Louisville-Murray State Postgame Notes

 



Sept. 1, 2011

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Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 21, Murray State 9
Attendance: 46,157
Sept. 1, 2011

  • Game captains were Victor Anderson, Dexter Heyman and Scott Radcliff.

  • Kickoff temperature was 95 degrees.

  • The Racers won the coin toss and elected to receive.

  • The Cardinals are 12-6-0 all-time against the Racers. In the last four games Louisville has won, it has outscored Murray State, 196-29. Louisville is 9-4-0 at home versus Murray State.

  • The Cardinals improved to 30-17-1 against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The last time Louisville faced an OVC opponent was in 2010, when the Cardinals beat Eastern Kentucky, 23-13.

  • Louisville improves to 50-56-3 all-time in season openers, having won eight of the past 11. U of L has also won seven of its past nine home openers.

  • Under coach Charlie Strong, the Cardinals improve to 8-6.

  • With 159 yards on the ground Thursday night, U of L has now rushed for 100 yards or more in 13 of its 14 games under Strong.

  • Under Strong, the Cardinals are 5-1 when leading after the first quarter. The Cardinals are 7-3 behind Strong when scoring first.

  • Thursday marked only the fifth time in the past 34 seasons Louisville has found a way to win despite not scoring in the second half. The last occasion came a year ago in the aforementioned win over Eastern Kentucky, when the Cards scored all 23 of their points in the second quarter. All five of the victories have come in Louisville.

    Held scoreless in the second half of a win, since 1978
    9.1.11 - Murray State (21-9)
    9.11.10 - Eastern Kentucky (23-13)
    9.27.03 - Temple (21-12)
    10.4.01 - Colorado State (7-2)
    10.29.94 - Memphis (10-6)

  • 20 Cardinals made their first collegiate appearance in today's game: Teddy Bridgewater, Michaelee Harris, Jamon BrownKamran Joyer, Jamaine Brooks, Stephan Robinson, Nick Heuser, Jake Smith, John Miller, Andrew Johnson, Lorenzo Mauldin, B.J. Dubose, Calvin Pryor, Justin Gilmore, Kamal Hogan, Terell Floyd, George Durant, DeVante Parker, Grant Donovan, and Jarel McGriff-Culver.

  • Seven Cardinals received their first career start: Andrew Johnson (CB), Ryan Kessling (RT), Jake Smith (RG), John Miller (LG), Preston Brown (LB), Hector Hernandez (LT), and Michaelee Harris(WR).

  • The offensive line featured no regular starters from last season, with two of the five starters appearing in their first collegiate game and four making their first career start (only Alex Kupper had previously started a game, and only one at that).

  • Scott Radcliff's touchdown catch in the first quarter was the first of his career. The wide receiver finished the game with three catches for 21 yards.

  • Victor Anderson ran the ball in from two yards out to put Louisville ahead, 14-0. It was his first touchdown since 2009 and his 14th career rushing score, 15th overall (one receiving against Connecticut in 2008).

  • After recording -5 yards on six carries in the last four games of last season, Anderson averaged 6.78 yards per carry (61 yards on nine rushes) in the 2011 opener.

  • Anderson's third-quarter fumble was the first of his career, coming in his 414th career touch (344 rushes, 43 receptions, and 27 kickoff returns). The fumble was one of three the Cards lost on the night, the first time since Nov. 8, 2008, at Pittsburgh Louisville has lost three fumbles in one game.

  • DeVante Parker registered his first career score in the second quarter on a 39-yard pass from fellow Louisville native Will Stein. Parker finished the game with three receptions for 55 yards.

  • With the TD snag, Parker became the first Cardinal freshman to reach the end zone in a season opener since 2006, when Anthony Allen registered a four-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter of a win over Kentucky.

  • Parker is the first Louisville freshman with a touchdown reception in the season's first game since J.R. Russell in 2001 and the first true freshman to accomplish the feat in the last 34 years.

  • Stein, the fifth different opening-day starter at QB for Louisville in five years, tossed two touchdowns for the first time in his career.

  • The Cardinals held Murray State junior signal-caller Casey Brockman, who ranked seventh in the FCS last year in completion percentage (66.6), to just 17-for-34 passing in the game, including an 0-for-8 start. The completion percentage was the worst of his career in a start, while his three interceptions tied a career high.

  • Louisville foes have completed just 62 of their 122 passes (50.8 percent) over the Cards' last four games.

  • Murray State averaged 313.5 yards through the air last season - fourth-most in the FCS - but threw for just 148 on Thursday.

  • Louisville has won three straight games for the first time since Oct. 10-25, 2008 (victories over Memphis, Middle Tennessee, and USF). A triumph against FIU would give the Cards their first four-game winning streak since a six-game stretch from Nov. 18, 2006-Sept. 6, 2007.

  • Chris Philpott's 40-yard run on a fake punt in the first quarter was the longest by a Cardinal punter in the last 34 years (game-by-game records not available prior to 1978). He now holds the two longest runs by a Cardinal punter during that span, also sprinting for 21 yards on a fake during the West Virginia game last season.

  • Philpott's carry was the longest by a non-running back for Louisville since wide receiver Trent Guy ripped off a 53-yard run at West Virginia on Nov. 7, 2009. Philpott also added an eight-yard run on another fake later in the contest and saw all four of his kickoffs land in the end zone.

  • Anthony Conner recorded the first interception of 2011 for the Cardinals in the second quarter. It is his first career interception.

  • Dexter Heyman recorded his first career interception in the third quarter. He also recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, the fifth straight game (dating back to last season) in which he has notched at least one TFL. Of his 8.5 career tackles for loss, 5.5 have come in the past five contests.

  • Louisville picked off three passes in a game for the first time since the 2009 season opener against Indiana State (also three). U of L had intercepted two passes in the previous six games combined.

  • Sophomore Preston Brown notched career highs in total tackles (12), solo tackles (nine), assisted tackles (three), and tackles for loss (2.5).

  • William Savoy recorded the first sack of the year for Louisville, a nine-yard loss. He now has 11.5 career sacks.

  • Senior Greg Scruggs tied a career mark with 2.0 tackles for loss, including his fifth career sack.

  • Senior Mike Evans notched 4+ tackles (finishing with five) for the fourth straight game dating back to 2010. He had 11 tackles in his first eight games last season, but has made 19 in four games since. Evans also recorded his first career interception in the win.

  • The nine points for the Racers marked their lowest total since scoring seven in a loss to Jacksonville State on Oct. 10, 2009, and the lowest opponent total in a Louisville season opener since 2004 (28-0 over Kentucky). Murray State averaged 36.1 points per game last season, fifth in the FCS.

  • Louisville was penalized 10 times for 65 yards, the ninth straight game in which the Cards have had more penalties and penalty yards than the opposition.

  • Largest attendance in a home-opener:
    Louisville vs. Kentucky, 2010 (55,327)
    Louisville vs. Murray State, 2011 (46,157)
    Louisville vs. Kentucky, 2008 (42,696)
    Louisville vs. Kentucky, 2004 (42,681)
    Louisville vs. Kentucky, 2002 (42,660)

 

 

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