(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Louisville 28, Syracuse 20
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Jeremy Wright rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Louisville Cardinals to a 28-20 victory over the Syracuse Orange in a Big East Conference bout at the Carrier Dome.
Justin Burke completed 13-of-25 passes in relief of Adam Froman, who did not play because of an injury. Burke did an admirable job for Louisville (5-4, 2-2 BigEast), throwing for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
Delone Carter led Syracuse (6-3, 3-2) with 107 rushing yards and scored once, while Ryan Nassib threw for 155 yards and a touchdown in the loss. That touchdown went to Alec Lemon, who finished with 73 yards on five receptions.
Midway through the opening quarter Wright's 28-yard touchdown run gave Louisville a 7-0 edge.
However, the Orange evened the score less than a minute later when Nassib connected with Lemon for a 51-yard touchdown pass.
The Cardinals regained the lead late in the first frame when Burke connected with Andrell Smith for an eight-yard scoring strike.
Syracuse dominated the second stanza, beginning with an eight-yard touchdown run by Carter.
In the final minute of the first half Ross Krautman nailed a 23-yard field goal, giving the Orange a 17-14 lead at the break.
Louisville opened the second half with a 10-play, 60-yard drive that finished with a 12-yard run by Wright.
Syracuse chipped away at its deficit when Krautman connected on a 42-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
The Cardinals scored seconds into the final frame when Burke found Josh Chichester with a 21-yard scoring strike. The touchdown capped off an impressive 12-play, 90-yard drive.
Louisville's defense did the rest, holding the Orange scoreless in the fourth quarter, en route to the eight-point victory.
11/06 16:51:19 ET