Unthinkable? Syracuse upsets UofL again

Syracuse pulled off a second consecutive upset over Louisville (5-3, 1-2) Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange used a strong rushing attack and solid defense in a 28-21 victory and upsetting any chance the Cards had at a Big East title run.

Curtis Brinkley set a Syracuse single-season record with his fifth consecutive 100-yard game and Syracuse upset Louisville for the second year in a row, defeating the Cardinals 28-21 Saturday night.

Syracuse (2-6, 1-3) used big scoring plays from receiver Da'Mon Merkerson and freshman tailback Antwon Bailey to win just its third Big East Conference game under embattled coach Greg Robinson, now 3-22 overall in four seasons against conference foes.

Merkerson caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Syracuse a 14-7 lead at halftime. Bailey made it 21-7 in the third period when he shook off several tacklers on a 39-yard scoring run, his first collegiate touchdown.

Syracuse finished its scoring with an 8-yard touchdown toss from Cam Dantley to fullback Tony Fiammetta with 5:16 to play.

Brinkley finished with a career-high 166 yards on 33 carries, breaking a record he shared with Joe Morrison and James Mungro.

Louisville (5-3, 1-2) was riding a three-game winning streak and was coming off a 24-20 upset win over then-No. 14 South Florida.

Troy Pascley caught a 37-yard touchdown pass with 3:55 remaining to pull the Cardinals within a touchdown at 28-21.

The Orange was a 37-point underdog last season when it shocked Louisville 38-35 at home, ending the Cardinals' 20-game home winning streak.

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