U of L won its 14th straight game at home, the longest winning streak in school history and the second longest in the nation (behind USC). U of L is 18-1 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium under head coach Bobby Petrino.
The Cardinal defense limited Miami to 147 yards in the second half (195 in the first half). Miami converted on 3-of-12 third down conversions for the game.
QB Brian Brohm will have surgery Sunday on a ligament in his right thumb and could miss four to six weeks. He left the game with 10:30 remaining in the third quarter with the injury. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, moving him up to 10th in career passing yardage.
QB Hunter Cantwell completed 3-of-4 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in relief of Brohm. Cantwell started the Cardinals' final two games last year (vs. Connecticut, Virginia Tech) when Brown was out with knee surgery.
The Louisville offense gained 389 yards, including 294 though the air. Miami entered the game seventh nationally in total defense (200.5 yards per game), ninth against the run (41.5) and 39th in pass efficiency defense (105.8).
In defeating the Huricanes (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP), Louisville improved to 2-3 against Top 25 ranked opponents under Bobby Petrino.
The Miami team collectively stomped on the Cardinal Bird logo in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium near the end of pregame warmups. The visiting had done a similar thing on four previous occasions: East Carolina, 10/2/04, U of L won 59-7; USF, 10/22/04, 41-9; Cincinnati, 11/27/04, 70-7; Rutgers, 11/11/05, 55-7. With today's 31-7 victory over Miami, that's a collective score of 256-37.
The last time Louisville went scoreless -- as it did in today's game -- in the first quarter was against USF last season (9/24/05).
RB's Kolby Smith (48 yards) and George Stripling (39) combined to rush for 87 yards. Smith rushed for two touchdowns, his fourth game with multiple touchdowns.
The crowd of 42,704 for today's game was the largest in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium history. Louisville's opening game attendance of 42,587 against Kentucky is the seventh largest ever.
The victory was Louisville's first over Miami in 11 meetings. Miami leads the series 9-1-1.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
1. 42,704 vs. Miami (Fla.), 2006
2. 42,692 vs. Pittsburgh, 2005
3. 42,681 vs. Kentucky 2004
4. 42,660 vs. Kentucky, 2002
5. 42,647 vs. Oregon St., 2005
6. 42,643 vs. Kentucky, 1998
7. 42,587 vs. Kentucky, 2006
8. 42,510 vs. Kentucky, 2000
9. 42,032 vs. USF, 2004
10. 41,826 vs. Sou. Miss, 1999