The improving Orange actually led 10-3 until the 2:41 mark of the third quarter and ultimately dropped a 17-13 decision to the Seminoles on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse (3-3) had a chance to win the game in the final minute, but
quarterback Perry Patterson's pass was intercepted in the end zone with
five seconds remaining. Patterson completed 19 of 28 passes for a
career-high 207 yards and a touchdown.
Leon Washington's two second-half
touchdowns rallied Florida State to the victory.
Orange running back Walter Reyes rushed for just 27 yards on 14
carries, but reeled in six receptions for 51 yards. His backup, Damien Rhodes, managed only minus-7 yards on seven carries after burning Rutgers
for 102 yards a week earlier.
Syracuse was out-gained 258-58 on the ground. The Orange have lost
17 straight games when rushing for less than 100 yards.
Syracuse will take the week off before traveling to West Virginia
(4-1) on Oct. 21. The Orange are 1-0 in Big East play.
GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Perry Patterson -- The sophomore appears to
have wrested the starting job from freshman Joe Fields. Patterson
completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for a career-high 207 yards and one touchdown
in Syracuse's 17-13 loss to Florida State.
KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Jared Jones -- The senior managed three
receptions for 56 yards, including one for a 44-yard touchdown -- the longest of
his career. It was Jones' first touchdown catch since the Central Florida game in 2002.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think they (Florida State) were shocked. I wasn't
shocked, we weren't shocked. I think they were shocked and it worked to
our advantage." -- Syracuse WR Andre Fountenette on Syracuse's near
victory over Florida State at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: Syracuse is still a run-based team, but quarterback
Perry Patterson's passing ability continues to develop. Patterson
delivered a career-high 207 passing yards against Florida State and the first
touchdown pass to a Syracuse receiver (Jared Jones) this season.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: Syracuse must improve its third-down
consistency. The Orange converted just 2 of 13 opportunities on Saturday and
ranked last in the Big East heading into the weekend's games.
ROSTER REPORT: CB Tanard Jackson returned to the lineup after
sustaining a stab would three weeks ago. Jackson recorded five tackles in the
Orange gain respect
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