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Louisville-Temple Postgame Notes

 



Nov. 3, 2012

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Louisville Postgame Notes
No. 10/12 Louisville 45, Temple 17
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

The Cardinals and Owls met for the sixth meeting in series history. Louisville had won the last two meetings heading into Saturday's contest, and evened the series at three games apiece. Temple won the first three games in the series. When playing in Louisville, the Cardinals own a 2-2 mark against the Owls.

With the win:

  • The Cardinals are 9-0 for the first time in school history. Prior to reaching 8-0 this year, the last time the Cardinals reached that mark unscathed was in 2006, when Louisville opened the year at 8-0 before falling to Rutgers. The Cardinals went on to finish 12-1, which included a 24-13 win over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.
  • The Cardinals have been victorious in six-straight home games, the longest home-winning streak under head coach Charlie Strong. It is tied for the previous longest home winning streak came, when Louisville went 6-0 in 2006 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
    • Louisville has won eight of its last nine games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
  • Louisville has registered 14 wins in last 15 regular-season games.
    • The Cardinals have secured wins in six-straight BIG EAST contests.
  • The Cardinals moved to 4-0 in BIG EAST play for the first time since joining the conference.

It is the largest margin of victory against a BIG EAST opponent (28 points) since 2006. The Cardinals' largest margin of victory came against Connecticut (48-17) in 2006.

It is the most points the Cardinals have scored at home since posting 56 against Memphis on Oct. 9, 2010 (56-0 victory).

Louisville's 31 points in the first half is the most points the Cardinals have scored against a BIG EAST opponent since joining in 2005. It's the most points the Cardinals have scored in the first half against a conference opponent since Louisville dropped 42 against Cincinnati (Conference USA) on Nov. 27, 2004.

Louisville's game captains were Nate Nord, Bo Eggers and Will Stein.

Temple won the toss and elected to receive.

Hakeem Smith made the 34th-straight start of his career. Also with a notable number of consecutive starts: Teddy Bridgewater (19), Mario Benavides (19), Alex Kupper (22) and Jake Smith (22).

BJ Butler lined up on both sides of the ball, playing tight end and defensive end.

Today's attendance is 44,609.

Teddy Bridgewater continues to highlight Louisville's offense.

  • Bridgewater surpassed 300 yards passing for the third time this season.
  • Bridgewater has thrown a touchdown pass in eight-straight games.
  • Bridgewater threw a career-high five touchdown passes, the sixth game this season he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game.
    • The five touchdown passes are the second most in a single game in school history.
    • The last time a Louisville quarterback threw five touchdown passes in a game was in 2007, when Brian Brohm tossed five against Middle Tennessee (Sept. 6).
  • Bridgewater has 18 passing touchdowns this season, tied for Ed Rubbert (1984) and Chris Redman (1997) for 10th most in a single season.
  • For his career, Bridgewater has tossed 32 touchdowns, tying him with Browning Nagle (1989-90) for eighth most in a career.
  • Bridgewater finished the game by connecting with a total of nine receivers.

When scoring more than 20 points in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals' record is 22-4.

Jeremy Wright scored his 14th rushing touchdown, as he ran into the end zone from three yards out in the second quarter. He finished the game with 100 yards rushing on 10 attempts.

Ryan Hubbell scored his second touchdown as a Cardinal with a 72-yard touchdown reception from Teddy Bridgewater. He finished the game with two receptions for 92 yards.

Andrell Smith has four catches for 61 yards, with a pair of touchdown receptions. The two touchdown receptions are a career best.

Louisville's offense continues to make quick work on the field, scoring on 10 plays or less 34 times this season. Of those 34 times, 30 of those scores have been touchdowns.

Hakeem Smith recovered the third fumble of his career in the first quarter. He finished the game with six tackles.

Marcus Smith was credited with his fourth career forced fumble in the third quarter. Keith Brown recovered the Chris Coyer, the first of Brown's career.

Marcus Smith posted his third sack of the year in the fourth quarter, a 10-yard loss.

The Cardinals' defense has totaled six turnovers in the last two games.

The Cardinals now have 22 rushing touchdowns this season. The last time Louisville tallied at least 22 scores on the ground was in 2007, when Louisville registered 22 rushing touchdowns.

Year Total Rushing Touchdowns
2012 22
2011 13
2010 17
2009 15
2008 18
2007 22
2006 35
2005 41
2004 47
2003 35
2002 16
2001 19
2000 20

DeVante Parker continues to maintain his reputation as the Cardinals' big-play receiver. Including the Temple game, Parker has 10 catches this season of at least 20 yards. Last year, Parker had five catches of at least 20 yards (one in the following games: Murray State, Florida International, Kentucky, Syracuse and West Virginia).

Opponent No. of Catches at Least 20 Yards
Kentucky 1
FIU 1
Southern Miss 1
Pitt 3
Cincinnati 2
Temple 2

Temple's kickoff return touchdown on the opening play of the game marks the first time an opponent has accomplished such a feat since Louisville records show, dating back to 1978.

Today's game served as Military Appreciation Day.


 

 

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