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Brandon Radcliff scores twice, defense shines, as Louisville beats Syracuse 26-6

  • Syracuse’s Julian Whigham, left, and Marqez Hodge, right, celebrate after sacking Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon in the first quarter of an NCAA college football in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Syracuse’s Julian Whigham, left, and Marqez Hodge, right, celebrate after sacking Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon in the first quarter of an NCAA college football in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville’s Brandon Radcliff celebrates scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Louisville’s Brandon Radcliff celebrates scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville’s Brandon Radcliff (23) runs past Syracuse’s Julian Whigham in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

    Louisville’s Brandon Radcliff (23) runs past Syracuse’s Julian Whigham in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)  (The Associated Press)

Brandon Radcliff ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and Louisville had two interceptions and two safeties in a 28-6 victory over Syracuse on Friday night, the Orange's third straight loss.

The Cardinals (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved to 4-0 against Syracuse under Bobby Petrino. With a grueling schedule ahead, Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) began ACC play with a thud, getting just a pair of field goals from Cole Murphy, one in each half.

Entering the game, the series was tied 6-6, the Orange evening the count two years ago in the Carrier Dome when the teams were Big East members. Syracuse rolled to a 45-26 victory over the Teddy Bridgewater-led Cardinals to snap a three-game losing streak in the series. It was No. 11 Louisville's first loss that season after nine wins and served as motivation for the Cardinals coming into Friday night.