Louisville 24 Memphis 17: Key Moments

A look at some of the key moments in the Cardinals victory over the visiting Tigers

>Following an interception and 36 yard return by junior cornerback Charles Gaines in the first quarter the Cardinals offense began its second series of the game at the Memphis 26 yard line. Three consecutive runs by Senorise Perry gave U of L a 4th and inches at the Tigers 17 yard line. Louisville chose to go for it, but Teddy Bridgewater was sacked on a play-action call and Memphis took over on downs. 0-0.

>The Louisville defense was the first to score on Saturday afternoon when senior linebacker Preston Brown recorded his first career touchdown. Facing a second and 10 and their own 40 yard line, reserve defensive end Sheldon Rankins recorded his third sack of the season and forced a fumble by Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. Brown scooped up the loose ball and returned it 48 yards for the touchdown. Louisville 7-0.

>After Lynch connected with Keiwone Malone for a 47-yard pass play, the Tigers were knocking on the door with a first and goal at the Louisville 1-yard line. A series of stellar defensive plays kept Memphis out of the end zone. Freshman linebacker Keith Kelsey hit Brandon Hayes for a one-yard loss. Defensive end Marcus Smith pressured Lynch out of the pocket and into a quick throw that fell incomplete. On third down, linebacker James Burgess stood Hayes up at the one. Memphis converted a 18-yard field goal. Louisville 7-3.

>Holding a 17-3 halftime advantage, Louisville banged out a 16 play, 75 yard touchdown drive to begin the third quarter. Teddy Bridgewater was 6 of 7 for 40 yards on the drive and Dominique Brown rushed for 32 yards and had 17 yards receiving on the drive that he capped off with a 4-yard scoring run. Louisville 24-3.

>Midway through the fourth quarter, with the Cardinals seemingly in control, the Tigers pieced together their best offensive drive of the game. Using a balanced attack, Memphis marched 86 yards on 12 plays in 6 minutes. Facing a 4th and 11 at their 36 yard line, the Cardinals defense allowed a 15-yard run on a quarterback keeper to keep the drive alive. Lynch found tight end Jesse Milleson for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Louisville 24-17.

>With less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Memphis defense forced the Cardinals into a punting situation from the Tigers 44 yard line. As Ryan Johnson's punt sailed into the end zone, a yellow flag was tossed for a roughing the punter call, giving U of L a new set of downs at the Memphis 29.


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