NOTEBOOK: Rhodes' performance not enough

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 bowl eligible.

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.


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 touchdowns.

ROSTER REPORT: RB Walter Reyes (shoulder) missed the Temple game and is questionable for Boston College on Nov. 27.

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