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Louisville Defeats Syracuse, 27-10; UK, IU Fall

Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes and Victor Anderson ran for 93 yards as the University of Louisville defeated Syracuse 27-10 today at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The Cards evened their overall record to 4-4, and improved to 2-1 in Big East Conference play. It marked the first time U of L has recorded back-to-back conference victories in five years.

The game also included an appearance by injured cornerback Anthony Conner in the first half, who rode into the stadium on a golf cart. Conner broke his neck a week ago against Rutgers and has begun walking again.

The Cards visit West Virginia next Saturday.

The Kentucky Wildcats dropped to 3-5 on the season with a 28-16 loss to Mississippi State. UK hosts Ole Miss next week.

The Indiana Hoosiers recorded thier sixth straight loss, falling to Northwestern 59-31 in Bloomington.

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U of L’s Conner Recovering From Broken Neck

Doctors at Jewish Hospital say injured U of L football player Anthony Conner could be released as early as this week.

Conner suffered a broken neck during Friday’s win over Rutgers.

A senior cornerback from Houston, Conner missed last season with a knee injury; he had worked his way into a starting job this year.

But Conner’s playing career came to an end in the second quarter Friday night when he went low to make a tackle. The hit upended a Rutgers receiver, but Conner struck his head on the player’s knee.

“When he made the hit….and his hands tightened up, I said over the headset to Vance, our defensive coordinator, I said ‘Oh God, Vance, this doesn’t look good.’ And you could hear the thump, it was like, bam, you heard the thump. And right then I said this doesn’t look good. When we ran out on the field, he was still out,” U of L coach Charlie Strong said today.

Strong says Conner did not suffer any paralysis. He underwent a surgical procedure this morning but could be cleared to go home in a couple of days.

U of L will be back in action at home Saturday against Syracuse.