Scores

Final

(9) Louisville 26

(9-1, 4-1 American)

Syracuse 45

(5-5, 4-2 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2012

Carrier Dome, SYRACUSE, NY

1 2 3 4 T
#9LOU 10 3 6 726
SYR 10 21 7 745

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bridgewater (LOU) - 424 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Smith (SYR) - 18 CAR, 144 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Lemon (SYR) - 9 REC, 176 YDS, 2 TD

Syracuse romps to hand No. 9 Louisville first loss of season

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Ryan Nassib gave his hometown fans a memorable going-away present.

The senior quarterback threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in his final home game, and moved into second on the school's career passing list as Syracuse handed Louisville (No. 9 BCS, No. 11 AP) its first loss of the season in a 45-26 victory on Saturday.

Nassib directed an offense that gained 524 total yards. He went 15 of 23 and passed Donovan McNabb to move into second place on the Orange's passing yards list behind Marvin Graves.

He also set a Big East record by pushing his career completions to 738 and established an Orange single-season record for total offense (3,114).

"We played mistake-free football, just tried to play our game and not do too much and had fun doing it," Nassib said. "Having success early on puts the pressure on the opposing team. It gets the momentum going and that's what happened today."

The Orange (5-5, 4-2 Big East) blew the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter and Louisville (9-1, 4-1) allowed more points than it had in any game this season. Syracuse is a win away from bowl eligibility with road games against Missouri and Temple left.

Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards for Syracuse and Prince-Tyson Gulley added 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Teddy Bridgewater completed 36-of-49 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns for Louisville, which fell into second place behind Rutgers in the Big East race.

"This was the worst game we ever played. They came out and got us," Louisville defensive back Hakeem Smith said. "There's not a lot of talking (in the locker room) right now. We just have to push on. We're going to bounce back."

The Cardinals, who are off next Saturday, still play Connecticut and Rutgers.

"They played well today. You have to give them credit for playing so hard," Cardinals linebacker Preston Brown said of the Orange. "It's disappointing having all this (a perfect season) down the drain. But we can still win the Big East."

The Orange racked up 339 yards of total offense in the first half while breezing to a 31-13 lead at half. Smith piled up 72 yards of those yards on the ground, and Nassib completed 10 of 17 for 185 yards and two touchdowns to Alec Lemon.

Gulley broke around the right side for a 55-yard touchdown romp to put the Orange up by 21 with 2:13 left in the half. He also had an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Louisville's John Wallace nailed a 35-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to set the halftime score.

Lemon roamed free through the Cardinals secondary all day, catching nine passes for 176 yards.

"We knew coming in Louisville plays man-to-man. It came down to who wanted it more. We harped on it a lot. We need to win every play," Lemon said.

The Orange were content to trade scores with the Cardinals in the third. Smith rumbled for a 35-yard touchdown to make it 38-13 with 9:47 left in the third, and Louisville responded with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Eli Rogers with 1:49 remaining to pull within 38-19.

In the fourth, Nassib hit Lewellyn Coker for a 3-yard scoring pass with 11:14 remaining, and Bridgewater countered with an 8-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker with 8:53 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
SYR
1st Downs2323
Total Yards472524
Passing424246
Rushing48278
Penalties6-307-55
3rd Down Conversions6-1214-19
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers20
Possession27:0232:58

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater36/494248.731
SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib15/2324610.730

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright10292.9011
Bridgewater5173.408
SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith181448.0135
Gulley15986.5255

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers10979.7144
Parker58316.6136
SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lemon917619.6237
Kobena14545.0045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUSYR
FG11:50Ross Krautman 20 Yd 03
FG05:45John Wallace 37 Yd 33
TD03:13Prince-Tyson Gulley 8 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 310
TD01:27Corvin Lamb 53 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 1010
SECOND QUARTERLOUSYR
TD11:57Alec Lemon 13 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1017
TD06:13Alec Lemon 37 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1024
TD02:13Prince-Tyson Gulley 55 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 1031
FG00:09John Wallace 35 Yd 1331
THIRD QUARTERLOUSYR
TD09:47Jerome Smith 35 Yd Run (Ross Krautman Kick) 1338
TD01:49Eli Rogers 44 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Pat Blocked) 1938
FOURTH QUARTERLOUSYR
TD11:14Lewellyn Coker 3 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1945
TD08:53DeVante Parker 8 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 2645

Research Notes

Louisville has trailed during the second half in 4 games this season, 5 games counting today's. The Cardinals have gone on to win each of those games. Louisville 2nd-Half Deficits This Season Largest Deficit Result at Syracuse TBD TBD vs Cincinnati -10 Won by 3 (OT) vs South Florida -4 Won by 2 at Pittsburgh -4 Won by 10 at Southern Miss -5 Won by 4

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