Syra­cuse rolls to set up show­down

Or­ange visit No. 3 Ir­ish next week

Boston Herald - - SPORTS -

Moe Neal rushed for a ca­reer-best 159 yards and two touch­downs, quar­ter­back Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for an­other, and No. 13 Syra­cuse took ad­van­tage of five Louisville mis­cues to rout the Car­di­nals 54-23 on Fri­day night.

The Or­ange (8-2, 5-2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points off five Louisville (2-8, 0-7 ACC) er­rors, rushed for 292 yards and ac­cu­mu­lated 518 yards of to­tal of­fense. Syra­cuse fin­ished the sea­son un­beaten in six games in the Car­rier Dome for the fourth time since the build­ing opened in 1980.

The Car­di­nals were pe­nal­ized 17 times for 125 yards, and Syra­cuse picked off two Louisville passes. Louisville also lost two fum­bles and their quar­ter­backs, un­der pres­sure most of the game, were sacked five times.

The win sets up a show­down for the Or­ange next Satur­day against No. 3 Notre Dame at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Syra­cuse has scored 50 or more points in five games this sea­son and tal­lied 30 points in the sec­ond quar­ter alone to put the game out of reach with a 37-7 half­time lead.

Jarveon Howard gave the Or­ange a 7-0 lead, scor­ing on a 1-yard run fol­low­ing a 50yard field goal at­tempt by Blan­ton Creque that was blocked by nose tackle Josh Black.

An in­ter­cep­tion by An­dre Cisco, his fifth pick of the sea­son, set up a 2-yard touch­down run by Dungey.

Neal scored from two yards out fol­low­ing an in­ter­cep­tion by linebacker Kielan Whit­ner.

An­dre Szmyt hit field goals of 39 and 35 yards fol­low­ing two more Car­di­nal mis­takes.

The win was the fourth straight for the surg­ing Or­ange while Louisville lost its sev­enth straight. The eight wins tied the most vic­to­ries for Syra­cuse in a reg­u­lar sea­son since 1998.

The lop­sided mar­gin was pay­back for the Or­ange, who were outscored by Louisville 118-38 the last two sea­sons.

Dungey, play­ing in his fi­nal home game, was 14 of 27 for 192 yards and gained 62 yards on the ground. His rush­ing touch­downs gave him 12 for the sea­son.

Louisville’s three quar­ter­backs were a com­bined 14 of 31 for 210 yards.

Th­ese are great times for Or­ange foot­ball. Six wins and a bowl game would have been con­sid­ered a suc­cess­ful sea­son, but Syra­cuse now has loftier goals. Next Satur­day’s matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame is the pro­gram’s big­gest game in years, and the Or­ange’s high-pow­ered of­fense gives them a chance for an upset.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

OUR BALL: Syra­cuse de­fen­sive line­man Al­ton Robinson (94) comes up with a fum­ble dur­ing last night’s 54-23 home win against Louisville.

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