Holliman, Louisville defense are huge again

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Another interception and big game for Gerod Holliman and a sensational defensive effort by the University of Louisville lifted the Cardinals to a 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night in the Carrier Dome.

University of Louisville safety James Sample plays opposite of Gerod Holliman and has been watching the sophomore make play after play in recent weeks.

Holliman was at it again on Friday night, picking off a pass and also recorded a safety in the Cardinals' defensive-minded 28-6 win over Syracuse.

But Sample and a bunch of others also got into the action.

"We watch a lot of film and go over everything the offense is going to do," Sample said. "We just had to make a play. The first couple of games we started seeing we could play good on defense while we wait for the offense to get it going.

"We're just out there with the game plan to lock them down and have fun."

Holliman recorded his national-leading seventh interception of the season, marking his sixth in the past four games. He also got the initial hit on the first safety of the game, which was credited to B.J. Dubose.

"I think he's paying people," Sample said of Holliman, joking that opponents throw his way. "I'm glad I finally got another one."

U of L has now held its opponents without an offensive touchdown for 15 quarters and have allowed just 19 points in the last three games.

The Cardinals have at least one turnover in all six games, have 12 interceptions on the season and recorded two sacks against the Orange.

"Our defense was fast and physical and did a nice job communicating," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "We're doing what we need to do. The defense is playing well."

Linebacker Keith Kelsey led the team in tackles again with nine, while lineman Sheldon Rankins added five and Terrel Floyd had four. The Cardinals front put pressure on Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt the entire night.

"It was a great effort across the board from the D-line to the linebackers to the secondary," Kelsey said. "Everyone played hard and did everything they were supposed to do. We did our jobs and everything just went well."

The Cardinals held Syracuse to just 255 total yards, including 59 yards rushing. The Orange were 5 of 16 on third-down conversions and had the ball twice in the red-zone - in fact inside the 5-yard-line - and only came away with two field goals.

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