Post-Game Notebook: UC 35, UL 27

Notes from Louisville's 35-27 loss to Cincinnati Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Doug Beaumont's return from a knee injury and Cards three forced turnovers were highlights.

Cincinnati posts a 35-27 victory over Louisville, increasing its all-time lead in the series to 28-21-1.

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong holds a 3-3 record at Louisville. He's 3-4 all-time as a head coach.

Tonight's attendance of 55,106 is the third largest at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Previous highs were accomplished earlier this year: 55,327 vs. Kentucky (Sept. 4) and 51,427 vs. Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 11).

Coach Strong tabbed Doug Beaumont and Antwone Canady as today's game captains.

Cincinnati won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

Darius Ashley made the first start of his career on defense.

Greg Scruggs registered his first career interception with less than nine minutes to go in the first quarter. Scruggs' interception is the first by a defensive lineman since Elvis Dumervil picked one off on Oct. 8, 2005 against North Carolina.

Before the end of the first quarter, Greg Scruggs recovered his second fumble of his career. The last Cardinal to record an interception and recover a fumble in the same game was Antoine Sharp, who accomplished the feat on Oct. 2, 2004, at home against East Carolina.

Josh Chichester caught his sixth career touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Adam Froman with less than seven minutes left in the first quarter.

Today's game is the first that Doug Beaumont hasn't started in which he played after making 27-straight starts.

Doug Beaumont completed his second career pass to Adam Froman in the second quarter. He is 2-for-2 when throwing the ball.

With his six-yard completion to Josh Bellamy at the 11:22 mark in the second quarter, Adam Froman reached the 200 career completion mark.

Josh Bellamy registered his first carry as a Cardinal near the eight-minute mark in the second quarter. He rushed to the left side for a 12-yard gain.

This is Louisville's third-straight game with at least 24 points in the first half.

The last time the Louisville defense forced three turnovers was against Kentucky in 2009.

Senior tight end Cameron Graham set a career high with five receptions in the game. His previous career-best was four at West Virginia last season.

Darius Ashley recorded his second career pick early in the fourth quarter. He also led the team for the second-straight week in tackles, finishing the game with nine.

Placekicker Chris Philpott attempted a career-high four field goals in the game, making two. All three of his misses this season have come from at least 40 yards out (Philpott missed two 40-yarders Friday night). He has made nine straight field goals inside 40 yards, last missing on a 31-yarder against Kansas State on Sept. 17, 2008.

Nate Nord set career highs in receptions (2) and receiving yards (29).

Sophomore wide receiver Andrell Smith set new career-bests with three catches and 59 receiving yards.

The Cardinals rushed for 228 yards against the Bearcats on Friday, the sixth straight game Louisville has gone over 150 yards rushing. U of L's last longer streak was a 16-game stretch from Nov. 22, 2003 to Sept. 4, 2005. The 2004 team rushed for at least 172 yards in all 12 games (and over 200 yards in 11 of the 12).


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