SYRACUSE ORANGE at LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 29 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Mike Gleason, John Congemi and Eamon McAnaney
Syracuse Radio Louisville Radio
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship) WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Sirius 85, XM 85
Saturday’s game will be the 11th meeting between Syracuse and Louisville … The series stands tied a 5-5 after Louisville’s 28-20 win at the Carrier Dome last year … The series, which dates to 1985, includes a 24-13 Syracuse win in Tokyo, Japan, in 1989 … Louisville has won two straight, including a 10-9 decision in 2009 in the last matchup at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium … The teams combined for a BIG EAST-record 978 passing yards in 2007, when Louisville’s Brian Brohm threw for 555 yards and Syracuse’s Andrew Robinson threw for 423 in the Orange’s 38-35 win against the Cardinals in 2007.
SYRACUSE (5-2, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
15-16, third season
Syracuse goes for its third straight win following a 49-23 win against then-No. 11/14 West Virginia at the Carrier Dome last Friday … After a stretch of three games that were decided by a combined nine points, the Orange registered their most lopsided win of the season against West Virginia … The Orange have played three overtime games this season and are 2-1 in those contests … Syracuse and Louisiana Tech (two overtime games) are the only schools in the FBS that have played more than one overtime game this season … QB Ryan Nassib is ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in passing (217.6 ypg) … Nassib has completed 148 of 224 passes for 1,523 yards and 15 touchdowns with four interceptions … WR Alec Lemon has team highs of 34 receptions, 351 receiving yards and three touchdown catches … RB Antwon Bailey has registered four consecutive 100-yard games and is fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing (96.9 ypg) … S Phillip Thomas leads the team with 53 tackles and four interceptions … LB Dyshawn Davis has a team-high four sacks.
LOUISVILLE (3-4, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
10-10, second season at Louisville
10-11, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-14 win against Rutgers … The Cardinals are second in the BIG EAST in total defense (302.7 ypg) … Louisville has not scored more than 24 points in a game, while the Cardinals have not allowed more than 25 points this year … QB Teddy Bridgewater has started the last four games … Bridgewater has thrown for 831 yards , five touchdowns and six interceptions … The Cardinals have used three running backs regularly, but have just two rushing touchdowns this season … WR Devante Parker has a team-high three touchdown catches … Louisville’s defense has held opponents to just 100.7 rushing yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry … The Cardinals rank 11th nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 7.9 TFL per game … LB Dexter Heyman has a team-high 51 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble … DE Marcus Smith has a team-high four sacks … S Mike Evans leads the team with two interceptions, while S Hakeem Smith is second in the BIG EAST with eight pass breakups.