganizing, we had to make a decision about who we were going to
schedule. We chose to schedule the Purdues, Virginias and Florida States.
We did that in hopes it would make us a better football team." --
Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni on his team's challenging non-conference
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Rutgers at Syracuse, Oct. 2 -- Syracuse is looking
for revenge after Rutgers won this matchup 24-7 last year and cost the
Orange a shot at bowl eligibility.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB/KR Diamond Ferri -- The 5-10, 218-pound senior
ranks ninth nationally in kickoff return yardage (32.0). Ferri is also
third on the team with 23 tackles and has managed one interception.
RB Walter Reyes -- The 5-10, 209-pound senior rushed for 83 yards on
24 carries in Saturday's loss to Virginia. Reyes needs just 21 yards to
pass Larry Csonka for second place on the school's all-time rushing
ROSTER REPORT: CB Tanard Jackson is recovering from a stab wound
suffered Saturday night and shouldn't be available for Rutgers. FB Stephen
McDonald (knee) is out indefinitely.
Pasqualoni still keeping QB options open
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