Even though it had beaten Temple 13 straight times, Syracuse knew that today's game against the Owls would be a struggle, and it was.
With three Orangemen recovering from a viscious knife attack in a melee outside a bar after last week's loss to Boston College, concentrating on football hadn't been easy, and it showed. Syracuse won, 27-10, but Temple (2-7, 2-3 Big East) was in the game until the end.
"This was just one of those days that you just have to hang in there," Syracuse Coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "Things didn't go our way until the last two minutes of the game."
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Syracuse (6-3, 3-2) and made the Orangemen eligible for the postseason with two games remaining in the regular season.
Despite an emotional appearance before the game by the most seriously injured player, senior defensive back David Byrd, the Orangemen were flat all afternoon. Still, it was an important moment.
Syracuse finally broke open the game with 10 points in a 17-second span in the final two minutes--Nate Trout's 26-yard field goal and LaTroy Oliver's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.