Syracuse gets shutout by Louisville, 30-0 (full coverage)

You’d think that the Syracuse Orange would look better after having a bye week to prepare for a Louisville Cardinals team that was equally struggling.

Boy, was that far from the case.

The Orange offense looked anemic as the Cardinals won 30-0 under the lights in Louisville on Friday. Syracuse was shut out for the first time since 2016 when the Orange lost to Clemson 54-0.

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The Orange will hit the road for the first time in nearly a month when they travel to Louisville for a Friday-night showdown on ESPN.

In a season where the youngest members of the Syracuse team have been thrust into important roles, the defense showed marked improvement in the Orange’s last outing against Boston College. With a program record five freshmen starting on defense last week, the unit held BC to under 20 points in a 16-13 loss. ‘Cuse will have its hands full again with an explosive Louisville squad on Friday night.

Louisville enters Friday’s game 2-6 overall and on a two-game losing streak, most recently losing 31-17 at Virginia on Saturday. The Cardinals rushed for 317 yards averaging 8.1 yards per attempt in the loss.

The young Orange squad has gotten more experience as the season presses on with 15 different players earning the first start of their career. Quarterback JaCobian Morgan became the first true freshman to start as quarterback for Syracuse since 2015 and completed 19-of-30 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.

Kickoff is slated or 7 p.m. on ESPN Friday night.

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