In the first quarter, SU was in good position to score at the Louisville 41. However, linebacker Daniel Brown sacked Nassib, forcing a fumble that Antowone Candy recovered.
The Cardinals wasted no time cashing in. Burke found Mike Bellamy, who made a one-handed, over-the-shoulder catch that registered a 13-yard play. The drive was capped off by Wright's 26-yard TD run, giving the Cardinals with a 7-0 lead.
On SU's ensuing possession, it had an excellent drive start near midfield because of Daniel Graham's 26-yard kickoff return. One play later, Nassib delivered a strike connecting to Alec Lemon for a 51-yard TD reception, tying things up at 7-7.
The Orange, who came into the game ranked among the nation's best in fewest penalties was hindered by costly mistakes. For example, a 15-yard face mask penalty led to Burke throwing a 29-yard pass to tight end Josh Chichester moving the Cardinals to the three-yard line. Burke's eight-yard TD pass to Andrell Smith helped the ca
The Orange would again tie score late in the second quarter. SU displayed a powerful running attack, with the offensive line creating holes for Antwon Bailey and Carter to navigate through. Nassib connected to Van Chew for a 12-yard completion, and Carter polished off the drive with an eight-yard TD run to even it again, at 14-14.
Just 33 seconds before halftime, SU took its only lead of the game. The Cardinals had a first-and-10 at the 25 when Mikhail Marinovich stripped the ball from Burke and Chandler Jones recovered it. SU eventually came away with a 23-yard Ross Krautman field goal, and led 17-14 at the break.
But on Louisville's opening possession of the second half, it engineered a nine-play drive that ended with a go-ahead score. Wright receiving a toss sweep from Burke and finding the end zone on a 12-yard run.