Series History Notebook: Louisville & Syracuse

Saturday’s matchup (Noon ET, ABC) will be the 12th meeting all-time between Louisville and Syracuse on the gridiron with the Cardinals holding a 6-5 edge in a series that dates back to 1985. After the Orange won the first three games in the series, UofL has won six of the last eight, including three straight overall. Louisville is 3-2 all-time in Syracuse, including a 28-20 win in the last visit to the Carrier Dome in 2010. The Cardinals are 4-3 all-time against the Orange as members of the BIG EAST Conference.

  • Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is 2-0 against Syracuse and 1-0 in the Carrier Dome.

  • Syracuse last defeated Louisville in 2008, a 28-21 decision at the Carrier Dome.

  • With a win on Saturday, the Cardinals would extend their winning streak against the Orange to four games, which would be the longest winning streak for either program in the history of the series.

  • In 1989, Syracuse defeated the Cardinals 24-13 in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.

Most Recent Louisville-Syracuse Results

  • UofL 27, Syracuse 10 – (10/29/11 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns, Victor Anderson rushed for 93 yards and a score and Louisville’s defense stuffed Syracuse in an emotional 27-10 win. Bridgewater’s scoring passes of 42 yards to DeVante Parker just 2 minutes into the game and 2 yards to Josh Chichester with 2:36 left in the opening quarter gave Louisville’s defense just enough cushion. The Cardinals held the Orange to a season-low 246 total yards and no real scoring threat a week after Syracuse knocked off then-No. 11 West Virginia 49-23. Anderson then iced it with a 61-yard TD run down the left sideline early in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater, a freshman making his fifth start, found former high school teammate Michaelee Harris on a 44-yard pass on Louisville’s second offensive play. Two snaps later he again exposed Syracuse’s secondary, finding Parker wide open down the left side to make it 7-0 just 2:05 in.

  • UofL 28, Syracuse 20 – (11/6/10 – Carrier Dome): Justin Burke completed 13 of 25 passes for 143 yards and Jeremy Wright ran for 98 yards as Louisville defeated Syracuse 28-20 to keep the Orange from becoming eligible for a bowl. Louisville’s win broke its 12-game losing streak in BIG EAST games on the road. The Cardinals played without both their starting quarterback and running back. Quarterback Adam Froman suffered a thigh contusion in Louisville’s 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh, while running back Bilal Powell left that game with swelling on his right knee.

  • UofL 10, Syracuse 9 – (11/14/09 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Adam Froman hit Josh Chichester for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 remaining to lift Louisville to a 10-9 win over Syracuse. The victory snapped a nine-game conference losing streak for the Cardinals, who ended a two-year hex against the Orange with a handful of big plays in the final minutes. Trent Guy’s 44-yard punt return set up the Cardinals in Syracuse territory before Chichester outjumped a Syracuse defender for Louisville’s first touchdown in nine quarters. Cornerback Andrew Robinson picked off Syracuse quarterback Rob Paulus on the ensuing possession to seal it. Delone Carter ran for 129 yards and a score for Syracuse. Syracuse lost despite outgaining Louisville 266-151 and holding the ball for nearly 10 minutes longer.

  • Syracuse 28, UofL 21 – (11/1/08 – Carrier Dome): 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. Syracuse used big scoring plays from receiver Da’Mon Merkerson and freshman tailback Antwon Bailey to win. 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.


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