Dec. 28, 2011
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Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 24, NC State 31
Dec. 27, 2011
- Tonight marked Louisville's second consecutive bowl appearance.
- With tonight's loss, Louisville dropped to 7-8-1 all-time in bowl games
- The Wolfpack snapped the Cardinals' bowl win streak at two. Previously, Louisville won the 2010 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl and the 2007 Orange Bowl.
- Charlie Strong fell to 14-12 overall at Louisville and 1-1 in bowl games. Strong fell to 1-2 overall in bowl games (Peach Bowl as interim head coach at Florida in 2004).
- Tonight also marked the final game for the 17 seniors on this year's squad. The graduating class finished with a 23-27 record overall and a 1-1 record in bowl games.
- Louisville will return 16 of the 22 starters from tonight's Belk Bowl for the 2012 season.
- Louisville game captains were senior running back Victor Anderson and senior linebacker Dexter Heyman. It marked Heyman's sixth time and Anderson's fifth time as captains this season.
- The Cardinals lost the coin toss for the fifth time in their last six games. Louisville suffered their first loss when losing the coin toss in that stretch after beating Syracuse, West Virginia, Connecticut and USF.
- The three turnovers the Cardinals forced tied for the most in Belk Bowl history (Note: The Belk Bowl was formerly the Continental Tire Bowl from 2002-04 and the Meineke Car Care Bowl from 2005-10).
- Louisville fell to 3-1 overall against NC State and to 18-37-1 all-time against current members of the ACC.
- The Cardinals fell to 0-2 this season against the ACC and fell to 1-2 against the ACC in bowl games.
- Senior offensive tackle Ryan Kessling, junior offensive tackle Alex Kupper, and red-shirt freshman offensive guard Jake Smith started their 13th consecutive games.
- Freshman Teddy Bridgewater attempted a Belk Bowl record 43 passes and tied for third in Belk Bowl history with 24 completions.
- Bridgewater set a career-high with 274 yards passing.
- Bridgewater finished the season 191-for-296 for 2,129 yards and 14 touchdowns.
- Anderson finished as Louisville's leading rusher this season with 114 carries for 539 yards and three touchdowns.
- Eli Rogers finished tops on the team with 41 receptions and 454 yards receiving. Michaelee Harris, who missed the bowl game due to injury, led the team with 455 yards receiving while DeVante Parker was tops with six receiving touchdowns.
- Louisville's offense opened up the evening on its own 41-yard line, the best opening drive starting field position for the offense this season.
- Dominique Brown's 32-yd rush on the opening drive tied for the fifth-longest rush of the season and was Brown's second-longest rush. It was only the 12th rushing play of over 20 yards for Louisville this season.
- Bridgewater's opening drive interception marked the fourth opening drive turnover by the offense this season.
- Senior Josh Bellamy recorded a 53-yd reception, the longest of his career, in the first quarter. It marked Louisville's second longest passing play and third longest offensive play of the season. It was also the second longest non-scoring receiving play in Belk Bowl history.
- Bridgewater notched an 8-yd touchdown run late in the first quarter to give him four rushing touchdowns for the season, the most by a quarterback since Brian Brohm punched it in four times in 2005.
- Bellamy set a season-high with 99 receiving yards, the most receiving yards by a Cardinal in a bowl game since Harry Douglas had 165 against Wake Forest in the 2007 Orange Bowl.
- Freshman Eli Rogers had seven receptions to give him 41 for the season, moving him into third place for most receptions by a freshman in school history.
- Rogers also had 53 yards receiving, giving him 453 for the season and putting him in sixth place for receiving yards by a freshman.
- Anderson closed out his collegiate career with 62 yards on 15 carries giving him 2,348 yards for his career, good for ninth in school history. Anderson plowed through the right side for five yards early in the fourth quarter to pass Powell for ninth place.
- Junior Nate Nord scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter when he hauled in a 3-yd reception from Bridgewater. Nord became the 10th receiver to catch a touchdown pass this season.
- Heyman started his 15th straight game while sophomore safety Hakeem Smith made his 24th consecutive start.
- Heyman finished as the team's leading tackler with 90 total tackles and 16 tackles for loss.
- Sophomore defensive end Marcus Smith forced his second fumble in the first quarter.
- Heyman was in on a sack in the first quarter giving him 16 tackles for loss this season, moving him into a tie for eighth for most tackles for loss in a single season.
- Freshman Calvin Pryor picked off his second career pass in the second quarter and has forced four turnovers this season with the other two coming on forced fumbles.
Pryor Forced Turnovers
1. Interception vs. Rutgers, Oct. 21, 2011
2. Forced Fumble at West Virginia, Nov. 5, 2011
3. Forced Fumble at USF, Nov. 25, 2011
4. Interception vs. NC State, Dec. 27, 2011
- Senior Terence Simien recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter giving Louisville its third forced turnover of the night. It marked the fourth time this season Louisville has forced three turnovers in a game.
- B.J. Dubose and Jamaine Brooks combined to stuff NC State running back James Washington on fourth down to give the Cardinals the ball back with 1:50 remaining.
- Sophomore Senorise Perry recovered a fumbled punt on the NC State 5-yd line in the first quarter setting up a Louisville score.
- Sophomore kick returner Jeremy Wright recorded a 58-yd return down the left sideline in the second quarter to give the Cardinals the ball at the State 40-yd line. It was Wright's longest kick return of the season. It was Wright's second big kick return in a bowl game after returning one 95 yards for a touchdown in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl last season.
- Linebacker Preston Brown dashed for 37 yards on a fake punt in the third quarter to give Louisville a first down on the NC State 18-yd line. It was Louisville's third longest run of the season and the second time the Cardinals have rushed for a first down on a fake punt. Previously, Chris Philpott dashed for 40 yards on fourth down in the season-opener.
- Freshman Terell Floyd recovered Josh Bleser's onside kick in the third quarter. It marked the second time this season the Cardinals' recovered an onside kick. The Cardinals finished 1-for-2 on onside kicks on the night.