Notebook: Louisville's win over Pittsburgh

A quick recap of some nuggets and notes from the University of Louisville's 45-35 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday at Heinz Field. The Cardinals are now 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big East Conference play.


Junior running back Senorise Perry has a career game against the Panthers, rushing 12 times for 101 yards and four touchdowns.

Perry scored on runs of 6, 2, 1 and 59 yards against the Panthers.

"He is an interesting kid," center Mario Benavides said of Perry. "He works his butt off. Whatever the coaches ask him to do whether it is special teams or anything, he does. He is always willing to do it for the team. He doesn't care how much he scores or if he has to come out of the running back position.

"He is willing to do that. I am really proud him."

Perry has now rushed for a team-high nine touchdowns this season with six of those coming in the past two games. He had two against Southern Mississippi.

On the season, Perry has now rushed 96 times for 559 yards and nine TDs. He's averaging 5.8 yards a carry and 93.2 yards a game.

Perry became the first U of L player to rush for four TDs in a game since Michael Bush did it in the 2005 triple-overtime game against West Virginia.


The victory ended a four-game losing streak to the Panthers.

The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh for the first time since the 2007 season and won for the first time at Heinz Field since the 2006.

The 6-0 mark is the best start since 2006 when the Cardinals started the season 8-0 before losing to Rutgers during the Orange Bowl season.

It also marked the first time since '06 that U of L won the Big East opener, a 23-17 win over Cincinnati. The Cardinals are now 2-6 in Big East openers.


Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had another solid outing for the Cardinals, completing 17 of 26 passes for 304 yards and one TD.

Bridgewater is now 11-5 as a starting quarterback and the 304 yards is the second highest total for his career.

Bridgewater has now thrown a TD pass in five straight games.

For the season, Bridgewater now has completed 117 of 163 passes for 1,438 yards and nine touchdowns with only three interceptions.


Freshman linebacker Keith Brown led the Cardinals in tackles for the second consecutive game, garnering 12 tackles.

Brown, who is from Miami, Fla., saw more action against Pittsburgh because Daniel Brown and James Burgess were out with injuries. Daniel Brown is sidelined with a dislocated knee, according to ESPNU.

Keith Brown was injured on The Opening kickoff during the season-opener against Kentucky and missed the next two games. He returned for the Florida International game and led U of L with nine tackles against Southern Miss.

For the season, Keith Brown now has 23 tackles.


Several key players were missing for the Cardinals.

Defensive end B.J. Dubose didn't make the trip and U of L coach Charlie Strong told the media after the game it was "our standards" he didn't meet.

Offensive lineman John Miller missed the game with a leg injury he suffered against Southern Mississippi. Kamran Joyer replaced him on the line.


--Safety Calvin Pryor leads the Cardinals in tackles on the season with 46. Next in line are Hakeem Smith and Adrian Bushell at 32 apiece.

--Hakeem Smith made his team-high 31st consecutive start at safety. Offensive tackle Alex Kupper, a former walk-on from Trinity High School started his 19th consecutive game, while Jake Smith started his 18th in a row.

--DeVante Parker surpassed the 150-yard receiving mark, making him the first U of L player to do that since Patrick Carter had 154 against Utah in 2007.

--Placekicker John Wallace made a career-long 45-yard field goal with three seconds left in the second quarter. He is 5-for-5 this season.

--Junior linebacker Champ Lee blocked his first career punt.

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