Syra­cuse beats Louisville

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By MARK FRANK

Af­ter a se­ries of losses the last four sea­sons, Syra­cuse got their pay­back against Louisville.

SYRA­CUSE, N.Y. (AP) >> Af­ter hu­mil­i­at­ing losses the last four sea­sons to Louisville, pay­back was sweet for Syra­cuse.

Moe Neal rushed for a ca­reerbest 159 yards and two touch­downs, se­nior 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.

“Those guys def­i­nitely put it on us the last cou­ple of years,” said Syra­cuse line­backer Kielan Whit­ner. “It was good to just get out there and kind of avenge what hap­pened to us in the past. He (coach Dino Babers) made sure that we saw what they did to us, and it cut deep for a lot of us.”

The Car­di­nals had de­feated Syra­cuse four straight times by a mar­gin of 187-61.

“Louisville’s the one teamthat’s re­ally smacked us the past three years,” Dungey said af­ter cel­e­brat­ing with fans in the af­ter­math of his fi­nal game in the Car­rier Dome. “This felt good for us. I re­ally wanted to win by a lot so I’m happy we did.”

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.

“I can’t say enough about the de­fense,” Syra­cuse coach Dino Babers said. “Four turnovers in the first half and some­one said they had four turnovers on four straight pos­ses­sions. I’m not even sure I’ve been part of some­thing like that in 35 years.”

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

“It’s a game that gives us an op­por­tu­nity to prove that we be­long, that maybe we’re bet­ter than peo­ple think we are,” Babers said. “It doesn’t mean we’re go­ing to prove it. It just means we have an op­por­tu­nity. And when you think about where this team was picked, dead last, and now where we’re at, now they have an op­por­tu­nity to put us back on the map. We’re on the map, but now maybe we get a red cir­cle if we can do some­thing.”

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity,” added se­nior re­ceiver Ja­mal Custis. “They’re a good team. We’re go­ing to play like ev­ery other game. We’re not go­ing tomake it a real big deal. We’re just go­ing to prepare like we prepare for any other team.”

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.

Jarve on Howard gave the Or­ange a 7-0 lead, scor­ing on a 1-yard run fol­low­ing a 50-yard field goal at­tempt by Blan­ton Creque that­was 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.

“We had way, way too many penal­ties, that killed us,” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. “Their de­fen­sive line has played well all year, they have a great pass rush. They caused some of the penal­ties, be­cause we were antsy to get out of our stance.”

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.

Dungey 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.

RECORD BREAKER:

Place­kicker An­dre Szmyt’s 18 points makes him Syra­cuse’s sin­gle-sea­son scor­ing leader with 132. Run­ning back Wal­ter Reyes had the pre­vi­ous high mark with 128 points in 2003.

THAT’S A KICK:

Szmyt has 27 field goals on the year, ty­ing the ACC sin­gle-sea­son record.

NOT JUST A BAS­KET­BALL SCHOOL:

Syra­cuse fans showed they can sup­port foot­ball, too. The largest crowd of the sea­son — 42,797 — turned out for Se­nior Night.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Louisville: The Car­di­nals head home for their fi­nal two games of the year, but the sea­son is lost. Big changes loom for the Car­di­nals and the fu­ture of coach Bobby Petrino is very much in doubt.

Syra­cuse: 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.

ADRIAN KRAUS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Syra­cuse run­ning back Jarveon Howard (28) crosses the goal line for Syra­cuse touch­down against Louisville dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game in Syra­cuse, N.Y., Fri­day, Nov. 9, 2018.

ADRIAN KRAUS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Louisville wide re­ceiver Chatar­ius Atwell, left, is tack­led by Syra­cuse de­fen­sive back Ant­wan Cordy dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game in Syra­cuse, N.Y., Fri­day, Nov. 9, 2018.

ADRIAN KRAUS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Syra­cuse de­fen­sive line­man Al­ton Robin­son (94) cel­e­brates a de­fen­sive fum­ble re­cov­ery dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Louisville in Syra­cuse, N.Y., Fri­day, Nov. 9, 2018.

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