Good-Knight in Orlando

Call it a streak.<br><br>Although it may not be enough to beat the better teams in the country, Syracuse is playing its best football of the season. The momentum of a convincing win against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers spilled over into Saturday night as the Orangemen defeated the Golden Knights of Central Florida, 38-35.

Trailing 21-3 in the first half, Troy Nunes led a mistake-free Syracuse offense all the way back to get the win. Nunes, 2-0 as a starter this season, threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 13-18 attempts before leaving with an injury. R.J. Anderson came in and did his best Troy Percival impression in relieving Nunes and getting the save. Anderson failed to complete a pass, but Walter Reyes shouldered the load, rushing 27 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns. On special teams, Steve Gregory recovered a fumbled punt return from UCF and blocked what would have been the game-tying field goal with less than two minutes remaining.

In what seemed like a very uneventful 38-35 game, Syracuse came up with the plays when they needed them. The defense still showed its weaknesses, as UCF quarterback Ryan Schneider went on an air assault, throwing for 440 yards, from which 206 of those yards fell into the hands of UCF receiver Doug Gabriel. But, the offense did not turn the ball over, and the defense came up with enough plays to fend off the Golden Knights.

The next three games for the Orangemen will determine how good their best football really is, as they run the Big East gauntlet with games remaining against Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Miami.

Now most people will expect those teams to stomp all over the 3-6 Orangemen. But don't tell the SU football team that. They just picked up a new recruit for the stretch drive: his name is Mr. Mo Mentum.

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