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TEMPLE THWARTS SYRACUSE

Walter Washington gave Temple a Big East memory worth remembering.

Washington ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for another score, to help Temple snap a six-game losing streak with a 34-24 win over Syracuse on Saturday.

"We deserved it," Washington said. "We knew we could win going into all the games, but we were able to come out with this one."

Washington set the Big East season record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 816, breaking the mark set by West Virginia's Rasheed Marshall (666) in 2002. Washington now has 2,740 yards overall (1,924 passing) this season, breaking the school record of 2,577 set by Henry Burris in 1994.

Washington's performance this season has been a rare highlight for the Owls (2-8, 1-4 Big East), who have had 13 straight losing seasons and were kicked out of the Big East conference. The Owls, who had lost 12 straight conference games, begin life next year as an independent.

The Owls led, 21-3, at halftime, then held on when Syracuse (5-5, 3-2) rallied in the third quarter.

Syracuse did not seem to miss leading rusher Walter Reyes, out with a torn shoulder muscle. Damien Rhodes ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

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