What a difference a year (and a player) makes.
When these two teams met last season, Lamar Jackson accounted for 381 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-10 victory for a Cardinals team rolling towards a bowl game.
Fast forward a year, and it was the Orange (8-2) beating a Jackson-less Louisville (2-8) 54-23, SU's fourth straight victory en route to a bowl appearance of their own.
Eric Dungey did his best Lamar Jackson impression on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. The senior QB exited late in the fourth quarter to a round of applause from the remaining fans in his last game at the Carrier Dome.
Up and down the offense, the Orange put up numbers. Moe Neal averaged just short of 20 yards per carry with 159 yards and two touchdowns on only eight attempts. Jarveon Howard added another rushing touchdown along with 71 yards on 15 carries. Nykeim Johnson, Sean Riley, and Taj Harris each eclipsed over 50 yards receiving, with Johnson hauling in Eric Dungey's only touchdown pass.
The Cardinals cycled through three different quarterbacks without Jackson, who was taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Defensive linemen Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson led a unit that piled up six sacks.
Andre Szmyt continued his fantastic kicking season, outscoring Louisville by himself with four field goals and six PATs for a total of 18 points. With 132 points on the season, Szmyt breaks the Syracuse record for most in a single season, besting the 128 set by Walter Reyes in 2003. His 27 field goals so far this year ties the single season ACC record.
The Cardinals racked up 18 penalties for 125 yards and turned the ball over four times. Louisville has been outscored 187-74 in its last three games.
The Orange was fueled by a 30 point second quarter. Tonight's victory solidifies an undefeated home record.
Next up for the Orange is a matchup with third ranked Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Tune in to 88.3 FM for pregame coverage with "Countdown to Kickoff" starting at 2:15, followed by the 2:30 start.