The Syracuse University football team is on the brink of an appearance in a bowl game - but thanks to Louisville, it's not there yet.
That bowl appearance stalled thanks to Louisville, who had a strong second half Saturday on its way to beating the Orange 28-20 in the Carrier Dome in front of 40,245 spectators.
All the Cardinals did was outscore SU 14-3 in the last two quarters and stop the Orange in its last four offensive possessions. Thus, Louisville continued its head-to-head domination of the series, as it owns a 6-1 edge over the Orange.
Louisville (5-4, 2-2, Big East) defeated SU (6-3, 3-2 Big East) in with a balanced offense featuring 160 yards on the ground and 143 yards through the air, combined with a relentless blitzing defense. Although the Cardinals were missing two of its best players
(quarterback Adam Froman and running back Bilal Powell), it still came out on top.
For the visitors, backup quarterback Justin Burke completed 13 of 25 passes for 143 yards, and redshirt freshman Jeremy Wright ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville's win snapped what had been a 12-game losing streak on the road.
Ryan Nassib, meanwhile, registered 19-of-32 passing for 155 yards and one TD. He made a few mistakes throwing untimely hurried passes, but the offensive line certainly did not help his team's cause. The SU turnovers, for the most part, were attributed to blitzing pressure, leading to a collapsing pocket that did not allow enough time for Nassib release the football.
"We had a chance to make some plays," head coach Doug Marrone said. "At times we did, and at times we didn't. They (Louisville) capitalized on all the mistakes we made."
Delone Carter still rushed for 107 yards on 21 carries. Carter, in his stellar career, has 10 games with 100 or more rushing yards and, in this game, surpassed Floyd Little for fifth place on Syracuse's all-time list.