Nov. 25, 2011
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Series Notes With the win over the South Florida, the Cardinals closed the overall season series to 5-4 and recorded their first win against USF at Raymond James Stadium. Louisville is 1-4 all-time at Raymond James. It also marks U of L's first regular season win in the state of Florida since 1972.
The Cardinals snapped a two-game losing streak to the Bulls with the win on Friday. It's the first win over the Bulls since a 24-20 win at home in 2008.
Team Notes With the victory, the Cardinals won their seventh game for the second consecutive season. It marks the first time since 2005-2006 that Louisville won seven games in consecutive years.
On the offensive line, tackle Ryan Kessling, guard Jake Smith, tackle Alex Kupper started all 12 games. Center Mario Benavides started the 33rd game of his career, which is tops on the team. Safety Hakeem Smith started his 24th straight game at safety.
The Cardinals finished at 5-2 in the league, which is the most wins in the league since the Cardinals went 6-1 in 2006. Louisville also improved its road record to 4-3 on the season. With the win, the Cardinals clinched at least a tie for their first BIG EAST title since 2006.
The Cardinals trailed 17-3 in the second quarter, which marks the first time the Cardinals overcame a 14-point deficit in the second quarter since 2002 when they trailed Southern Mississippi 17-3 and won 20-17 in two overtimes. It is also the first time the Cards have won after trailing at the half under the guidance of coach Charlie Strong.
Special Team Notes K Chris Philpott booted a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 31-yarder in the third to give him 11 this season and 31 for his career, which ranks fifth all-time on the school's all-time list. He is 11-of-16 this season and 31-of-42 for his career.
RB Senorise Perry recorded a career-long 49-yard kickoff return on the last drive of the second quarter, besting his previous high of 29 yards. The return set up a key touchdown for the Cards just before the halftime break.
Offensive Notes The Cardinals opened the game with a 13-play, 64 yard drive that took 6:51 off the clock, which was the longest opening drive of the year. However, the Cardinals missed a 33-yard field goal.
WR DeVante Parker, who didn't catch a pass versus Connecticut, recorded two touchdown receptions for the first time in his career to give him a team-high six touchdown receptions this year. Parker has caught 14 passes for 276 yards.
Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes against USF on Friday to give him 12 this season. It marked the third time this season that he has thrown two or touchdown passes in a game and the first time in his career that he has thrown three in a game. He tossed two against Kentucky in a 24-17 win and two versus Syracuse in a 27-10 victory.
With 241 yards passing yards, Bridgewater broke the school's freshman passing record for yards by a quarterback, breaking Chris Redman's record of 1,773 yards set in 1996. Bridgewater has thrown for 1,855 yards this season.
WR Michaelee Harris has caught a pass in all 12 games this season and continues to lead the Cardinals in receiving with 37 receptions for 455 yards.
South Florida entered the game second in the nation in sacks, but the Cardinals allowed only one sack in the win.
FB Jarel McGriff-Culver recorded a career-long 19-yard reception in the second quarter. He entered the game with two receptions for 11 yards.
For the second time this season, RB Dominique Brown converted a critical fourth-and-one situation. He did it in the closing minutes in a win over West Virginia and converted again for three yards against USF. Brown rushed 21 times for 69 yards to lead the Cardinals this afternoon versus USF.
Defensive Notes LB George Durant and Deiontrez Mount registered their first career sacks. Mount did have a 0.5 sack earlier this year.
The Cardinals registered three sacks to extend their streak to 17 straight games with a sack. Louisville finished the regular season with (33) sacks.
Louisville forced USF into three 3-and-outs in the second half en route to holding the Bulls to only seven points in the final two quarters.
Preston Brown led the Cardinals with seven tackles marking the seventh time this season he has registered at least seven stops.
The Cards held USF to only 64 yards rushing marking the third time this season they have held an opponent under 70 yards on the ground. It also marks the sixth time they have held an opponent below the 100-yard mark on the ground.