Nov. 5, 2011
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Louisville Post-Game Notes
Louisville 38, West Virginia 35
Morgantown, W.Va. | Nov. 5, 2011
Louisville game captains were senior kicker Chris Philpott and senior linebacker Dexter Heyman.
With the win, Louisville improves to 2-7 all-time in Morgantown against WVU and earns their first victory at Mountaineer Field since a 9-7 win in 1990.
The win halted the Cardinals' four-game losing skid to WVU and was their first victory over the Mountaineers since the 44-34 win at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 2006.
Louisville has won three straight BIG EAST Conference games for the first time since a pair of three-game winning streaks in league play during the BIG EAST championship season of 2006. The Cards' longest BIG EAST winning streak ever came in 2005 when they won five straight.
The 55-yard run on 3rd-and-2 on the Cardinals' opening drive of the game was the longest career rush for sophomore running back Dominique Brown. His previous longest rush was 23 yards at Kentucky on Sept. 17.
With the five-play, 73-yard touchdown drive on their first drive of the game against WVU, the Cardinals have scored touchdowns on their opening drive in each of the last two weeks. U of L's 92-yard march on its first possession against Syracuse last week was its first opening drive touchdown of the season.
The seven-yard reception in the first quarter was the first career catch for sophomore tight end Chris White.
The 13-yard scoring run in the first quarter was the first career touchdown for sophomore running back Senorise Perry.
With its two touchdowns in the opening quarter at WVU, Louisville has scored 14 points in the first quarter in each of its last two games. It marks the first time the Cardinals have scored at least 14 points in the first quarter in back-to-back games since 2007 (28 vs. Murray State and 28 vs. Middle Tennessee).
The four-yard touchdown reception in the final 10 seconds of the first half was the first career touchdown for freshman wide receiver Eli Rogers.
The 21 points scored by Louisville in the first two quarters are the most for them in the first half of a road game this season and the most since scoring 28 in the first half at Rutgers on Nov. 26, 2010, in the regular-season finale.
With a 14-7 advantage on Saturday, Louisville has outscored its opponents 62-24 in the first quarter this season, including 41-7 over the last five games.
Freshman Teddy Bridgewater completed his first 10 passes of the afternoon, covering 136 yards, before throwing an incompletion into the seats to avoid a loss of yardage. He finished the first half 12-for-13 with 149 yards passing and one touchdown, which came with eight seconds left in the half to even the score at 21-21.
Overall, Bridgewater finished the game with a career best 246 yards through the air on 21-for-27 passing and one touchdown.
The Louisville defense held West Virginia without a point in the third quarter, marking the first time this season the Mountaineers have not scored in that quarter. WVU was outscoring opponents 103-37 in the third quarter this season entering Saturday's game.
Andrew Johnson's 82-yard touchdown return on Adrian Bushell's blocked field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter was the Cards' first blocked field goal for a touchdown since 2008 when Brandon Heath had a 60-yard blocked kick return for a score against Memphis.
The touchdown on the blocked field goal was the fourth special teams touchdown for Louisville under the guidance of second-year head coach Charlie Strong.
The 38 points for Louisville are the most since its 40-13 win at Rutgers last season.
Sophomore safety Hakeem Smith led the Cardinals as he matched a season-high with 10 tackles. He also added a forced fumble in the win.
Senior cornerback Mike Evans had a career best nine tackles, surpassing his previous high of seven against Florida International earlier this season.
Freshman safety Calvin Pryor finished with a career best six tackles, one better than his previous best total of five accomplished three times this season.
The Cardinals won despite being outgained in total offense 533-351. It is the second time this season WVU has gained more than 500 total yards of offense and lost, with the other coming in a 47-21 loss to top-ranked LSU.
It is just the third loss since 2000 for WVU when scoring 30 or more points. They dropped to 73-3 overall since 2000 when scoring 30 or more.