(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer Thumb through the Syracuse media guide to the records section, and it's no surprise the first three pages are devoted to rushing. For a school steeped in a tradition of greatness at running back, the first half of the season was an anomaly.
The Orange failed to have one 100-yard rusher and fell to 2-4. Then Jerome Smith finally broke through against Connecticut on Friday night.
Smith rushed for a career-high 133 yards to pace a running game that netted 251, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and the Orange (3-4, 2-1 Big East) routed the Huskies 40-10.
Coaches always strive for balance, and Syracuse delivered against UConn with equal yardage in both phases and 20 points in each half. Ryan Nassib was 14 of 20 passing for 251 yards in an offensive performance that netted 502 yards to Connecticut's 290. UConn entered the game ranked sixth in total defense (261 ypg) and 13th against the run (99.4).
''It was a big emphasis,'' ...