U of L's home winning streak of 20 straight victories at home in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium was broken by the Orange. It was the longest winning streak in school history and had stood as the second longest in the nation (behind USC).
Senior quarterback Brian Brohm threw for 555 yards and 3 TDs on 45-of-65 passing, setting career highs in completions, attempts and yardage. His attempts and completions are both school records (previous highs: 44 completions by Chris Redman vs. East Carolina in 1998; 63 attempts by Redman vs. Southern Miss in 1996). It marked Redman's seventh straight 300-yard passing game and the 15th of his career, which extends his BIG EAST all-time record. Brohm threw for a then career-best 401 yards vs. Middle Tennesse earlier this season. Brohm's 555 passing yards were the second highest in school history, just 37 short of the school record, which is 592 by Chris Redman vs. East Carolina in 1998.
Brohm has thrown for four or more touchdowns on seven occasions, as he did today. He has thrown two or more touchdowns in a game on 14 occasions and has tossed as many as three scores seven times. Brohm has thrown a TD pass in 20 of his 25 career starts, including all four games this season. He has thrown 15 TD passes in the Cards' four games this season.
Wide receiver Harry Douglas produced his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game. His 205 receiving yards on 12 receptions today was the third most in school history. Douglas moved into fourth place all-time in career receiving yards with 2,544 yards. In the last two games, Douglas has amassed 25 catches for 428 yards and 2 TDs. He entered the game ranked fourth nationally in receiving yards and tied for seventh in receptions. He left the game on a medical cart when he went down with an injury late in the fourth quarter.
Douglas and fellow WR Mario Urrutia each extended their consecutive games with a reception to 19 games.
Tight end Scott Kuhn scored from four yards out in the second quarter -- his first TD of the season and the third of his career.
The crowd of 40,922 was the third sellout in as many games for the Cardinals this season and the 16th straight sellout in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
U of L retired the jersey for former running back Howard Stevens (1971-72) at the game. Stevens set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,429 yards in 1971 while scoring 12 touchdowns. He is currently ranked fourth all-time in school history with 2,723 rushing yards and is sixth with 25 career touchdowns. As a senior, he helped the Cardinals to a 9-1 record, Missouri Valley Conference championship and top 20 national ranking (No. 16 UPI, No. 18 AP). He played five seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1973-74) and Baltimore Colts (1975-77).
Flags were set at half-staff in honor of Private First Class Sammie Phillips of Vine Grove, Ky., a Kentucky National Guard Soldier who was killed last Monday, Sept. 10 when his vehicle overturned while conducting a traffic control mission on a highway near Rustamiyah, Iraq. Phillips, 19, was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery. His funeral was today.
The win marked the first against a ranked team since Orange won at No. 17/19 Boston College, 43-17, on Nov. 27, 2004 to clinch a share of the BIG EAST title.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Robinson threw four touchdown passes, including two to junior receiver Taj Smith, to freshman Da'Mon Merkerson and sophomore receiver Mike Williams. The four touchdown passes by Robinson ties a school record. The last quarterback to do it at Syracuse was Troy Nunes against East Carolina in 2001. It's the eighth time that's happened at Syracuse. It's also been accomplished by eight different quarterbacks.
Robinson threw for a career-best 423 yards, completing 17-of-26 passes. His 423 yards are second in school history and just two off the school record set by Marvin Graves against Rutgers in 1992.
Senior defensive end Jameel McClain recorded seven tackles, including two for a loss of yards. He had a sack for a loss of 10 yards. In addition, McClain forced a fumble and had his first career interception.
Taj Smith had a career-best 173-receiving yards on four catches and scored two touchdowns.
Quarterback Andrew Robinson's 79-yard touchdown pass to Taj Smith was the longest completion for the Orange since R.J. Anderson hit Jamel Riddle for an 87-yard touchdown against Rhode Island in 2002. It was a career-long completion for Robinson and a career-long reception for Smith.
Freshman Max Suter returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. Kevin Johnson was the last Syracuse player to return a kickoff for a touchdown (100 yards vs. Miami, 1998).
Freshman Da'Mon Merkerson scored his first career touchdown on a 43-yard pass from Andrew Robinson.
Junior Ben Maljovec recovered two fumbles. The last time a Syracuse player recovered two fumbles in one game was Terrell Lemon against Wyoming in 2006. The first fumble was forced by redshirt freshman Jared Kimmel and the second was forced by senior Jameel McClain.
Tight end Jawad Nesheiwat caught three passes for a career-best 85 yards.
Junior linebacker Jake Flaherty had a career-best 11 tackles.