Oct. 9, 2010
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With the 56-0 victory over Memphis, Charlie Strong improves to 3-3 all-time. As the Louisville head coach, he improves to 3-2.
The Cardinals hold the lead in the all-time series against the Tigers, 23-19. Louisville has won the last three decisions against Memphis.
The last time the Cardinals scored 56 points in a game was a 56-5 victory over Rutgers in 2005. They have accomplished the feat five times now: Memphis (56-0 in 2010), Rutgers (56-5 in 2005), Memphis (56-49 in 2004), Kentucky (56-28 in 1999) and North Texas (56-6 in 1972).
The 56-point margin of victory is the largest is the 10th greatest all-time in program history. The last time the Cardinals recorded such a large margin of victory was against Murray State in 2007, earning a 73-10 win.
Louisville finished the game with 574 yards of offense after posting 575 yards against Arkansas State. The last time the Cardinals recorded 500+ yards of offense in back to back games came in 2007 in the first two games of the year. Louisville recorded 655 yards against Murray State (Aug. 30, 2007) and 729 yards against Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 6, 2007).
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong tabbed Greg Tomczyk and Byron Stingily as captains for today's homecoming game against Memphis.
Memphis won the coin toss and elected to receive.
Today's attendance was 48,427. It is the third-largest crowd in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The last time the Cardinals had three crowds that ranked in the Top 15 all-time at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium was in 2006 (West Virginia, Miami and Kentucky).
During the break between the first and second quarters, the Cardinals honored Deion Branch's jersey. He became the 18th former Cardinal to have his jersey recognized.
Freshman wide receiver Senorise Perry and junior fullback Zach Meagher each made their collegiate debuts. Perry becomes the 10th true freshman to see action for the Cardinals this season. Mohamed Kourouma, Hunter Stout, Chris Walker, Nick Egart and Lincoln Carr also made their collegiate debuts.
Junior Greg Scruggs made his 20th-straight start, while Johnny Patrick senior Johnny Patrick made his 19th-straight start, and Cameron Graham made his 15th-consecutive start.
Johnny Patrick picked off his sixth career pass with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter. It is Patrick's second pick this season. Each return this year has been more than 20 yards.
Cameron Graham hauled in his fourth career touchdown, the first play of the drive. The first-quarter score came on a 39-yard pass from Adam Froman, who has thrown for six touchdowns this year, 12 in his career. The catch was the longest of Graham's career.
Adam Froman threw a 48-yard touchdown strike to Josh Chichester, giving the Cardinals the 14-0 lead. The touchdown is the first of the season for Chichester, the fifth of his career; it's Froman's second of the game and seventh of the season.
Josh Bellamy's 44-yard reception early in the second quarter was the longest reception of his Cardinal career. Three plays later, Adam Froman connected on a four-yard pass to Bellamy for the Cards' third score of the game. It is Bellamy's third career score.
Bilal Powell ripped off a 74-yard run late in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 28-0 advantage. It is his second-longest rush of the year. With the run, it becomes his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, and his fifth-straight game he has scored a touchdown. The last Cardinal to put together such a streak was Anthony Allen, who notched rushing touchdowns in six-straight contests from Oct. 6, 2006 to Nov. 18, 2006.
Both Cameron Graham's and Bilal Powell's scores came on the first play of the drive.
Adam Froman found Josh Bellamy for a 28-yard score to give the Cardinals a 35-0 lead in the second quarter. It is the second-straight game Bellamy has hauled in two scores. The drive spanned three plays, 43 yards and 1:05. The touchdown pass is Froman's fourth of the game.
The last time a Cardinal quarterback threw four scores in the first half came in 2002 versus East Carolina at home. Dave Ragone registered two touchdown passes in the first and two in second.
Antwone Canady recorded his first sack of the season with less than three minutes remaining in the first half.
It is the fifth time the Cardinals have scored 35 points in a half. They previously did it against Rutgers (2005), Oregon State (2005), Chattanooga (1999) and East Carolina (1998). Louisville accomplished the feat in the first half against Oregon State and East Carolina and in the second half against Rutgers and Chattanooga.
The Cardinals have racked up their second-straight game with 380 or more yards of offense in the first half.
Adam Froman was 25-of-34 for 448 yards and seven touchdowns in the last two halves (second half of Arkansas State and first half of Memphis).
Powell's 147 first-half rushing yards are the most in a half by a Cardinal back since Anthony Allen ran for 168 on 17 carries in the second half of Louisville's 58-42 win over Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 6, 2007. Allen finished with 35 carries for 275 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
During halftime, it was announced that men's basketball player Kyle Kuric is the 2010 Homecoming King.
Josh Bellamy's catch early in the third quarter pushed him over the 100-yard mark. He finished the game with six catches for 112 yards and two scores.
Bilal Powell's 10-yard rushing touchdown gave the Cardinals a 42-0 lead, his second score of the game. It is Powell's second multi-score game of the season, fourth of his career. He had one in 2008 and one in 2009. Powell, who finished the game with 204 yards, became the ninth player in program history to rush for 200 yards.
1. Anthony Allen vs. MTSU, 2007 275
2. Nathan Poole vs. Wichita State, 1978 269
3. Calvin Prince vs. Drake, 1976 263
4. Howard Stevens vs. Southern Ill., 1971 262
5. Lenny Lyles vs. Toldeo, 1955 247
6. Anthony Shelman vs. Tulsa, 1994 220
7. Walter Peacock vs. NE Louisiana, 1975 206
8. Michael Bush vs. Florida Atlantic, 2005 204
Bilal Powel vs. Memphis, 2010 204
With less than nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, quarterback Justin Burke took his first snap of the season. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, quarterback Will Stein took his first snap of the year.
Quarterback Justin Burke completed his first touchdown pass of the year, with a four-yard toss to Andrell Smith to give the Cardinals a 49-0 lead. The score is also the first of the season and career for Smith.
The most rushing yards any player has racked up at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is 275 by Middle Tennessee State's Anthony Allen, who rushed for 275 yards in 2007.
Darius Ashley, who finished the game with a team-high seven tackles, recorded his second sack of the day and career with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Kai Dominguez recorded his first career catch midway through the fourth quarter, a four-yard reception from Justin Burke.
Redshirt freshman Jeremy Wright scampered 28 yards for his first career touchdown, giving the Cardinals the 56-0 lead.