Saturday, September 22, 2007

Fear the Orange

Even though Louisville was playing an early season Big East game against Syracuse, it felt like a non-conference cupcake game. Louisville was roughly a 5 TD favorite. Syracuse was winless. But as Chris Berman likes to say, “That’s why they play the games.”

65 passes attempted by Louisville QB Brian Brohm, a career high
45 passes completed by Brohm
555 yards passing for Brohm
3 pts - winning margin for Syracuse
20 games – Home winning streak ended for Louisville

Syracuse finally won, but it still wasn’t easy. After a long reception gave them a first down at the 10 yard line with under 2 minutes to play, we send it up to the booth,

“All Syracuse needs to do now is hold on to the ballllll it’s a fumble! Louisville recovers!”

Yep, Syracuse tried its best to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. They fumbled and allowed a TD in the final minute. But Louisville had the final mistake. They booted the onside kick only 5 yards, which gave possession to Syracuse, and the game was over.

Louisville remains a must-watch team, win or lose. When your defense is that bad, and your offense is that good, you are going to have some entertaining games.

Other News
What is Oklahoma doing playing on Friday? They are the 4th ranked team in the country?!!

This is what I like to call, “Shouldn’t be ranked weekend.” A lot of teams will make it out of this week undefeated and even if they’ve beaten no one, they will sneak into the polls. Indiana had a chance to do just that. An Indiana win over Illinois and a 4-0 start may have garnered Indiana enough votes to crack the polls. As it turned out, that was not meant to be. Indiana fell at home to Illinois, improving Ron Zook’s record at Illinois to 7-20.