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Syracuse vs. Louisville: Orange rout Cardinals, 45-26

SU earned an impressive 45-26 upset victory over the No. 11-ranked Cardinal on Saturday.

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The Syracuse football team finally put together a perfect game Saturday and defeated Louisville, 45-26. SB Nation New York's Jared Smith runs through the story lines of the Orange's upset win.

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Syracuse routs No. 11-ranked Louisville, 45-26

SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse Orange racked up more than 500 yards of total offense Saturday en route to an astonishing 45-26 upset victory over the No. 11-ranked Louisville Cardinals in a Big East Conference football game at the Carrier Dome.

Running back Prince-Tyson Gulley rushed 15 times for 100 yards with two touchdowns, while backfield-mate Jerome Smith carried the ball 18 times for 146 yards including a 35-yard touchdown, which helped give SU a 38-13 lead with 9:47 to go in the third quarter, and seemingly put the nail in the Cardinals' coffin.

"I am proud of the seniors in this group," Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said after the Senior Day victory. "To go out with a win, and obviously some of those seniors played extremely well for us -- Ryan Nassib and Alec Lemon had great days."

Nassib, a senior and third-year starter, was 15-for-23 for 246 passing yards and three touchdowns. Nassib commonly found his favorite target, senior wide receiver Lemon, who caught a team-high nine passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

The game ended the first quarter tied at 10, but Syracuse took control scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter to earn a 31-13 halftime lead.

The Orange did not let up in the second half, forcing the Cardinals to punt on the first possession of the second half, then scored nine plays later on Smith's long run.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who came into the contest as the leading candidate for the Big East Player of the Year award, finished 36-for-49 for 426 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

The Cardinals were forced to rely on the arm of Bridgewater as the Orange defense allowed just 46 rushing yards.

The victory helped the Orange snap a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals, who previously lost at SU, 28-21, in 2008. It also handed Louisville its first loss of the season and ended the Cardinals' hopes of contending for a National Championship.

Next week, Syracuse travels to play the Missouri Tigers in a non-conference showdown with a chance to become bowl eligible for just the second time in seven seasons. Louisville has a bye week.

-- Check back to SB Nation New York for more on Syracuse football's win. Make sure to follow @JaredSmithCNY for post-game reaction and analysis.

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SU leads Louisville, 31-13, at halftime

The Syracuse Orange have racked up 339 yards of total offense and scored touchdowns on four of their five offensive drives to earn an astonishing 31-13 halftime lead over the No. 11-ranked Louisville Cardinals in a Big East Conference football game at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse has totaled 154 yards on the ground including a 55-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Prince-Tyson Gulley, who helped give SU a 31-10 lead with 2:13 to play. Gulley, who has 81 rushing yards, also scored the first touchdown of the game, which gave SU an early 10-3 advantage.

Orange senior quarterback Ryan Nassib is 10-for-17 with 185 yards and two touchdowns. The last went to senior wide receiver Alec Lemon, who caught a nicely thrown ball over his left shoulder, then, cut to his right and ran into the end zone for a 37-yard score. An extra point by kicker Ross Krautman gave SU a 24-10 lead with 8:57 to play in the half.

Lemon has been Nassib's main target catching six balls for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first came from 13 yards out and capped a 13-play, 92-drive that helped the Orange take a seven-point lead and break a 10-10 tie.

Louisville scored the first half's final points with a 35-yard field goal by kicker John Wallace.

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SU, Louisville tied, 10-10, after 1st quarter

The Syracuse Orange and Louisville Cardinals both tallied field goals and touchdowns to help a Big East Conference football game reach the conclusion of the first quarter in a 10-10 tie.

Louisville scored the final touchdown of the quarter on a 53-yard screen pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to running back Corvin Lamb, who found a gap and outraced the Orange defenders to the end zone.

The score answered a touchdown drive by Syracuse, which capitalized on a muffed punt by the Cardinals. The Orange recovered the ball at the Louisville 23-yard line, and five players later, scored on a nine-yard touchdown run by junior running back Prince-Tyson Gulley.

Syracuse kicker Ross Krautman tallied the game's first points with a 20-yard field goal, which capped the game's opening drive.

Louisville tied the game at 3-3 with a 37-yard field goal by kicker John Wallace.

The Orange will begin the second quarter with the ball at Louisville's 32-yard line.

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Prediction: SU falls to Lousiville

The Syracuse Orange host the No. 11-ranked Louisville Cardinals Saturday in a Big East Conference football game at the Carrier Dome. The unbeaten Cardinals (9-0, 4-0) enter the contest as 2-point favorites over the the Orange (4-5, 3-2) according to oddsmakers at Bovada.com. The over/under is set at 58 points.

Louisville owns a three-game winning streak over the Orange, who last beat the Cardinals in 2008 at the Carrier Dome. Last season, Louisville defeated Syracuse, 27-10, at home.

The Cardinals are one of six teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision Level that are still unbeaten and are 9-0 for the first time in school history.

Meanwhile, turnovers will be a big key in the game for the Orange, who're 4-0 when they have had fewer, or the same number of turnovers as their opponent and are 0-5 when they have finished with more turnovers than their opponent. Louisville is second in the league in turnover margin (1.00).

Injury report

Syracuse: Short-yardage running back Adonis Ameen-Moore will make his return to the field Saturday. Ameen-Moore, who has three touchdowns on the season, missed the last few games with a lower-body injury.

Also, its expected, defensive tackle Jay Bromley has returned to full health. Last week, Bromley had five tackles and a 1/2 sack.

Overall, the Orange should be 100-percent when taking the field Saturday.

Louisville: No major injuries were reported for the Cardinals.

Prediction

Most of the time when Syracuse faces a duel-threat quarterback, like Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, they fail to produce on defense. Look across the board and the Orange are 2-1 against teams with signal caller that can run and pass -- and the lone victory can in a remarkable second-half comeback against the South Florida Bulls.

Bridgewater is probably the best passer out of the group and that aspect should be a huge asset for the Cardinals, who face a Orange defense that can give up big yards through the air.

Unless the Orange defense can force some turnovers, and the offense takes care of the ball, Syracuse will have a shot. But even if they do that it still going to be an uphill battle.

Final score: Louisville 30, Syracuse 28.

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