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Big East: Syracuse rebounds against overmatched R.I.

©Associated Press
September 15, 2002

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Walter Reyes ran for three touchdowns and R.J. Anderson found his passing touch as Syracuse routed Division I-AA Rhode Island 63-17 Saturday.

Anderson threw his first two touchdowns of the season, 87 and 29 yards to Jamel Riddle, and Damien Rhodes rushed for two.

Syracuse (1-2) found some offense after poor performances against BYU and North Carolina, gaining 629 yards against the Rams.

Anderson, 12-for-35 for 199 yards and three interceptions in the first two games, was 13-for-18 for 306 yards before being replaced by Troy Nunes late in the third quarter.

Reyes scored on runs of 1, 46 and 10 yards and Rhodes had touchdown runs of 10 and 16 yards. Reyes finished with 128 yards on 14 carries, and Riddle had five catches for 176 yards.

Anderson's performance came against a small defensive line. Left end Kyle Beck, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, and right end Shaka Martin, 6-2 and 226, were no match for a Syracuse line averaging more than 300 pounds.

Rhode Island dropped to 3-19 against Division I-A teams. Jason Ham, who led Rhode Island (1-2) with 103 yards rushing, had runs of 52 and 30 yards, and freshman quarterback Jayson Davis completed passes of 47 yards to Wendall Williams, 36 to Mike Peterson and 32 to Curtis Horne in the first half.

Davis was 7-of-12 for 145 yards and no interceptions and scored on a 4-yard draw in the second quarter before being replaced by Ray Barker to start the second half.

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RUTGERS 44, ARMY 0: Ted Trump threw three touchdowns and freshman Markis Facyson ran for 129 yards and a score as host Rutgers ended a six-game losing streak. Trump threw touchdowns of 21, 17 and 13 yards.

The shutout was the first for the Scarlet Knights since beating Buffalo 59-0 in 2000. It was the first time Army was shut out since a 28-0 loss to Air Force in 1999.

For the second straight week, turnovers plagued Army. The Cadets had four, including three interceptions by freshman quarterback Zac Dahman, to give Rutgers 28 points. The capper was safety Shawn Seabrooks' 33-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave the Scarlet Knights a 10-0 lead.

Trump, who was 16-of-23 for 230 yards and an interception in his second career start, gave Rutgers a 17-0 lead midway through the second with a 21-yard pass.

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