Scores

Final

Syracuse 10

(5-3, 1-2 ACC)

Louisville 27

(4-4, 2-1 American)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 29, 2011

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, LOUISVILLE, KY

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 0 3 0 710
LOU 14 0 0 1327

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bridgewater (LOU) - 198 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: V. Anderson (LOU) - 11 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Harris (LOU) - 4 REC, 96 YDS

Teddy Bridgewater tosses 2 touchdowns, Louisville tops Syracuse

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns, Victor Anderson rushed for 93 yards and a score and Louisville's defense stuffed Syracuse in an emotional 27-10 win on Saturday.

Louisville (4-4, 2-1 Big East) got a visit from Anthony Conner, who broke his neck against Rutgers last week, in the locker room before the game and showed a lot of emotion in a big-play first quarter that helped the Cardinals to consecutive Big East Conference wins for the first time since 2006.

Bridgewater's scoring passes of 42 yards to DeVante Parker just 2 minutes into the game and 2 yards to Josh Chichester with 2:36 left in the opening quarter gave Louisville's defense just enough cushion. The Cardinals held the Orange (5-3, 1-2) to a season-low 246 total yards and no real scoring threat a week after Syracuse knocked off then-No. 11 West Virginia 49-23. Anderson then iced it with a 61-yard TD run down the left sideline early in the fourth quarter.

The loss snapped Syracuse's four-game conference road winning streak.

The Orange, who needs just one more win to become bowl eligible, didn't achieve a first down until their third drive and penetrated Louisville's 35 just twice.

Bridgewater, a freshman making his fifth start, found former high school teammate Michaelee Harris on a 44-yard pass on Louisville's second offensive play. Two snaps later he again exposed Syracuse's secondary, finding Parker wide open down the left side to make it 7-0 just 2:05 in.

Bridgewater had a touchdown pass to Harris wiped away for holding on Louisville's second drive. But he connected with Harris for a 21-yard completion on third down and 16 on the Cardinals' third drive that helped set up Bridgewater's second scoring pass, which the 6-foot-8 Chichester hauled in with a defender hanging off him.

Harris, a redshirt freshman, and Bridgewater, who played together at Miami Northwestern High School, connected on four passes for 96 yards, a career-high for Harris.

Meanwhile, Syracuse just never managed to get rolling against one of the nation's top defenses. The Orange had no consistency and even when the team was able to string together a few positive plays, penalties hurt them. They had eight penalties for 74 yards in the first half alone and finished with 12 for 99.

Ryan Nassib threw for Syracuse's only touchdown with 1:31 left in the game, but even then the Orange needed a roughing the passer penalty to move deep into Cardinals territory.

Conner, who was released from the hospital this week after surgery to stabilize his neck, made a surprise visit to the locker room before the game, then received a standing ovation when he made appearance between the first and second quarters. He rode onto the field in a golf cart and briefly stood and waved to the crowd.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
LOU
1st Downs1415
Total Yards246343
Passing162198
Rushing84145
Penalties12-999-69
3rd Down Conversions3-144-11
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers01
Possession27:3832:22

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib22/361624.510
LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater17/241988.320

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey15704.7029
Graham11818.0018
LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson11938.5161
Brown8273.406

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Chew4317.809
Provo4317.8013
LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris49624.0044
Parker24422.0142

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRLOU
TD12:55DeVante Parker 42 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick) 07
TD02:36Josh Chichester 2 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSYRLOU
FG03:19Ross Krautman 34 Yd 314
FOURTH QUARTERSYRLOU
FG14:55Chris Philpott 44 Yd 317
TD10:32Victor Anderson 61 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick) 324
FG02:53Chris Philpott 32 Yd 327
TD01:31Jarrod West 20 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1027