Lincoln Financial Field (68,532/Natural Grass)
Friday, November 23 • 11 a.m. • ESPN2
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Friday’s game will be the 37th meeting between Syracuse and Temple in a series that dates to 1944 … The Orange hold a 25-10-1 series lead, though the Owls have taken two of the last three meetings … The schools met annually from 1988-2004, but haven’t played since … The last meeting saw Temple QB Walter Washington rush for 185 yards and three touchdowns as the Owls prevailed 34-24 at Lincoln Financial Field … Temple coach Steve Addazio spent four years (1995-98) as an assistant at Syracuse, during which time the Orange won three BIG EAST titles … Addazio’s son, Louie, is a sophomore tight end at Syracuse.
SYRACUSE (6-5, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
23-25, fourth season
Syracuse improved to 6-5 with last Saturday’s 31-27 win at Missouri … The Orange overcame a 14-3 first-half deficit and scored the game-winning points on a touchdown with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter … The Orange are 6-0 when they have had fewer, or the same number of turnovers as their opponent and 0-5 when they have lost the turnover battle … Syracuse is ranked 24th nationally in total offense (473.3 ypg) and 15th in passing offense (309.5 ypg) and leads the BIG EAST in both categories … QB Ryan Nassib is the BIG EAST individual leader in passing (309.5 ypg) and is ranked eighth nationally … Nassib has thrown for 3,404 yards and 23 touchdowns on 267-of-420 passing … Nassib holds the BIG EAST career record with 764 completed passes … WR Alec Lemon leads the BIG EAST in receiving yards (98.9 ypg) and receptions (6.5 per game) … Lemon has 65 catches for 989 yards and seven touchdowns … S Shamarko Thomas has a team-high 78 tackles with two interceptions … DE Brandon Sharpe has 6.0 sacks and a BIG EAST-leading 13.5 tackles for loss.
TEMPLE (4-6, 2-4 BIG EAST)
Steve Addazio (Central Connecticut ’81)
13-9, second season
Temple improved to 4-6 with last week’s 63-32 win at Army … The game against Syracuse will be the regular-season finale for Temple, which has an 11-game schedule this season … RB Montel Harris enters the final game of his storied career on the heels of his best performance — a 351-yard, seven-touchdown effort in the win against Army … Harris’ yardage and touchdown figures are both BIG EAST and school records … Harris entered the game at Army ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing and enters the game against Syracuse as the conference leader … Harris has rushed for 948 yards and 12 touchdowns and is averaging 105.3 yards per game … QB Clinton Granger made his first career start in the win at Army and is expected to get the nod against Syracuse … WR Jalen Fitzpatrick is the leading receiver with 25 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns … LB Tyler Matekevich, a true freshman, is fourth in the BIG EAST in tackles (87, 8.7 per game) … K/P Brandon McManus leads the BIG EAST in punting with an average of 45.2 yards per punt … McManus is also one of the top kickers in the conference and is sixth in the league in scoring (6.6 points per game).