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             === Syracuse hands Louisville first loss of season ===
 
 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
 Carrier Dome.
 
 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
 goal.
 
 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
 zone.
 
 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
 touchdown reception.
 
 Bridgewater closed out the scoring with an 8-yard TD pass to DeVante Parker.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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
 third-down attempts.
 
 
 11/10 17:36:13 ET