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State: UCF loses on Syracuse rally

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

ORLANDO -- Walter Reyes rushed for a career-high 130 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, as Syracuse rallied to beat Central Florida 38-35 on Saturday night.

Troy Nunes, making his second start of the season, completed 13 of 18 for 199 yards and two scores for the Orangemen before leaving with a bruised hip in the fourth.

Syracuse erased an 18-point deficit with touchdowns on four straight possessions, starting shortly before halftime. The last score, Reyes' 4-yard run with 13:56 left, put the Orangemen up 31-27 for their first lead. Reyes scored four minutes later on a 4-yard run, which was set up when Steve Gregory recovered Asante Samuel's muffed punt return.

UCF got within three on Ryan Schneider's 4-yard pass to Hillsborough graduate Sean Gaudion with 8:58 left, and had a chance to tie late. But Gregory blocked Matt Prater's 47-yard field-goal try, Syracuse's second of the game and fourth of the season, to seal it.

Schneider was 28-of-47 for a school-record 440 yards passing. UCF's best was 438 yards, set by Daunte Culpepper against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1998.

Doug Gabriel had 206 receiving yards and Jimmy Fryzel added 150, both career highs. Gabriel added 117 return yards and a 1-yard TD run to set the school record with 324 all-purpose yards.

UCF had 539 yards of total offense, its most since gaining 602 against Liberty last year.

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UCONN 61, FAU 14: Connecticut is closing its 50-year run at Memorial Stadium in record fashion.

The Huskies of Division I-A snapped a four-game losing streak with the most points they have scored at the 16,000-seat stadium. The record was set in a 56-30 win over Rhode Island in 1980.

UConn moves into the new 40,000-seat Rentschler Field in East Hartford next season.

The scoring milestone came at the expense of a Division I-AA program in its second season. The Huskies set a school mark by allowing minus-12 yards rushing.

Strong winds made the temperature of 37 degrees feel colder.

"I don't think we were ready for the cold," Owls defensive lineman Ramon Rickards said. "We were a fish out of water."

UConn tailback Terry Caulley ran for 105 yards and career-high three touchdowns. Caulley had scoring runs of 33, 3 and 28 yards in the first half and sat out the second.

The Owls scored midway through the third quarter against reserves when Garrett Jahn hit Matt Prudenti for a 22-yard touchdown; Jahn later hit Thomas Parker for an 11-yard score. Florida Atlantic gained 164 total yards and allowed 496.

B-CC 13, N.C. A&T 12: Scot Austin found Rashean Mathis on a 26-yard touchdown with 1:13 left for the visiting Wildcats, who remained unbeaten.

Austin finished 13-for-27 for 132 yards and two interceptions for Bethune-Cookman, which outgained the Aggies 385 yards to 226.

The Aggies led 12-7 early in the fourth quarter after rushing touchdowns by D'Brian Hudgins from 10 and 15 yards. Lawrence McCloud completed 3 of 5 for 29 yards and one 2-yard score to Erik Lash for Bethune-Cookman.

The Aggies missed the extra-point kick after their first touchdown and missed a two-point conversion try after the second.

FAMU 25, HAMPTON 13: Casey Printers threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns for the host Rattlers.

FAMU held Hampton's powerful offense, which was averaging 37 points, scoreless until the fourth quarter. By then, Printers and his receivers had done too much damage. Rod Miller caught 11 passes for 100 yards, and Charlie Allen had eight for 105.

Hampton was scoreless until Terrance Patrick returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown.

The Rattlers found the end zone in every quarter, beginning with Printers' 10-yard score to Allen in the first.

Florida A&M needed a win to stay alive in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference race, but remained a game behind B-CC and two back in the loss column.

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