Oct. 28, 2002
Seniors Dave Ragone and Damien Dorsey have heated up in recent weeks and today the University of Louisville quarterback and his favorite receiver were named the Conference USA Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, after helping the Cards to a 44-20 victory over conference rival East Carolina at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.
Ragone, the two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, misfired on his first pass attempt but then completed a school-record 18 consecutive passes on his way to a career-high five touchdown day. He joined former teammate Chris Redman as the only two U of L QBs to pass for at least five scores in a game and finished the game 23-of-32 for 352 yards, just 16 shy of his career high. In the process, Ragone moved past Tulane's Patrick Ramsey and into third place on the C-USA career touchdown responsibility list, he has now accounted for 76 scores for his career. He also moved past Tulane's Shaun King and into fourth place on the C-USA charts with 7,689 career passing yards.
Ragone also played a hand in Dorsey's success as he hooked up with the 5-7 wideout nine times for 158 yards and three scores, all career highs for the receiver. The three first-half touchdowns tied five U of L players for the third-most receiving touchdowns in a game and marked the most since Lavell Boyd hauled in four against Houston in 1999. Averaging 16.3 yards per punt return to rank No. 8 nationally, Dorsey also returned five punts for 70 yards, including a long of 34 yards, and the shifty return man wowed the crowd with several fantastic Barry Sanders-like moves.
This marks the second time this season that Ragone, who shared the award this week with Tulane QB J.P. Losman, and Dorsey have claimed the league's offensive and defensive player of the week honors. UAB safety Thurman Pearson was the league's defensive player of the week.