A week after making school history with its ninth consecutive win in a perfect start to the year, Louisville fell to Syracuse 45-26 as the Cardinals gave up more points than in any game this season. The Orange got back to .500 with the win, improving to 5-5.
“We just got outplayed today,” Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said following the game.
It was tied at 10-10 after the first quarter. Then the Orange took control by scoring three touchdowns in the second on their way to knocking Louisville from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in his final home game.
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made a lot of great throws,” Syracuse receiver Alec Lemon said. “He gave me opportunities to make plays afterwards and I’m blessed that we got the win and had a game like this on my senior day.”
The Cardinals only managed to answer with two more touchdowns and a field goal as they were held to their second-lowest point total of the season (26).
“They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared for,” Bridgewater said. “But they played some loaded coverages and bracketed our playmakers, but we were still able to make plays.”
Saturday’s win for the Orange was the second time in two seasons they knocked off a top-25 team. Last year Syracuse defeated then-No. 17 West Virginia 49-23. Lemon says his team has had a habit of rising to the occasion when taking on high-ranking opponents.
“I would say we focus in a lot better and it’s a big-time team coming in and we know what we can do and we really have to be on our Ps and Qs,” Lemon said. “No turnovers, no penalties and you know just click on every cylinder.”
Louisville is currently 4-1 in conference play and remains behind Rutgers in the Big East standings. Despite the loss, Bridgewater knows his team is in the mix for the conference title.
“We just have to continue to fight,” Bridgewater said. “You know its one loss. It isn’t an end to our season but we control our own destiny still. Oh yeah, we still have a lot riding on the season.”
Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East)
• The Bearcats handled Temple, taking a 24-3 lead into half time and never looking back eventually winning 34-10. For the second consecutive game, Bearcat running back George Winn scored multiple touchdowns, rushing for a pair to go with 83 yards.
• UC quarterback Brendon Kay made the most of his first career start, passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns to outduel his Temple counterparts, Chris Coyer and Clinton Granger, who replaced Coyer in the second half.
Next Game: vs. Rutgers Nov. 17
Connecticut (3-6, 0-4 Big East)
• The Huskies opened the game with 24 consecutive points and held off a late Panther rally to get their first conference win.
• Running back Lyle finally broke out of his funk to rush for a season-high 120 yards and a touchdown.
Next Game: vs. Louisville Nov. 24
No. 20 Louisville (9-1, 4-1 Big East)
• In addition to a season-altering loss, Louisville lost leading rusher Senorise Perry for the game. Perry led the team with 703 yards and 11 touchdowns. While Bridgewater had an impressive game with 424 yards and three touchdowns, the offense struggled without Perry as the ground that had been averaging 145.6 yards per game only managed 48 yards on Saturday.
Next Game: vs. Connecticut Nov. 24
Pittsburgh (4-6, 1-4 Big East)
• After being shut out in the first half against UConn, Pitt went on a 17-point scoring run. Quarterback Tino Sunseri tossed two second-half touchdowns and finished with 302 yards, but a late first down by the Huskies halted hopes of a comeback.
• Workhorse running back Ray Graham was held to only 41 rushing yards. Pitt’s second consecutive loss comes on the heels of assault charges a week before against Graham, receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts for allegedly attacking a student.
Next Game: vs. Rutgers Nov. 24
No. 22 Rutgers (8-1, 4-0 Big East)
• In their first game since suffering their only loss of the season, the Scarlet Knights struggled early. The offense only went 2 for 9 on third downs and scored just seven points in the first three quarters. Receiver Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter and two scores later, Rutgers had the win.
• The Scarlet Knight defense returned to form, forcing three fumbles, one of which was returned 73 yards by Duron Harmon for a touchdown.
Next Game: vs. Cincinnati Nov. 17
South Florida (3-6, 1-4 Big East)
• As the Bulls prepare for Miami (Fla.), the battle to see who will replace injured quarterback B.J. Daniels continues. Junior Bobby Eveld has been split snaps last week with freshman Matt Floyd.
“Both had some really good plays, I mean, had some really good days,” head coach Skip Holtz of his quarterbacks said. “I think this football team would have confidence in either one and I think that since we talked about we can’t ask one of these two quarterbacks to step in and carry all the weight of B.J. Daniels.”
• Eveld has two career starts with Bulls but it was Floyd who replaced Daniels during their last game.
Next Game: vs. Miami (Fla.) Nov. 17
Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East)
• Senior Day at the Carrier Dome was a memorable day as the upperclassmen left the Orange faithful with a win and are closing in on a bowl appearance. Syracuse is a win away from bowl eligibility with road games against Missouri and Temple left.
• Lemon had his best game of the season, totaling nine catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
“My mindset is that I’m just gonna win every rout and hopefully Ryan sees me open and gives me the ball,” Lemon said.
Next Game: vs. Missouri Nov. 17
Temple (3-6, 2-4 Big East)
• Coyer was benched for second consecutive game as the Owls lost their fourth game in a row. Granger lead the Owls to their only touchdown of the game, but was unspectacular otherwise.
• In their last four games, the Owls have been outscored 161-54 and have not had a quarterback throw for more than 178 yards all season.
Next Game: vs. Army Nov. 17
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