NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at Louisville|
(Thursday, September 6th)
Final Score: (8) Louisville 58, Middle Tennessee 42
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Anthony Allen set a school record with 275
rushing yards and scored twice, as eighth-ranked Louisville survived a
first-half scare and downed Middle Tennessee, 58-42, at Papa John's Cardinal
Brian Brohm threw for a career-high 401 yards on 25-of-39 passing and had five
touchdown passes for Louisville (2-0), which led just 38-35 at the break.
Mario Urrutia and Gary Barnidge each finished with well over 100 yards
receiving and scored two touchdowns apiece.
Phillip Tanner rushed for 144 yards and three TDs while Joe Craddock threw for
290 yards and two scores for Middle Tennessee (0-2).
After trading blows with the Blue Raiders for the entire first half,
Louisville was finally able to gain some breathing room in the third quarter.
Art Carmody upped the advantage to 41-35 with a 30-yard field goal to cap an
11-play march. Brohm then connected with Urrutia for a 22-yard TD completion
with 2:51 remaining in the stanza to increase the lead to 13.
Carmody added another 30-yarder with under 30 ticks left in the third that
made it 51-35.
Tanner started the fourth with a 79-yard burst up the middle to bring Middle
Tennessee within nine.
Harry Douglas hauled in Brohm's final touchdown pass of the night moments
later, however, and the defense held from there.
Louisville opened up the game with an 81-yard touchdown strike from Brohm to
Middle Tennessee, though, struck right back on the ensuing possession, as
Craddock and DeMarco McNair hooked up for a 78-yard TD pass to tie the game.
The big-play dynamic continued in the next sequence, with Brohm finding
Urrutia for a 71-yard TD to put the Cardinals back in front.
The Blue Raiders coughed up the ball on the subsequent kickoff, and Louisville
capitalized with a five-yard Allen touchdown run to establish a 21-7 edge.
That hardly spelled the end for the Blue Raiders, who sliced their deficit to
seven with Tanner's 23-yard scamper to pay dirt.
On Louisville's next scoring drive, Brohm connected with Douglas, but he
fumbled and Barnidge recovered for a score with less than six minutes to play
in the first quarter to give Louisville a 28-14 lead. However, Craddock
countered with a 24-yard TD toss to Bobby Williams to make it a seven-point
game once again.
Carmody stretched the lead to 10 with a 31-yard field goal early in the second
quarter, but McNair answered with a 39-yard TD run to make it 31-28.
One-yard touchdown runs from Allen and Tanner completed the first half
scoring, as Louisville headed into the locker room with a slight 38-35 lead.
Louisville compiled 729 yards of total offense, while the Raiders had
555...The Blue Raiders and Cardinals met for the first time ever last season,
with Louisville posting a 44-17 triumph in Nashville...Louisville's 20-game
winning streak dates back to 2003, when they beat Houston, 66-45.
09/07 00:04:20 ET