LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WSYR-TV) – You could not tell that Syracuse was the team coming off its second bye week in its 30-0 loss to Louisville Friday night.
Freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan made his second career start for the Orange, and as impressive as he looked against Boston College, the same success was not there against the Cardinals.
Morgan went 5-20 for 40 yards, he threw one interception and was sacked three times. Morgan left the game with an undisclosed injury after being sacked with five minutes to go in the game. Redshirt senior Rex Culpepper came into the game in his place.
Freshman Dillon Markiewicz made his SU debut under center as well Friday, but did not attempt a pass.
Louisville outgained Syracuse 413-125 in total yards, running 79 plays to SU’s 41.
The Cardinals redshirt junior Malik Cunningham went 19-28 for 219 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Syracuse freshman running back Sean Tucker ran for 93 yards.
The Orange defense forced three first half turnovers, but they resulted in no points. The Cardinals also forced three turnovers, but they were able to score 10 points off those takeaways.
The Syracuse offense was uninspiring in the first half punting on its first three possessions. The Orange then turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions before turning the ball over on downs on its next possession. Syracuse trailed 20-0 at halftime.
Syracuse is now 1-8 (1-7). The Orange return to the Carrier Dome on November 28 to face NC State in its final home game of the season. The Orange close out the regular season on December 5 against No. 2 Notre Dame.