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Louisville-Syracuse Postgame Notes


Oct. 29, 2011

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Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 27, Syracuse 10
Attendance: 44,817
Oct. 29, 2011


  • Game captains were senior safety Mike Evans and senior offensive lineman John Clark.
  • Kickoff temperature was 44 degrees.
  • Syracuse won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Cardinals received to open the game.
  • With the victory, Louisville broke a 5-5 tie in the all-time series with the Orange. The Cards have now defeated Syracuse in six of the last eight meetings, including each of the last three.
  • Louisville improves to 3-1 against SU at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, losing only by a field goal in 2007 (38-35).
  • The 17-point margin was the largest in the series since 2005, when the Cards won 41-17 in Louisville. The last four meetings had been decided by eight points or less.
  • The Cards held a team putting up a combined 86 points over the last two weeks to just 10, the Orange's lowest total in a game since a 16-7 loss to Boston College last season. Louisville has now held four straight opponents to at least 16 points below their season average entering the game. The combined record of the four entering their games with Louisville was 18-5 (.783).

    Opponent scoring, last four games
    Syracuse (Oct. 29): 29.9 season average, 10 points vs. Louisville
    Rutgers (Oct. 21): 30.3 season average, 14 points vs. Louisville
    Cincinnati (Oct. 15): 45.0 season average, 25 points vs. Louisville
    North Carolina (Oct. 8): 31.4 season average, 14 points vs. Louisville

  • The win snapped Syracuse's four-game win streak in BIG EAST road games.
  • Louisville improves to 5-0 under Charlie Strong at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in games where the final margin is nine or more.
  • U of L has now won consecutive BIG EAST games for the first time since defeating USF, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut in consecutive weeks in 2006. Louisville had not won back-to-back BIG EAST home contests since taking down Pittsburgh and Rutgers at the end of the 2007 campaign.
  • Louisville continued its remarkable success in the season's second conference home game, winning that contest for the 11th consecutive year dating back to a 28-25 loss to East Carolina on Oct. 19, 2000.
  • Second conference home game results, since 2001
    W, 27-10 - 10.29.11 vs. Syracuse (BIG EAST)
    W, 26-0 - 10.23.10 vs. Connecticut (BIG EAST)
    W, 10-9 - 11.14.09 vs. Syracuse (BIG EAST)
    W, 24-20 - 10.25.08 vs. USF (BIG EAST)
    W, 24-17 - 10.27.07 vs. Pittsburgh (BIG EAST)
    W, 44-34 - 11.2.06 vs. West Virginia (BIG EAST)
    W, 55-5 - 11.11.05 vs. Rutgers (BIG EAST)
    W, 41-9 - 10.22.04 vs. USF (Conference USA)
    W, 47-28 - 10.17.03 vs. Tulane (Conference USA)
    W, 44-20 - 10.26.02 vs. East Carolina (Conference USA)
    W, 24-14 - 10.16.01 vs. Southern Miss (Conference USA)

  • The Cards now have held each of their last eight opponents to 25 points or fewer, the longest streak for U of L since the 1995-96 teams combined to hold 13 straight foes to 25 points or less.
  • After Saturday's games, Louisville and undefeated and second-ranked Alabama are the only two FBS schools to hold each of their 2011 opponents to 25 points or fewer. Stanford had been on the list entering the week, but was touched up for 48 points by USC in a three-overtime game on Saturday night.
  • If it holds up, Louisville's 2011 scoring defense average of 16.2 would be its lowest since the 1995 team allowed its opponents just 15.0 points per game. Since 1974, only the '90 (12.9) and '95 teams have recorded a better scoring defense than the current bunch.
  • Louisville extended its streak of not allowing 300 passing yards to 22 games on Saturday, the best stretch for the Cards since a 25-game period from Sept. 29, 2001-Sept. 20, 2003. U of L has actually allowed less than 305 passing yards in 33 straight games dating back to the 2008 finale at Rutgers.
  • U of L's 92-yard march on its first possession was its first opening-drive touchdown of the season. Louisville had not registered a touchdown on its first drive of the game since the Rutgers game last season and had not done so at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium since a 51-10 win over Tennessee Tech on Sept. 6, 2008. It was Louisville's longest opening drive in any game since a 93-yard trek to begin the Nov. 1, 2008, game at Syracuse.
  • After holding a 14-0 lead at the end of one period, the Cards are now outscoring their opponents 48-17 in the first quarter this year, including a 27-0 spread over the last four games. Louisville also blanked the Orange in the third stanza, a quarter in which U of L has allowed just 20 points all season.
  • The Cardinals have not scored more points in the first 15 minutes since leading 28-21 after one against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2007.
  • Louisville had a 160-36 yardage advantage after 15 minutes against the Orange.
  • SU finished with just 246 yards of total offense for the afternoon, its lowest total of the season, the fewest for a Cardinal opponent since U of L blanked UConn on Oct. 23 of last year (195 yards for the Huskies), and the lowest mark for Syracuse in the history of the series. The Orange have managed just 255.7 yards per game in the last three meetings between the schools.

  • Louisville held its third straight opponent to under 100 yards rushing (84 for SU), the first time the Cards have accomplished the feat since the first three games of 2008. The 2005 squad was the last to hold four straight foes under 100 yards (Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Connecticut from Nov. 3-Dec. 3).

  • With a 32:22-27:38 time of possession advantage in the game, U of L has now won the TOP battle in four straight games and six of eight on the year.

  • Syracuse managed just a field goal in the first half, the fifth consecutive game in which Louisville has held the opposition to seven points or fewer in the opening 30 minutes. That streak is the longest for U of L since the 2004 team held its first six opponents to a touchdown or less in the first half.
  • After a 42-yard Teddy Bridgewater-to-DeVante Parker six-point connection, seven of Louisville's 12 touchdown passes this season have come from at least 25 yards out, including all four by Parker (more on that later in the notes).


  • With his 10-yard first-down rush during Louisville's second touchdown drive, senior Victor Anderson became the 13th 2,000-yard rusher in Cardinal football history. He finished the game with 93 yards on 11 carries, eventually passing Calvin Prince (1976-77) for 12th on the U of L career rushing list on a 61-yard TD scamper in the fourth. Anderson needs 26 yards to tie Anthony Shelman (1991-94) for 11th on the chart.
  • Career rushing yards, Louisville history
    1. 3,204 - Walter Peacock (1972-75)
    2. 2,903 - Nathan Poole (1975-78)
    3. 2,786 - Lenny Lyles (1954-57)
    4. 2,723 - Howard Stevens (1971-72)
    5. 2,599 - Frank Moreau (1995-99)
    6. 2,542 - Tom Lucia (1947-50)
    7. 2,514 - Michael Bush (2003-06)
    8. 2,363 - Deon Booker (1985-88)
    9. 2,338 - Bilal Powell (2007-10)
    10. 2,159 - Ralph Dawkins (1990-93)
    11. 2,114 - Anthony Shelman (1991-94)
    12. 2,088 - Victor Anderson (2008-Present)
    13. 2,078 - Calvin Prince (1976-77)

  • Anderson's 61-yard run was the longest play from scrimmage for Louisville this season, besting the 58-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Eli Rogers against Cincinnati. Louisville's last play of more than 61 yards came against Rutgers last season (64-yard TD run by Jeremy Wright).
  • The run was the second-longest of Anderson's four-year career, behind only his 88-yard carry for a score against Middle Tennessee in 2008.
  • The scoring play was the longest from scrimmage for Louisville in the fourth quarter since a 66-yard pass from Justin Burke to Trent Guy in a loss to Kentucky on Sept. 19, 2009. No Cardinal has had a longer fourth-quarter TD run since Nov. 26, 2005, when George Stripling went 89 yards with 0:38 left in Louisville's 41-17 win over Syracuse at PJCS.

  • Junior cornerback Adrian Bushell returned the opening kickoff 16 yards, his first career kickoff return.
  • Freshman DeVante Parker's career-long 42-yard touchdown catch on Louisville's opening drive was the fourth of his career, already the most touchdown receptions for a Cardinal frosh since Mario Urrutia tied the Cardinal freshman record with seven in 2005.
  • Touchdown receptions by a freshman, Louisville history
    1. 7 - Mario Urrutia, 2005
    1. 7 - Arnold Jackson, 1997
    3. 5 - Ibn Green, 1996
    3. 5 - Tony Cummings, 1987
    5. 4 - DeVante Parker, 2011
    5. 4 - Gary Barnidge, 2004
    5. 4 - Joshua Tinch, 2002
    5. 4 - Tony Smith, 1974

  • All four of Parker's touchdowns have come from at least 25 yards out, making him the first Cardinal with four TD catches of 25+ yards in a single season since Harry Douglas had four in 2007. The school record is six, set by Arnold Jackson in 1998 and tied by Deion Branch in 2000 and J.R. Russell in 2003.
  • Touchdown receptions of 25+ yards in one season, since 1970
    1. 6 - J.R. Russell, 2003 (40-55-35-38-54-31)
    1. 6 - Deion Branch, 2000 (33-37-26-45-47-29)
    1. 6 - Arnold Jackson, 1998 (65-26-35-25-35-69)
    4. 5 - Mario Urrutia, 2006 (57-56-68-25-42)
    4. 5 - Kevin Cook, 1993 (28-27-32-33-57)
    4. 5 - Larry Hart, 1970 (28-85-70-74-50)
    7. 4 - DeVante Parker, 2011 (39-26-25-42)
    7. 4 - Harry Douglas, 2007 (59-44-35-59)
    7. 4 - Mario Urrutia, 2005 (69-76-73-46)
    7. 4 - J.R. Russell, 2004 (32-32-25-42)
    7. 4 - Ibn Green, 1998 (60-27-48-52)
    7. 4 - Arnold Jackson, 1997 (86-65-47-60)
    7. 4 - Ernest Givins, 1984 (83-30-25-51)
    7. 4 - Mark Clayton, 1982 (77-28-52-27)
    7. 4 - Ken Robinson, 1978 (57-32-34-66)

  • Redshirt freshman Michaelee Harris' 44-yard grab on Louisville's second play from scrimmage was a career-long catch, besting his 37-yard grab in the season opener. He finished with a career-high 96 yards on four catches, moving him into 10th place in Cardinal history for receptions by a freshman and 11th place for receiving yards.
  • Receptions by a freshman, Louisville history
    1. 47 - Ibn Green, 1996
    2. 46 - Arnold Jackson, 1997
    3. 37 - Mario Urrutia, 2005
    4. 34 - John Bell, 1994
    5. 33 - Joshua Tinch, 2002
    6. 30 - Josh Chichester, 2008
    7. 27 - Ronnie Ghent, 2000
    7. 27 - Ralph Dawkins, 1990
    7. 27 - Larry Stricklin, 1985
    10. 26 - Michaelee Harris, 2011

    Receiving yards by a freshman, Louisville history
    1. 797 - Mario Urrutia, 2005
    2. 687 - Arnold Jackson, 1997
    3. 535 - Ibn Green, 1996
    4. 473 - John Bell, 1994
    5. 429 - Joshua Tinch, 2002
    5. 429 - Zek Parker, 1998
    7. 392 - Ronnie Ghent, 2000
    8. 373 - Ralph Dawkins, 1990
    9. 361 - Kevin Miller, 1974
    10. 359 - Tony Cummings, 1987
    11. 356 - Michaelee Harris, 2011

  • Harris' yards-per-catch average of 24.0 was the best for a Louisville receiver in a game (minimum four grabs) since Scott Long had 146 yards on five catches (29.2 average) against Southern Miss on Oct. 10, 2009.

  • Parker and Harris are the first pair of Louisville freshmen with 40-yard catches in the same game since Oct. 25, 1997, when the redshirt freshman duo of wide receiver Arnold Jackson (60-yard TD reception) and running back Dewayne Taylor (42-yard grab) turned the trick in a 36-22 loss to Houston.

  • Freshman Teddy Bridgewater completed his first seven passes of the afternoon, covering 124 yards and including two touchdowns, before a dropped pass ended the streak. He ended the game with a career-best completion percentage of .708 (17-for-24).
  • Senior tight end Josh Chichester recorded his 90th career reception and his 10th career TD when Bridgewater found him for a two-yard score to put Louisville up 14-0. The tight end now has a catch in the last 19 games in which he has played.
  • Freshman Eli Rogers' 30-yard punt return in the fourth quarter was a career long, as well as the longest for a Louisville player this season (tied with Scott Radcliff's 30-yarder against Murray State). Doug Beaumont was the last Cardinal with a longer punt return (74-yard TD against Connecticut in 2010).
  • Sophomore Marcus Smith recorded his fifth sack of the season on Ryan Nassib in the first quarter, all of which have come in the past four games. The last Cardinal with that many sacks in a four-game span was Rodney Gnat, who had 6.5 from Sept. 11-Oct. 9 of last season.
  • Sophomore Preston Brown entered the game with no career sacks, but took part in dropping Nassib twice on the afternoon, finishing with 1.5 sacks. He ended the contest with seven tackles, his fifth straight game with six or more stops.
  • Sophomore tight end Chris White mad his first appearance and start in a Cardinal uniform on Saturday.
  • Freshman safety Calvin Pryor, making his second straight start, notched his third consecutive five-tackle game, finishing with five. He had five tackles combined over the first five contests this season.
  • Senior William Savoy's half-sack in the contest gives him 11.0 for his career. Three more would tie Savoy with Ted Washington (1987-90) for 10th in Cardinal history for career sacks.
  • Senior Dexter Heyman set a new career high by recording 2.5 tackles for loss in the game, including his fifth career sack. He now has 10.0 tackles for loss this season and 14.0 in the last 11 games dating back to 2010.
  • Freshman Deiontrez Mount entered the game with no career tackles, but notched five on the afternoon, including a tackle for loss.
  • Sophomore Hakeem Smith made his 20th straight start in the Cardinal secondary, forcing a fumble and recording a tackle for loss in the game. The forced fumble was the second of his career.

  • Bushell and redshirt freshman Jamaine Brooks each notched their first two career pass breakups in the game. Brooks is the first Cardinal D-lineman to have two breakups even in one season since 2008, when Gnat had five, Maurice Mitchell two, and L.D. Scott two. Gnat was the last with two in one game, knocking down three Memphis passes on Oct. 10, 2008.

  • Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey entered the game having rushed for 100 yards in four straight outings (119.3 yards per game over that span), but had that streak snapped by the Louisville defense. Bailey finished with 70 yards on 15 attempts.
  • SU quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for a season-low 162 yards in the contest on a season-worst 4.5 yards per attempt. All 10 third-down passing plays in the game for the Orange failed to result in a first down. Over the past four games, Louisville is yielding an average of just 174.8 yards through the air, compared to 221.8 over the first four weeks.



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