SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A week after getting trampled by
fourth-ranked West Virginia, Syracuse is ready for a change of
Unfortunately, the pace that No. 6 Louisville (6-0, 1-0 Big
East) brings to the Carrier Dome on Saturday promises to be tough
to keep up with. Especially with junior quarterback Brian Brohm
back in the lineup.
"They're very gifted," Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson said.
"Getting Brohm back is a plus for them. They get a quarterback
with a lot of experience back in there. He looked very good. He
played well. We're going to expect that he's going to be at his
best and we've got to be prepared to defend."
Brohm returned to the lineup last week and led the Cardinals to
a 23-17 win over Cincinnati. In his first start since injuring his
right thumb against Miami in mid-September, Brohm was 20-for-37 for
324 yards and one touchdown on a windy day, the seventh 300-yard
game of his career.
"I was very, very proud of Brian. I think he's as tough as they
come and as competitive as they come," Louisville coach Bobby
Petrino said. "I know he's not happy with his performance because
he missed a couple that looked like they could have been big plays.
But he did a nice job."
At least Brohm can't run like West Virginia's Patrick White, who
shredded the Orange for 247 yards rushing on just 15 carries and
scored four touchdowns. West Virginia finished with 457 yards
rushing, a record for an Orange opponent.
"It won't be so tough like West Virginia," Syracuse cornerback
Terrell Lemon said. "I think we have a better matchup. We'll have
to defend the pass more. They're going to try to air it out, see
what's going to happen, let their receivers make plays."
Syracuse (3-4, 0-2) has lost its last two and has not won in
conference since the final game of the 2004 season, a span of nine
games. Penalties have hampered their progress -- they've had eight
in each of the last two games and most have come against the
offensive line -- and they know it.
"The only way we can totally be out of games is if we pull
ourselves out," freshman tailback Delone Carter said. "As long as
we keep ourselves in the game, we can win."
Syracuse likely will try to make life miserable for Brohm. The
Orange defense ranks third in the country with 26 sacks, though the
unit has only one in the last two games and has allowed too many
big running plays.
Two weeks ago, LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed for 221 yards and
scored on a 70-yard run to lead Pitt to a 10-point victory over
Syracuse, and last week White had scoring runs of 69, 40, 32 and 12
yards in a 41-17 Mountaineer win.
"We've got to learn to key in on the little things. Just a
couple of plays change the whole momentum of the game," said
defensive end Jameel McClain, who leads the Orange with seven
McClain said the team needs to eliminate minor mental mistakes.
"Every team can take advantage of your mistakes," McClain
said. "Louisville is a great team. Of course, they're going to
know how to exploit your mistakes. You can't afford to make them."
And if you're Louisville, you can't afford to look ahead to the
showdown against West Virginia that looms in 13 days.
"If we overlook a game, then that's when it'll ruin a whole
season for us," Cardinals fullback Brock Bolen said.
Notes Syracuse's Perry Patterson is among only nine quarterbacks
in the nation with at least 140 pass attempts and fewer than three
interceptions. Patterson has a career-high nine TD passes and just
two picks. ... Syracuse leads the series 3-2, but Louisville has
won the last two.
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With a win over the Orange, the Cardinals would move to 7-0 for the first time since 1925.