(6) Louisville 28

(7-0, 2-0 ACC)

Syracuse 13

(3-5, 0-3 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

1 2 3 4 T
#6LOU 0 7 7 1428
SYR 0 6 0 713

Top Performers

Passing: P. Patterson (SYR) - 303 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (LOU) - 16 CAR, 165 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Williams (SYR) - 5 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Louisville looks to avoid dramatic finish at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A week after getting trampled by fourth-ranked West Virginia, Syracuse is ready for a change of pace.

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 sacks.

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.

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.


Passing Leaders

W. Gardner57.51669123
R. Bonnafon50.886454
T. Hunt57.298314
A. Long53.993548

Rushing Leaders

B. Radcliff1447375.112
M. Dyer1104814.45
P. Gulley1286144.81
A. Ameen-Moore623375.41

Receiving Leaders

D. Parker4385519.95
J. Quick3656615.73
J. West4970014.30
S. Ishmael2741515.43