NCAA Game Summary - Louisville at Syracuse
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Syracuse 45, (11) Louisville 26
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes,
Prince-Tyson Gulley ran for two scores and the Syracuse Orange stunned the
11th-ranked and previously unbeaten Louisville Cardinals, 45-26, at the
Nassib had 246 yards on 15-of-23 passing for Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East),
which snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. Jerome Smith rushed
for 144 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
"We were able to get the ball vertically down the field. We had a good
balanced attack," said Syracuse coach Doug Marrone.
Teddy Bridgewater connected on 36-of-49 throws for 424 yards with three
touchdowns and one interception for the Cardinals (9-1, 4-1), who entered play
tied with Rutgers atop the conference standings.
The Scarlet Knights beat Army in a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
"I am very embarrassed today for our program," said Louisville coach Charlie
Strong. "We didn't play well - the preparation and the execution weren't
there. We didn't play well in all three phases - offense, defense and the
kicking game. We have a lot to learn from this game."
Syracuse started the game with three consecutive runs by Smith, the last being
a 7-yard carry on 3rd-and-1, before Jeremiah Kobena made a sliding catch
at the Louisville 19 for a 45-yard gain. But a dropped pass on third down by
Jarrod West forced the Orange to settle for a 20-yard Ross Krautman field
The Cardinals' first series featured the loss of running back Senorise Perry
to a leg injury and ended with John Wallace kicking a 37-yard field goal.
Perry, who did not return, entered the game as the team's leading rusher.
The second Syracuse possession resulted in a three-and-out, but Scott Radcliff
fumbled the punt and linebacker Lewellyn Coker recovered the ball for the home
team. The turnover set the Orange up at the Louisville 24-yard line and led to
an 8-yard touchdown run by Gulley. The score came after the Cardinals were
flagged for pass interference on third down.
Louisville answered on the ensuing drive as Corvin Lamb reached the end zone
late in the first quarter on a 53-yard catch-and-run.
Syracuse's next two drives culminated with touchdown passes of 13 and 37 yards
from Nassib to Alec Lemon. After another Cardinals punt, Gulley darted for a
55-yard score, extending the lead to 31-10.
Wallace connected on a 35-yard field goal prior to halftime, but Smith capped
the Orange's first drive of the second half with a 35-yard dash to the end
Later, Bridgewater and Eli Rogers hooked up for a 44-yard scoring strike down
the middle of the field. Louisville, though, had the extra point blocked and
wound up falling behind 45-19 in the fourth quarter on Coker's 3-yard
Bridgewater closed out the scoring with an 8-yard TD pass to DeVante Parker.
Nassib (8,460) is six passing yards shy of matching Marvin Graves for the
school record ... Lemon caught nine passes for 176 yards, while Gulley had 98
yards on the ground ... Rogers totaled 97 yards on 10 receptions ...
Louisville was limited to 48 rushing yards ... Syracuse converted 14-of-19
11/10 17:32:46 ET
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