Running back Damien Rhodes rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns, but couldn't lift Syracuse past Temple in a 34-24 loss on Saturday.
Rhodes, filling in for injured starter Walter Reyes, carried 29
times and delivered a trio of second-half scores. Quarterback Perry Patterson completed 20 of 35 passes for 240 yards in the loss.
Syracuse sliced Temple's lead to 24-17 after Rhodes rushed for a
16-yard touchdown with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter, but couldn't
get any closer. The Orange, which had managed a 38-31 double-overtime
win against Pittsburgh on Nov. 6, squandered a huge opportunity to become
Temple, which hadn't won a Big East game since 2002, snapped a
six-game losing streak. Syracuse (5-5) will have just one more chance to
become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001.
Following a bye week, the Orange will face No. 19 Boston College
(7-2) in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Nov. 27.
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Damien Rhodes -- Filling in for injured
starter Walter Reyes, the junior rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three
touchdowns in a loss to Temple on Saturday. It marked Rhodes' second
straight 100-yard game.
KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Steve Gregory -- The junior, who missed a
significant stretch of the season with a thigh injury, reeled in seven
receptions for 87 yards against Temple.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "To be honest with you, it is unacceptable. It's just
unacceptable. -- Syracuse WR Jared Jones on losing to Temple.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: RB Damien Rhodes (200 yards) bolstered Syracuse's
ground game in the absence of injured starter Walter Reyes. The Orange
finished with 235 rushing yards in a loss to Temple.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: Syracuse's run defense, on the other hand,
needs help. Temple QB Walter Washington rushed for 185 yards and three
ROSTER REPORT: RB Walter Reyes (shoulder) missed the Temple game and
is questionable for Boston College on Nov. 27.
NOTEBOOK: Rhodes' performance not enough
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