Reyes returns; Orange top Huskies

Senior running back Walter Reyes returned from a bout of the flu on Saturday and rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns as the Orange knocked off Connecticut 42-30 at the Carrier Dome.

With Reyes sidelined a week earlier and backup Damien Rhodes also limited by illness, Syracuse rushed for 66 total yards in a 27-6 loss at West Virginia. But with both in the lineup and healthy, the Orange rolled up 281 yards on the ground in the victory.

Quarterback Perry Paterson completed 11 of 19 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He found receiver Andre Fontenette for a 36-yard touchdown completion as time expired in the first half, giving his team a 21-20 lead.

Connecticut running back Cornell Brockington rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw for 445 yards and three scores, but the team fell to 0-2 on the road this season.

Syracuse's defense forced five turnovers in the victory. Now the Orange (4-4) must travel to Pittsburgh (5-2) for a crucial Big East contest on Saturday, before finishing the season on the road at Temple and Boston College.


GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Walter Reyes -- The senior returned from a nasty case of the flu to rush for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-30 victory over Connecticut.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Steve Gregory -- In his second game back from a thigh injury, Gregory led Syracuse with six receptions for 53 yards. He reeled in five catches in the West Virginia game a week earlier.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Give all the credit to Font. I just threw it up there. It was a big emotional lift. Connecticut came out firing and we just had to keep up with their scoring. It was a spark." -- Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson, on his 36-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andre Fontenette that closed the first half.


LOOKING GOOD: When they're at full strength, Syracuse backs Walter Reyes and Damien Rhodes form one of the top rushing tandems in the nation. Reyes rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns against Connecticut on Saturday, while Rhodes added 80.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: The Orange defense surrendered 566 yards to the Huskies, including 445 passing, but somehow allowed just 10 points in the second half.

ROSTER REPORT: Redshirt freshman fullback Breyone Evans replaced starter Greg Hanoian, who missed the game with an injured finger. ... True freshman quarterback Joe Fields came into the game for one snap in the third quarter. It was Fields' first appearance since starting the Cincinnati game on Sept. 18.

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