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Orange ends Cards' dream of perfection

Ryan Nassib, looking for a receiver during the first quarter, throws three touchdown passes to lead Syracuse past previously unbeaten Louisville 45-26.

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Ryan Nassib, looking for a receiver during the first quarter, throws three touchdown passes to lead Syracuse past previously unbeaten Louisville 45-26.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in his final home game as Syracuse handed No. 11 Louisville its first loss of the season, 45-26 on Saturday.

The senior led an offense that gained 524 yards. He surpassed Donovan McNabb for second in passing yards in school history (behind Marvin Graves), set a Big East record by reaching 738 completions and set a school season record with 3,114 yards of offense.

"We played mistake-free football, just tried to play our game and not do too much and had fun doing it," Nassib said.

Sophomore Teddy Bridgewater was 36-of-49 for 426 yards and three touchdowns for Louisville, which fell into second in the Big East, behind Rutgers, by allowing a season high in points. It can still win the league by beating Connecticut and Rutgers.

"This was the worst game we ever played. They came out and got us," Louisville safety Hakeem Smith said. "There's not a lot of talking (in the locker room) right now. We just have to push on. We're going to bounce back."

The Orange racked up 339 yards of offense in the first half in taking a 31-13 lead. Nassib threw two touchdown passes to Alec Lemon.

"We knew coming in Louisville plays man to man," said Lemon, who caught nine passes for 176 yards. "It came down to who wanted it more. We harped on it a lot: We need to win every play."

No. 24 Rutgers 28, Army 7: The host Scarlet Knights scored three touchdowns over the final nine minutes. Tied at 7, the Black Knights' Chris Boldt shanked a 9-yard punt to the Army 45-yard line. That set up Brandon Coleman's second touchdown catch of the game, a 31-yarder. After a three-and-out, Army sailed a snap over its punter's head, setting up Rutgers at the 1. Savon Huggins ran it in from the 2. Safety Duron Harmon returned a fumble 73 yards in the final minute.

Cincinnati 34, Temple 10: The visiting Bearcats scored on four of their final five first-half possessions. Senior quarterback Brendon Kay made his first career start, replacing ineffective Munchie Legaux. He was 13-for-21 for 244 yards and touchdowns of 75 and 65 yards, and ran seven times for 71 yards.

Orange ends Cards' dream of perfection 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:41pm]
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