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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Louisville pulls out victory

By Brian Bennett

You know it's going to be a thriller whenever Syracuse and Louisville get together.

And so it was, as Adam Froman passed to Josh Chichester for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:24 left to give the Cardinals a 10-9 victory. They broke a two-year losing streak to the Orange and remained alive for bowl eligibility. Syracuse fell to 3-7 and has been eliminated from postseason contention.

It was about as ugly a game as you will ever see, though there were some exciting moments late.

Andrew Robinson intercepted Greg Paulus in the final minute to seal the victory as the Orange had gotten to within about 10 yards of field goal range. Paulus' pass on a slant to Mike Jones was behind his receiver, and Robinson -- a converted receiver playing cornerback -- made a good break on the ball, which bounced off his knee and into his arms.

That won't slow the criticism by Syracuse fans of Paulus, who threw his 14th interception of the season. He completed 13 of 18 passes but for just 104 yards as the Orange were seriously limited at receiver.

It was a botched extra point which cost Syracuse this game after a Delone Carter touchdown run had pulled his team ahead earlier in the fourth quarter. Another tough break for a team that might not win another game this year under Doug Marrone.

Louisville had just 151 total yards but somehow managed to win the game. Athletic director Tom Jurich and coach Steve Kragthorpe avoided having to face some uncomfortable questions because of that winning drive.