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              === Louisville records wet win at Southern Miss ===
 
 Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Senorise Perry's 14-yard touchdown run with
 5:35  to  play led  19th-ranked Louisville  to a 21-17  win over Southern Miss
 in a wet matchup Saturday night.
 
 Perry  reached the end zone twice and had 22 carries for 118 yards while Teddy
 Bridgewater  went  9-for-13 with 85 yards,  one score and one interception for
 the Cardinals (5-0), who had their closest margin of the victory this season.
 
 "You  know for  us to come in  and survive the conditions that we played under
 tonight,  just speaks about our team, a resilient team," said Louisville coach
 Charlie  Strong.  "You watched tonight the  way we battled, we just refused to
 lose."
 
 Desmond  Johnson carried the  ball 14 times for 99 yards, Jalen Richard had 13
 touches for 62 yards and a score while Kendrick Hardy totaled 44 yards on four
 rushes  for  the  Golden  Eagles  (0-4),  who got  just  25  yards  on  2-of-8
 passing from Ricky Lloyd.
 
 "We're  not going to try to wholesale a new offense," said Southern Miss coach
 Ellis  Johnson. "We've got to use the personnel we've got. Ricky only had five
 days of practice and he's only going to get better. There were a lot of things
 we never even got to that looked good in practice because of the conditions."
 
 Heavy rain fell throughout the game, leaving large puddles on the field.
 
 Louisville  began the winning drive at the Southern Miss 22 after Peter Boehme
 punted  only six yards. Six plays later, on 3rd-and-goal at the 14, Perry took
 a  handoff up  the middle and kicked it  out to the right. The extra point was
 blocked, but the team held a 21-17 lead.
 
 The  Golden Eagles got  down to the Louisville 25 with under a minute to play,
 but  a fourth  down pass from Johnson  was broken up and Louisville killed off
 the rest of the clock.
 
 The Cardinals started the game with the ball and the rain pouring down. Passes
 of  nine and 15 yards moved the ball across midfield. At the Southern Miss 29,
 Bridgewater  hit DeVante Parker on a 29-yard score. The extra point failed and
 it was a 6-0 game with 11:45 left in the first.
 
 Later  in the frame,  Reggie Hunt picked off a Bridgewater pass and took it 23
 yards the other way for a 7-6 lead.
 
 Following  a Louisville  punt, Southern Miss marched the ball 84 yards in just
 eight  plays,  including a 50-yard  run by Johnson, to  set up a 21-yard field
 goal from Corey Acosta for a 10-6 advantage with 1:35 left in the first.
 
 Another  Cardinals punt  saw the  Golden Eagles  added to  their advantage  as
 Richard's  1-yard  score made it  a 17-6  game with 6:15  to play in the first
 half.
 
 Louisville,  though,  answered with a  nine-play, 57-yard drive that saw Perry
 get  the  final 45 yards on  six carries and plunged  into the end zone from a
 yard  out. The  team went for the  2-point conversion, but failed and it was a
 17-12 game going into the break.
 
 John  Wallace's 38-yard  field goal  late in  the third  quarter was  the only
 points  of the frame  as the Golden Eagles took a 17-15 lead into the final 15
 minutes.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Louisville  has  off next week before  opening Big East play at Pittsburgh ...
 Southern  Miss hosts Boise State next Saturday ... Louisville has won the past
 six  games  against the Golden  Eagles, who still have  an 18-11-1 lead in the
 series  ... Southern  Miss had 224 yards on the ground while Louisville, which
 also got 84 yards on 20 carries from Jeremy Wright, got 184 rushing yards.
 
 09/30 01:49:18 ET

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