FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rhodes will start

Syracuse will face Temple on Saturday without the services of running back Walter Reyes. The senior rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown in last weekend's 38-31 victory over Pittsburgh, but injured his shoulder in the third quarter.

"Walter is out for this week," coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "It just piles on the adversity. But we've faced adversity all year. We don't have our star player, so Damien Rhodes will have to do the job and the reserve tailbacks will have to do the job."

Rhodes, a junior, rushed for 103 yards and scored a game-winning 2-yard touchdown in the second overtime to lift Syracuse past Pittsburgh. He is averaging 61.0 rushing yards per game.

Early-season losses to four ranked opponents -- Purdue, Virginia, Florida State and West Virginia -- apparently prepared Syracuse well for the stretch run. The Orange have won two straight games and are in second place in the Big East standings.

Syracuse (5-4), which is fighting to earn its first postseason appearance since 2001, will close the season at Boston College on Nov. 27.


SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Junior TB Damien Rhodes and sophomore QB Perry Patterson will have to compensate for the loss of Walter Reyes. Patterson completed 15 of 28 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in the win over Pittsburgh.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Orange will field the Big East's fifth-ranked scoring (26.9 ppg.) and sixth-ranked total (430.1 ypg.) defense. Junior DE James Wyche leads the league in tackles for loss with 13.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This has been the kind of season for us, with the schedule we've played, that we've had to draw on emotion every single week. In this game you have to draw on emotion. But this is Week 10. Can you do it every single week?" -- Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni, on the hardships his team has battled through this season.


THIS WEEK'S GAME: Syracuse at Temple, Oct. 13 -- The Orange are coming off a 38-31 win over Pittsburgh last weekend, while Temple dropped a 42-21 decision to West Virginia. Syracuse leads the series 12-1 in Big East play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: SS Diamond Ferri -- The senior anticipated a weak-side toss to Pittsburgh running back Raymond Kirkley and made the fourth-down stop to lock up the double-overtime victory. Ferri leads the Big East in fumbles forced (5) and has picked off three passes.

TB Damien Rhodes -- The junior rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries, including 81 yards on 16 carries after halftime, and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard rush to lead Syracuse past Pittsburgh. Rhodes accounted for all 25 yards on Syracuse's final drive in the second extra session.

ROSTER REPORT: TB Walter Reyes (shoulder), Syracuse's top rusher, won't be available against Temple.

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