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Second half thread: Syracuse 37, Louisville 7

The Orange messed around for a bit, then hit the gas.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 13 Syracuse Orange didn’t necessarily look too crisp in the early going against the Louisville Cardinals, after Sean Riley fumbled a punt return. But from there, it was all Orange to make it 37-7 come halftime.

Syracuse had a 7-0 advantage after one quarter, then poured it on in the second on the back of four Cardinal turnovers. While UL looked alright early on offense, they’re now on their third-string quarterback and are seemingly hapless on both sides of the ball.

Eric Dungey’s taken a couple big hits, but is still 10-of-19 for 108 yards. He’s also added 55 yards and a score on the ground. Moe Neal leads the way running the ball, however, with 90 yards on six carries (including 67 on one impressive touchdown run). Dontae Strickland has 12 yards, while Jarveon Howard has one — but his own score.

Taj Harris has led the way for the Orange receivers, hauling in six catches for 58 yards. Riley and Ravian Pierce also have two grabs apiece.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Orange defense has helped set a lot if that offensive production up, as you might have guessed by the low yardage totals. Alton Robinson has one sack — his eighth of the year — while Kingsley Johnathan and Chris Slayton have a half-a-sack apiece. Andre Cisco also recorded his fifth interception of the year, and Kielan Whitner hauled one in as well. A blocked field goal in the first quarter, returned by Antwan Cordy, set up SU’s initial score.

Speaking of special teams, Andre Szmyt’s already hit three field goals, making it 26 on the season now with three games to play after this. The FBS record is 31 in a single season.

This one’s almost wrapped up, as you can tell by the ESPN broadcast team already touring dorms for content. But you’ll likely see quite a bit more of the seniors as they tack on some yardage for the home fans one last time. Hopefully Syracuse gets out of this one with no injuries and takes home win No. 8 heading into the Notre Dame game next weekend.