Prior to the game, four Kentucky natives were honored for receiving the U.S. Military Medal of Honor: U.S. Air Force major Leo Thorsness, U.S. Army private first class Ernest West, U.S. Army sergeant first class Gary L. Littrell, and U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant John McGinty. Thorsness, Littrell and McGinty served in the Vietnam War, and West served in the Korean War.
Senorise Perry recorded his first career carry in the second quarter, a three-yard rush. He finished the game with two rushes for 16 yards.
Louisville moves to 8-3 all-time at home against Marshall, dropping its overall mark in the series to 16-12. Marshall has won the last four games in the series.
The Cards dropped another close ballgame at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, with each U of L's last six losses at PJCS coming by eight points or less (combined margin of 35 points). In the Charlie Strong era, Louisville is 4-0 at home in games decided by 9+ points but 0-6 when the final margin is eight or less.
After a 13-point second quarter, Louisville was blanked in the second half for the second time this season (also against Murray State). Of the 142 points scored in the Cards' games this season, only 43 have come in the second half, including just 17 for U of L (compared to 58 in the opening half).
Louisville, a member of Conference USA from 1996-2004, is 88-78-1 all-time against members of its former league.
Louisville lost in the game immediately following a win over Kentucky for the first time since 1996, when #15 Penn State trumped U of L 24-7 a week after the Cardinals won at UK 38-14. The Cards had won seven straight games the week after a victory over the Wildcats.
The Cardinals allowed their opponent 300 or more yards of total offense (353) for the first time this season and only the third time in the last 11 games dating back to last year. The 2011 squad was attempting to become the first Louisville team since 1972 to hold each of its first four foes under 300 yards.
Consecutive games holding opponents under 300 yards to begin season, since 1972
1. 4 - 1972 (249-208-151-248) 2. 3 - 2011 (291-293-290)
2. 3 - 1996 (185-260-292)
2. 3 - 1981 (283-232-151)
Today's contest marked 18-straight games without allowing 300 passing yards for the Cardinal defense.
The Herd picked up 117 yards on the ground in the game, but needed 45 carries to do so, averaging just 2.6 yards per rush. All four of Louisville's opponents this season have averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per carry. For the season, Cardinal foes are averaging just 85.0 yards per game on the ground and 2.2 yards per rush, numbers ranking 12th and eighth, respectively, in the FBS after Saturday's games.
Louisville, Florida State, and Texas A&M are the only three FBS schools to hold each of their 2011 opponents to fewer than 3.0 yards per carry.
William Savoy blocked a Marshall field goal in the third quarter to preserve Louisville's 13-7 lead. The last time a Cardinal blocked a field goal was Johnny Patrick in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl against Southern Miss last season.
Teddy Bridgewater's nine-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie the game was the first rushing touchdown of his career. He finished the game 20-for-29 passing for 221 yards, with one passing and one rushing touchdown.
On that scoring drive in which Louisville tied Marshall at seven apiece, Bridgewater finished 6-for-7 for 63 yards, hitting a different receiver with every completion.
That march for the Cards covered 93 yards on 15 plays, the longest Louisville scoring drive in terms of yardage since Nov. 22, 2008, when Bilal Powell capped off a nine-play, 97-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter against West Virginia.
Bridgewater is the first Cardinal quarterback in the last 30 years to rush for a TD in his first career start.
Bridgewater finished with two interceptions, the first time a Cardinal signal-caller has thrown two interceptions in one game since Adam Froman was picked off twice by Connecticut on Oct. 17, 2009, a span of 22 games. The 22 straight games without having a player throw multiple picks was the longest streak for Louisville in the last 34 seasons. During the 22 contests, Cardinal passers combined for 33 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.
Consecutive games without a passer throwing multiple interceptions, since 1978 1. 22 - 10.24.09-9.17.11
2. 21 - 9.4.04-11.11.05
Bridgewater still completed 20 of his 29 passes in the game, the highest completion percentage (69.0) for a Louisville quarterback in his first career start since Dave Ragone went 23-for-30 (76.7) for 256 yards and three touchdowns in U of L's overtime win over Kentucky in the 2000 opener.
Jarrett Davis finished the game with career highs in receptions (three) and yards (32).
Running back Victor Anderson had a 41-yard reception that resulted in a touchdown in the second quarter. It is Anderson's longest career reception, besting an 18-yard reception against Connecticut in 2008, and the longest play from scrimmage for Louisville this season. It was his second career receiving touchdown and first since that 18-yard score, which came from Hunter Cantwell six seconds before halftime.
Anderson, who caught two passes in the game, now has multiple catches in all four contests this season, giving him 11 receptions for the season. He is only seven grabs shy of tying his career high (18) for catches in a year, achieved as a freshman in 2008.
Now six of the eight TD passes thrown by Louisville this season have come from 25+ yards out, including each of the last five.
Senior Josh Chichester's 29-yard grab midway through the second quarter was already his fifth reception of 20+ yards this season. He tacked on one more in the game and is averaging 18.1 yards per catch through four contests (217 yards on 12 grabs).
Chichester has now caught a pass in 15 straight games in which he has played.
Senior Anthony Conner's sack on Marshall's opening drive was the first of his career.
Hakeem Smith set a career best with 2.0 tackles for loss in the game. He finished the contest with 10 total tackles (nine solo, one assisted), the second-highest output of his career behind his 13-tackle performance at Syracuse last season.
The Cards entered the game second in the nation in tackles for loss at 9.33 per game and recorded eight against the Thundering Herd, including five in the first quarter. Louisville has registered a total of 22 TFL in the past two games, the highest two-game output for the Cardinal defense since the Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 contests in 2005 (13 against Syracuse, 12 at UConn).
Among those recording tackles for loss was senior Dexter Heyman, who had his hand in a TFL for the eighth straight game, finishing with 0.5 after he teamed with Daniel Brown to stop Tron Martinez for a loss of three on the game's second play. Heyman has 10.0 TFL over the eight games and 13.5 for his career.
Heyman is the first Cardinal with a tackle for loss in eight straight contests since Chris Campa had one in the last 10 games of his career in 2009 (14.0 total).
Sophomore Roy Philon set a new career high with six tackles in the game, including five solo, and added an assisted tackle for loss.
Junior Adrian Bushell recorded six tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against Marshall, giving him 17 tackles over the past two contests.
Freshman DeVante Parker finished with one catch for nine yards in the game, the first time in his career the opposing team managed to keep him out of the end zone. Parker was a TD grab against Marshall away from tying the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (four) and becoming just the second player in Cardinal history to catch a touchdown in the first four games of the season (Harry Douglas is alone in that right, accomplishing the feat in 2007).
Consecutive games with a touchdown reception, Louisville history
1. 4 - Harry Douglas - 8.30.07-9.22.07 (2-1-1-1)
1. 4 - Ronnie Ghent - 11.15.01-9.7.02 (1-1-1-2)
1. 4 - LaVell Boyd - 10.2.99-10.23.99 (1-1-1-4)
1. 4 - Arnold Jackson - 9.11.99-10.2.99 (1-1-1-1)
1. 4 - Kenny Robinson - 10.21.78-11.11.78 (1-1-1-1) 6. 3 - DeVante Parker - 9.1.11-9.17.11 (1-1-1)
6. 3 - Many others
Consecutive games with a touchdown reception to open season, Louisville history
1. 4 - Harry Douglas, 2007 (2-1-1-1) 2. 3 - DeVante Parker, 2011 (1-1-1)
2. 3 - Kevin Cook, 1993 (1-1-1)
Parker did establish a few freshman records with his three-game stretch, however, tying the Cardinal record for consecutive games with a TD reception by a freshman (three) and becoming the first freshman in Louisville history to catch a touchdown in his first three career games.