Oct. 15, 2011
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Louisville Postgame NotesLouisville game captains were Ryan Kessling and Greg Scruggs.
With starts from Eli Rogers and B.J. Dubose, nine true freshmen have earned the starting nod this season.
The Cardinals move to 1-6 all-time in BIG EAST openers since joining the league in 2005. In road conference openers, Louisville moves to 0-2. The only other time the Cardinals have played a road opener was in 2005, when they lost at South Florida, 45-14, on Sept. 24.
Louisville is 9-10 in two seasons under head coach Charlie Strong. On the road, the team is 4-4 under Strong.
Louisville moved to 6-2 when leading after the first quarter under Strong.
Today's contest marked 20-straight games without allowing 300 passing yards.
Tight end Nate Nord recorded his first catch of the season in the first quarter, making a 16-yard reception for a first down. He finished the game with two catches for 22 yards.
The Cardinals scored on their opening possession for the first time since last season vs. Rutgers (Nov. 26), when quarterback Justin Burke found running back Bilal Powell from 17 yards out for a score.
Marcus Smith recorded a sack late in the first quarter, dropping Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros for a loss of eight yards and forcing a fumble. Smith finished the game with four tackles.
Dubose recorded his first career sack for a loss of three yards to force a Cincinnati punt midway into the second quarter. Dubose finished the game with six tackles and a pair of sacks.
Cornerback Adrian Bushell partially blocked a Cincinnati punt, giving the Cardinals the ball at their 49-yard line. It was the second time this season a Louisville player has blocked a punt, with Senorise Perry blocking the first one of the season against Kentucky.
Mike Evans jumped a route to make an interception in the second quarter and returned the pick 63 yards for a touchdown. It is the third defensive touchdown under Strong and first of the year. Evans also registered one pass break up and six tackles, including two for loss.
Eli Rogers made a career-long 58-yard reception from Teddy Bridgewater late in the second quarter. The play was the Cardinals' longest gain of the season. Rogers finished the game with a career best seven catches for 106 yards - more yardage than he had gained collectively this season prior to today's game.
The 51-yard field goal by Chris Philpott ties for the fourth-longest boot in school history, behind a 52 yarder from 3 different players. Philpott finished the game with three field goals, the most since he connected on four against Connecticut last season.
Louisville 16, Cincinnati 25
Oct. 15, 2011
All-Time Career Field Goal Leaders
1. Art Carmody - 60
2. Nate Smith - 44
3. Ron Bell - 36
4. David Akers - 34
5. Chris Philpott - 25