Orange Look to Run Past Panthers

Syracuse (4-4, 2-1) will look to beat Pittsburgh (5-2, 3-1) for the first time in three years Saturday as the Panthers visit the Orange in the Carrier Dome.

In Syracuse's four wins this season, the Orange have rushed for at least 191 yards. In its four losses, the Orange have not rushed for over 113 yards. Pittsburgh's defense (2nd in Big East in rush defense, averaging 109.4 yards allowed per game) will look to stop the tandem of Walter Reyes and Damien Rhodes.

Reyes came back last week after missing the West Virginia game with the flu. He rebounded to rush for 121 yards and two touchdowns. His 96.7 yards per game average is 2nd in the Big East this season. Both Reyes and junior Damien Rhodes are averaging over five yards a carry.

Meanwhile, Syracuse will look to stop a new passing attack from the last time the Orange faced the Panthers. Gone are Rod Rutherford and Larry Fitzgerald. In is the new quarterback Tyler Palko (1564 yards, 10 TDs) and leading receiver Greg Lee (644 yards, 4 TDs). The two have led the Panthers passing attack to 229 yards a game.

Both defenses will be up to the challenges before them, though. Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh rank fourth nationally in recovered fumbles with 12 apiece. Both will be looking to take advantage of either team's mistakes.

Pittsburgh has beaten Syracuse each of the last two meetings, by a combined score of 82-38. However, those two losses were the only for Syracuse against Pittsburgh during coach Paul Pasqualoni's tenure. In addition, the Orange have won eight of its last ten at home. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

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