The Syracuse defense got off to a rough start, allowing Louisville to score a touchdown in the first 1:41 of the game. The Orange turned things around for a stretch, but were ultimately dominated by the Cardinals, falling 41-17 inside Papa John's Cardinals Stadium on Saturday to fall to 3-6 on the season.
After falling behind 7-0, Syracuse rattled off 10 straight points to take a three point lead. They started to drive midway through the second quarter looking to extend their advantage. Then Eric Dungey made a rare freshman mistake. Looking to hit Brisly Estime on an out route, he floated the ball and it hung up long enough for Trumaine Washington to jump in front of Estime and pick it off.
He raced 39-yards to the house, and Louisville never looked back. The momentum that was firmly in Syracuse's grasp never returned, and neither did the Syracuse offense. The defense was shredded for 579 yards of total offense, while Dungey turned it over twice more in the second half. Both lead to Louisville touchdowns.
Projected starting quarterback Lamar Jackson did not go for the Cardinals. Instead, Kyle Bolin got the nod, throwing for over 360 yards and connecting on three touchdowns. The Syracuse defense did force three turnovers, however.
The Cardinals defense was as advertised, holding the Orange to less than 290 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers.
Syracuse next faces top ranked Clemson Tigers on Saturday inside the Carrier Dome.