Postgame Notes: UofL vs. UConn

Post-game notebook for Louisville's 26-0 shutout win against UConn Saturday at PJCS. The Cardinals improved to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Big East with the victory.

With the 26-0 victory over Connecticut, Louisville takes the lead in the all-time series, 4-3. Louisville is 61-19 all-time at home.

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

With the touchdown in the first quarter, Louisville bettered its record to 4-0 when scoring first in a game.

The Cardinals accomplished two feats with the shutout today: it is the first time Louisville has shut out a BIG EAST opponent. It is the first time since 2004 that the Cardinal defense has recorded a pair of shutouts in a season.

Today's attendance at the Louisville-Connecticut game is 48,591, fourth-most all-time at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Bilal Powell becomes the first Louisville running back to rush for 100 yards in four-consecutive games since Anthony Shelman accomplished the feat from Sept. 17, 1994-Oct. 15, 1994. The school record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games is five, set by Deon Booker from Sept. 17, 1988-Oct. 15, 1988.

With the 105 rushing yards in today's game, Bilal Powell now has 1,003 yards this season on 142 carries. He is averaging 143.3 yards per game for 7.06 yards per carry. Powell also recorded a season high in rushing attempts, carrying the ball 27 times. The previous high was 24, which he recorded against Cincinnati.

Also, Powell is now one of four players at the NCAA Division I level to reach the 1,000-yard mark, along with Michigan's Denard Robinson, Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter and Auburn's Cam Newton.

Head coach Charlie Strong tabbed Byron Stingily and Cameron Graham as captains for today's game against Connecticut.

Connecticut won the toss and deferred to the second half.

The Cardinals have outscored their opposition 122-48 in the first half this season.

Greg Scruggs did not make the start at defensive end today, breaking his streak of 20-straight starts.

Brandon Dunn earned the first start of his collegiate career as a true freshman on defense.

Brandon Heath has his first pass breakup of the season with less than 4:30 remaining in the first quarter. It was the fourth of his career.

Josh Chichester and Josh Bellamy each extended their streak of games with at least one reception to six in the first half. With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Chichester hauled in a 19-yard catch. Bellamy had a nine-yard reception with less than five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Chichester finished the game with two catches for 33 yards, while Bellamy finished the game with one catch for nine yards.

Andrell Smith hauled in a 42-yard reception with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. The catch is the longest of his career. He finished the game with three catches for 62 yards.

Doug Beaumont scored on a 74-yard punt return 1:10 into the third quarter, extending the Cards lead, 20-0. It is the fifth longest return in school history. It is Beaumont's first career punt return touchdown.

The fumble recovery by Deon Rogers in the first quarter is the first of his career.

Adam Froman connected with Cameron Graham from two-yards out to give Louisville a 7-0 lead. It is Froman's 17th career passing touchdown, and Graham's fifth career touchdown reception.

Johnny Patrick just recorded his seventh career interception in the second quarter, returning it for 13 yards. It is his third of the season. He finished the game with four tackles. He has registered three interceptions in the last four contests.

The Cardinals forced 11 turnovers in the last three games. They currently are +9 in the turnover margin in the last four games.

It is the third time this season the Cardinal defense has not allowed any individual rusher to gain 100 yards on the ground.

Daniel Brown recorded his sixth tackle for a loss in the second quarter. He ranks second on the team behind Rodney Gnat, who has 6.5 tackles-for-loss. Brown finished the game with five tackles.

Chris Philpott connected on four field goals today - 39 yards, 42 yards, 26 yards and 24 yards, respectively. The four field goals tie him for the most in a game all-time with Nate Smith (four vs. Houston, 2000) and Art Carmody (four vs. Pittsburgh, 2005)

Hakeem Smith registered his second career fumble recovery with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. He previously had a fumble recovery earlier this season at Arkansas State. He registered a team-high and career-high in tackles with eight (seven solo, one assisted).

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