(SU ATHLETICS ) - The Syracuse football team handed No. 11/10 Louisville (9-1, 4-1) its first loss of the season,45-26, in front of a crowd of 40,312 at the Carrier Dome on Senior Day. In his final game at the Carrier Dome, senior quarterback Ryan Nassib threw 15 completions for 246 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the BIG EAST career completions leader. He has 738. Nasib also moved into the second spot on Syracuse's career passing yards record list and is six yards shy of tying Marvin Graves (8,466 yards) for the Orange record. Syracuse improves to 5-5 on the season and 4-2 in the BIG EAST.
Jerome Smith recorded his fourth consecutive game with more than 100-yards rushing. The running back had 18 carries for 144 yards and one touchdown. It was his second game in a row with a touchdown.
Wide receiver Alec Lemon had nine receptions for 176 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game. He is now tied for fifth on the SU record list for most career receiving touchdowns with 16 and is tied for fifth on the record list for consecutive games with a reception (25).
SU had a balanced offensive attack, generating 278 yards rushing and 246 passing yards. The Orange defense held the Cardinals to 48 yards rushing, marking the fourth time this season SU has held an opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground.
The Orange stormed down the field in its first offensive possession of the game, going nine plays and 78 yards. Ross Krautman's 20-yard field goal put SU up 3-0 with 11:50 left in the first quarter. The drive included a 45-yard catch by wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena.
The Cardinals evened the score, 3-3, with 5:45 remaining in the opening quarter on a John Wallace 37-yard field goal. The field goal was a result of a 12 play, 55 yard drive that lasted 6:05.
After Louisville forced SU to punt, Lewellyn Coker recovered a fumble on the play, which gave the offense the ball on the Cardinal's 24-yard line. It was Coker's second consecutive game with a fumble recovery on a punt return.
Syracuse took advantage of the turnover and Prince-Tyson Gulley capped off a five-play, 20 yard drive with an eight yard rushing touchdown. Krautman's PAT gave the Orange a 10-3 advantage with 3:13 left in the first quarter.
Louisville tied the game at 10 with 1:27 left in the quarter, when Bridgewater found Corvin Lamb for a 53-yard touchdown.
Syracuse took the lead for good three minutes into the second quarter when Nassib found Lemon in the end zone with a 13-yard touchdown pass, making it 17-10 Orange. Krautman's kick was good, capping a 13 play, 92-yard drive that lasted 4:30. The drive was the longest scoring drive this season for the SU offense.
Lemon then scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on a 37-yard touchdown catch. Krautman converted the PAT, giving the Orange a 24-10 lead with just more than six minutes left in the first half. The touchdown was a result of six play, 70-yard drive.
Gulley matched Lemon with his second touchdown of the game, going 55 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown with 2:13 left in the second quarter. Krautman's PAT extended SU's lead to 31-10. Louisville cut the lead to 18, 31-13, with a 27-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the first half.
On SU's first offensive possession on in the second half, Nassib led the Orange on a nine play, 74-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 35-yard touchdown run by Smith. Krautman's point after gave the Orange a 25-point lead, 38-13, with 9:47 left in the third quarter.
Louisville countered with a touchdown with 1:49 left in the third quarter. Bridgewater found Eli Rodgers for a 44-yard touchdown pass, making the score 38-19. SU defensive tackle Eric Crume blocked Wallace's extra point.
To open up the fourth quarter, Nassib found Coker in the end zone on a three-yard touchdown pass at 11:14. It was Coker's first career touchdown and after Krautman's kick was good, the Orange took a commanding 45-19 lead. The scoring drive went 11 plays, 56 yards and lasted 5:35.
The Cardinals cut the lead to 19, 45-26, when Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker with an eight-yard touchdown pass. An interception by Dyshawn Davis with 4:32 left in the game gave the Orange the ball on SU's 35-yard line. Syracuse ran out the clock to improve its home record to 4-1 this season.
The last time that Syracuse defeated a ranked team was a 49-23 victory against No. 11/14 West Virginia in 2011.
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- The Syracuse football team hosts No. 11/10 Louisville (9-0, 4-0 BIG EAST) in its regular-season home finale at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Nov. 10 (12 p.m.; WWTI-ABC50). The Orange's (4-5, 3-2 BIG EAST) eighteen seniors (15 student-athletes and three managers) will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies that begin at 11:40 a.m. In addition to Senior Day, the game is the centerpiece of Syracuse University's Orange Central Weekend (Homecoming).
To help pay tribute to servicemen and women for every group ticket purchased for Saturday's game, Syracuse Athletics will donate an equal amount of tickets to local military units as part of its "Salute a Solider" campaign. Since the campaign has been so successful, all military personnel is invited to present their military identification at the Carrier Dome ticket booths located at Gates A, B, C and E to receive two complimentary tickets for the game.
Saturday is also Dome Donations Day. The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area is partnering with SU and CXtec/TERACAI to support local families and victims of Hurricane Sandy with food and money drives. Fans in attendance can bring non-perishable food items or donate cash contributions to put in Red Kettles and Food Barrels that will be set up around the Carrier Dome, on the SU Quad, and at The Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel.
In addition, former walk-on football player Tim Byrne will be recognized during the game. Byrne, who was killed tragically during the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, is the posthumous recipient of the 2012 Zunic Award, presented by the Syracuse Football Club. For more information on the award and Byrne, click here
. Syracuse vs. Louisville
Louisville is tied with Rutgers atop the BIG EAST standing at 4-0. Overall, the Cardinals are 9-0 and off to the best start in program history. Louisville is No. 9 in the BCS and are one of the six remaining unbeatens in major college football. The Orange had its two-game winning streak stopped, 35-24, at Cincinnati on Nov. 3rd.
Louisville leads the all-time series, 6-5, including a 3-2 record in games played at the Carrier Dome. In the most recent meeting between the two, Louisville defeated SU on its home turf, 27-10, in 2011. OrangeNation
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. Saluting the Seniors
The Senior Day ceremony will begin at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday. The class features four seniors who have etched their names on multiple Syracuse record lists, including quarterback Ryan Nassib
, receivers Marcus Sales
and Alec Lemon
and strong safety Shamarko Thomas
, in addition to offensive tackle Lou Alexander
, linebacker Dom Anene
, offensive guard Zack Chibane
, tight end Carl Cutler
, linebacker Siriki Diabate
, defensive tackle Deon Goggins
, free safety James Jarrett
, kicker Ryan Lichtenstein
, defensive end Brandon Sharpe
, tight end David Stevens
and linebacker Dan Vaughan
. Senior managers Josh Evans, Darius Rose and Aaron Rudy will also be honored. Breaking Down the Numbers : Offense Analysis
: The number of plays the SU offense has run so far this season
: The number of pass plays
: The number of running plays
: The number of yards generated by the run game, which includes 11
: The average number of yards per carry
: The number of yards the aerial attack has totaled, which includes 18
: The average number of yards per completion
: The total yards of offense (463.8 yards per game) the Syracuse offense has generated in its nine
games Nassib among National Leaders
Quarterback Ryan Nassib
ranks in the top 15 nationally in the following categories: completions per game (25.1, 12th), passing yards (2,773, 11th), passing yards per game (308.1, 11th) and total offense (318.3 ypg, 11th).
He is the Orange career leader, and ranks second all-time in the BIG EAST in completions (723). He is also second in school history and fifth all-time in the BIG EAST in touchdown passes (62). Against Cincinnati on Nov.3, Nassib raised his season total to 2,773 passing yards eclipsing his own school record set last season (2,685). Overall, Nassib owns three of the top six season passing yardage totals in the Orange anals. Sales Pitch
Orange receiver Marcus Sales
is a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver. He has been Ryan Nassib
's favorite target so far this year. Sales has 50 catches for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. His 50 receptions and seven TDs ranks eighth and tied for ninth, respectively, on SU's season record lists for those categories. Backfield Duo Produces
Running backs Jerome Smith
and Prince-Tyson Gulley
have combined to average 123.* yards per game rushing this season. Smith has 731 yards on 146 carries (5.0 yards per rush). He also has three straight 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 133 yards against UConn on Oct. 19. He followed it up with 127 yards at USF and 116 at Cincinnati. Smith also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season in the Cincinnati loss. Gulley had 383 yards and three TDs on 89 carries on (4.3 yards per rush). Orange Swarm
The Orange defense boosts 17 players with at least 10 tackles so far this season. Safety Shamarko Thomas
leads the way with 66 stops, including a career-best 14 against Cincinnati on Nov. 3. IN addition to Thomas, linebacker Sikiri Diabate (58) and linebacker Dyshawn Davis
(50) have at least 50 stops. Up Next
The Orange heads to Missouri n Saturday, Nov. 17 (7 p.m. ET; ESPNU).