SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior running back Delone Carter led Syracuse (6-3, 3-2) with 107 rushing yards on 21 carries in a 28-20 loss to Louisville (5-4, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Carter surpassed Floyd Little on the SU career rushing yards list (2,724) with his 10th career 100-yard rushing game.
Carter ranks now ranks fifth in career rushing yards at Syracuse. He also scored his 22nd rushing touchdown to tie Jim Brown for the eighth on that record list.
Junior quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 145 yards on 18-for-29 passing, including a career-long 51 yard touchdown pass. Sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon led the squad in receiving yards with 73 yards on five receptions, including a career-best 51-yard touchdown catch. Defensively, senior linebacker Derrell Smith had a team-best 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also forced a fumble.
After Louisville took the lead on a 28-yard TD run, Syracuse quickly evened the playing field on its ensuing possession. Nassib found Lemon for the 51-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-7. The scoring play was a career-long for both and capped a three-play, 56-yard scoring drive for the Orange.
Louisville reclaimed the lead, 14-7, with a six-play, 59-yard scoring drive with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter as quarterback Justin Burke found Andrell Smith for an eight-yard pass play.
Carter tied the score, 14-14, weaving his way through traffic for an eight-yard touchdown run. The touchdown capped a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive for the Orange which knotted the score with 5:42 remaining in the first half.
The Orange defense frustrated the Cardinals as junior defensive end Mikhail Marinovich recorded a nine-yard sack on Burke. The impact forced Burke to fumble, which junior defensive end Chandler Jones recovered at the Louisville 22-yard line.
Syracuse capitalized on the Louisville miscue as freshman kicker Ross Kratuman converted a 23-yard field goal to give the Orange its first lead of the game, 17-14, with 34 seconds remaining in the first half. The field goal capped a five-play, 17-yard scoring drive for SU.
Wright put the Cardinals back on top with a 12-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half. The score capped a 10-play, 60-yard scoring drive which gave Louisville a 21-17 lead.
Krautman cut the Louisville lead to one, 21-20, with a 42-yard field goal with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter. The field goal completed a 10-play, 42-yard scoring drive for the Orange, which included 10 yards on the ground by Carter and a 13-yard reception by senior tight end Nick Provo.
The Cardinals built their buffer to eight, 28-20, with a 12-play, 90-yard touchdown drive to open the fourth quarter and maintained its lead through the end of regulation.
Syracuse wraps up its regular-season road schedule when it visits Rutgers on Saturday, November 13.