Cards score a lopsided win; nine score TDs

The University of Louisville moved to 4-0 on the season with a lopsided 72-0 victory over Florida International on Saturday. The Cardinals had nine different players score a touchdown in the contest.

The University of Louisville football team put together their most dominating effort of the season Saturday afternoon, downing Florida International University by a score of 72-0.

The game marks Louisville's widest margin of victory since defeating Temple 62-0 in September of 2006- the same year the Cardinals won the Orange Bowl. It is the program's first shutout since 2010, when they beat Connecticut 26-0.

The margin is the sixth largest in school history and the largest margin in modern history.

Louisville has posted three shutouts during Charlie Strong's tenure, but Saturday's effort is the most resounding.

"It was a great team win today and if you look at it, we were just truly a better football team than FIU," Strong said following the game.

"I think about just how far our program has come in two years, when two years ago they came in here and beat us and last year it was a seven-point game. On offense, defense, and in the kicking game our team responded."

The game was so lopsided the game officials – a crew from Conference-USA – took the liberty to keep the clock rolling most of the second half.

"You don't ever want to try and just embarrass a team," Strong said. "At some point, you might be on that side of the ball also.

"I respect that program, I'm not just trying to see how bad we can beat an opponent."

The Louisville defense held FIU to a total of 30 yards of offense on the afternoon (27 passing, 3 rushing), while never allowing the Panthers to enter Louisville territory.

The team held FIU 1 of 13 on third down conversions. Before the Panthers moved the chains on a third down early in the third quarter, the Cardinals hadn't allowed a conversion in 21-consecutive attempts.

The dominance extended beyond the defensive side of the ball, as nine different players scored touchdowns for the Cardinals. The team compiled 464 yards of total offense.

DeVante Parker had another standout day, catching six passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Parker now has a touchdown in 10-consecutive games. Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald owns the NCAA record with 18-straight games with a touchdown reception.

"As a team (it was our best performance of the season)," quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said.

"We still know we have a long way to go, but we're going to continue to get better each and every day. We're going to take this win and build off of it."

Following a bye next week, the Cardinals will kickoff American Athletic Conference play when they travel to Temple on October 5.


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