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Thanks to Ryan and the other seniors for great careers and never losing on Senior Day.
Syracuse was picked by a lot of national media for an upset of #9. It was trendy. I didn't jump on board. After that Cincy fiasco why would I trust that Syracuse could put together an almost perfect performance on the field? But they did. Syracuse never trailed in this one on a nice Homecoming and Veteran's Day Weekend. They beat the Cardinals 45 to 26.
Ryan Nassib (15/23, 246 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) played brilliantly in his final game in the Dome. He, along with the rushing attack, committed no turnovers for Syracuse. Alec Lemon continuted to be the go to target, earning 176 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Jerome Smith finally got a touchdown after rushing for another 100 plus yard game (144). Syracuse simply could not be stopped. They earned 23 first downs, 524 total yards, committed fewer penalties than their last game, and amazingly earned 14-19 on third down conversions and 1-1 on fourth down conversions. It was just a brilliant day.

Syracuse stopped Louisville several times, forcing them to punt or kick a field goal. Most of the time it was forcing them to punt, or the defense wasn't on the field yet. Syracuse did allow 23 first downs and 472 total yards. However, Louisville was only 6-12 on third down conversions and only gained 48 rushing yards. There was much improvement on the run stop, putting it all on the shoulders of Teddy Bridgewater. And while he gained 424 yards, he also committed an INT, was pressured most of the day, and was generally ineffective in finding the end zone for his team. It also helped their leading rusher was injured and out the rest of the game on the first drive, but hey... them's the breaks.
Special Teams

Ross Krautman was perfect with his foot, hitting 1/1 on field goals and 6/6 on extra points. Syracuse also blocked a Louisville extra point and recovered a muffed L'ville punt. They also earned some good kick and punt return yards and covered well when they had to kick or punt. Their best special teams performance of the year.

When you when like this, you earn the credit for it. Syracuse came out attacking on offense and trying to pressure Bridgewater on defense. Syracuse stayed with their up tempo offensive attack and continued putting offensive pressure on Louisville until the middle of the fourth quarter. Louisville never had a chance to get back in this game and that was the right way to play it. Great job all around.
A- (3.75)

It's been 10 years since Syracuse earned a top 10 win. This is the biggest win for Doug Marrone, other than the Pinstripe Bowl win in 2010. It was a pleasure to sit and watch it from start to finish. No super dumb, drive killing mistakes. No turnovers. No nonsense. It was just a complete football win. Every phase, every play, against a superior opponent. We've been waiting for this team to show up this season. Good to see they finally did.
Syracuse next faces Missouri at Missouri. More importantly, with two games left on the schedule they have two chances to get one win and advance to another bowl game. Two games that are definitely winable if they play like they did on Saturday. With basketball season here, and an impressive first win for them, it's still good to see Syracuse still relevant in the bowl picture instead of completely writing off football for the basketball season.

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