SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – After the humiliating losses of the past four seasons against Louisville, the reward was sweet for Syracuse.
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The Orange (8-2, 5-2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points on five Louisville errors (2-8, 0-7 ACC), ran for 292 yards and accumulated 518 yards of the total offense. Syracuse finished the season undefeated in six games at the Carrier Dome for the fourth time since the building opened in 1980.
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The Cardinals had defeated Syracuse four times in a row by a margin of 187-61.
"Louisville is the only team that really hit us in the last three years," Dungey said after celebrating with fans after his last game on the Carrier Dome. & # 39; & # 39; This felt good to us. I really wanted to win a lot, so I'm happy I did it. & # 39;
The Cardinals were penalized 17 times for 125 yards, and Syracuse eliminated two Louisville passes. Louisville also lost two fumbles and their quarterbacks, under pressure for most of the game, were fired five times.
"I can not say enough about the defense," said Syracuse coach Dino Babers. "Four turnovers in the first half and somebody said they had four turnovers in four consecutive possessions, I'm not even sure I was part of something like that in 35 years & # 39; & # 39;
The victory sets up a showdown for Orange next Saturday against No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.
"It's a game that gives us the opportunity to show that we belong, that we may be better than people think," Babers said. & # 39; & # 39; It does not mean we're going to try it. It only means that we have an opportunity. And when you think about where this team was chosen, the last one to die, and now where we are, now you have the opportunity to return to the map. We are on the map, but now we may have a red circle if we can do something & # 39; & # 39 ;.
"It's a great opportunity," added senior receiver Jamal Custis. & # 39; & # 39; They are a good team. Let's play like any other game. We are not going to make it a big problem. Let's prepare ourselves as we prepare for any other team & # 39; & # 39;
Syracuse has scored 50 or more points in five games this season and added 30 points in the second quarter alone to put the game out of reach with a 37-7 lead at halftime.
Jarveon Howard gave Orange a 7-0 lead, scoring in a 1-yard run following a 50-yard 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, established a 2-yard touchdown by Dungey.
"We had a lot of penalties that killed us," said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. & # 39; & # 39; His defensive line has played well all year, they have a great passing career. They caused some of the sanctions, because we were anxious to get out of our position & # 39; & # 39;
Neal scored from two yards after an interception by linebacker Kielan Whitner.
Andre Szmyt hit field goals of 39 and 35 yards after two other Cardinal errors.
The victory was the fourth consecutive for the emerging orange, while Louisville lost its seventh consecutive. The eight wins tied the most wins for Syracuse in a regular season since 1998.
Dungey went 14-for-27 for 192 yards and won 62 yards on the floor. His hurried scores gave him 12 for the season.
The three Louisville quarterbacks were a combined 14-of-31 for 210 yards.
The 18 points of Placekicker Andre Szmyt make him the leading scorer of Syracuse in a single season with 132. Running back Walter Reyes had the highest previous mark with 128 points in 2003.
That is a kick
Szmyt has 27 field goals in the year, tying the ACC single season record.
NOT ONLY A BASKETBALL SCHOOL
Syracuse fans showed that they can also support football. The biggest crowd of the season, 42,797, turned out for Senior Night.
Louisville: The Cardinals return home for their last two games of the year, but the season is lost. The big changes that lie ahead for the Cardinals and the future of coach Bobby Petrino are in doubt.
Syracuse: These are good times for orange football. Six victories and a bowling game would have been considered a successful season, but Syracuse now has higher goals. Saturday's showdown against No. 3, Notre Dame, is the game's biggest game in years, and Orange's powerful offense gives them the opportunity to be upset.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Louisville: The Cardinals receive the state of North Carolina on Saturday. The Wolfpack No. 22 will be ready since his defeat to Wake Forest.
Syracuse: The Orange travel to Yankee Stadium on Saturday to play Notre Dame in a game that will help a lot in determining the postseason fate of Syracuse and Notre Dame.
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