Sept. 21, 2013
Louisville Postgame Notes
No. 6/7 Louisville 72, FIU 0
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Saturday's attendance of 51,586 marks the 10th-largest crowd in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium history. This is the third top-10 home crowd this season.
Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. FIU received to open the game.
Under head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville is 12-3 in the month of September. The Cardinals went 5-0 in the month last year.
Louisville's record against nonconference opponents since the 2002 season moved to 46-18.
When scoring 20 points or more in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals' record is 28-6. When holding opponents to 20 or fewer points, Louisville boasts an 18-3 mark under Strong.
Today's 72-0 victory over FIU marked the third shutout of the Charlie Strong tenure, the first since the 26-0 win over Connecticut in 2010.
The 72-0 victory over FIU is tied for the sixth-largest win in program history, and it ties for the fifth-largest margin of victory since Louisville's 72-0 win over Eastern Kentucky in 1928.
Louisville's defense limited FIU to just 33 yards of offense in the first half, the lowest output in the opening half since Grambling State had -12 yards on Sept. 9, 2000.
Of Louisville's 30 scoring drives this year, Louisville has scored on less than 10 plays on 26 occasions. Only five of those 20 plays have resulted in field goals.
Louisville's 38 first-half points are the most since the Cardinals posted 42 against Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2004.
Louisville had a streak of 21-consecutive stops on third-down conversions until FIU converted its first third down in the third quarter.
Charles Gaines took the second half opening kickoff 93 yards for the touchdown. It's the first kickoff reception for a touchdown since Adrian Bushell went 100 yards against Connecticut in 2011. It's the 11th-longest in school history.
Dominique Brown's 77-yard long run is the longest since Bilal Powell's 85-yard rush in 2010 against Cincinnati. Brown punched in the touchdown a play later from one-yard out. He finished with a game-best 78 rushing yards on three carries.
Gerald Christian finished the game with 29 yards receiving and a nine-yard touchdown catch. It was the second touchdown reception of his Louisville career.
DeVante Parker's three-yard touchdown marks the 10-consecutive game in which Parker has scored. The national record for consecutive games with a touchdown is currently held by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald at 18 straight. It is his 13th touchdown catch in the last 10 games. He had two touchdown receptions in the first half and finished the game with six catches for 74 yards, including a long of 40.
Senorise Perry had seven rushes for 51 yards, including a touchdown run of 26 yards. Of his four touchdown rushes this year, two have come from over 20 yards.
Hakeem Smith earned his 42nd-consecutive start today. He finished with three tackles.
Marcus Smith totaled three tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 25 yards. He now has 11.5 sacks for his career.
It's the third-consecutive game the Cardinals have opened the second half with a score (2 TDs, 1 FG).
Teddy Bridgewater Notes:
John Wallace went 1-for-1 on field goals, making him 6-for-7 on the year. He connected on a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter, making him 20-of-21 from inside 40 yards in his career.
Louisville's 1993 Liberty Bowl champions were honored between the first and second quarters.