Notebook: Louisville beats North Carolina St.

Here are a few notebook items from the University of Louisville's 30-18 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals are now bowl eligible and 6-2 on the season.

MAULDIN SAYS HE WILL BE 'FINE'

Louisville senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin went down early in the game with a shoulder injury but came back. And then he went down again.

The second time, Mauldin said he "felt my hamstring pop" and he was finished for the night in a 30-18 win over N.C. State. Mauldin was helped to the locker room and didn't come back onto the field for the rest of the fourth quarter.

"If they needed me, I would have fought over it," Mauldin said. "Right now, I am icing it and I have an MRI tomorrow. I hope it's not anything too serious, I really doubt it is too serious. I will be fine."

Mauldin said when it happened he felt it could be serious.

"I've had some trouble with it the past week," he said. "But I have been just trying to fight through it and nurture it in the training room."

Mauldin had another solid game with five tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss. He now has 35 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks on the season.

For his career, Mauldin has 20 sacks and is No. 9 on the school's all-time list.

QUICK OUT WITH FOOT INJURY

Sophomore wide receiver James Quick was sidelined in the second quarter with a foot injury and only returned for a couple of plays.

Quick, who had one catch for three yards, was injured on a punt return when he got tangled up with two other players.

He was taken to the locker room before halftime for X-Rays but came back out and was on the field for a couple of plays in the second half. Quick told a teammate after the game that he was "good" but left the stadium wearing a protective boot.

SAMPLE THE LEADER AGAIN

A late addition to the roster in July, junior cornerback James Sample has been huge for the U of L defense in several games.

Sample led the team with 11 tackles in the win over the Wolfpack.

"He's a really good football player and we're happy he's here," Petrino said. "He made a huge difference in our defense the minute he walked in the door just because of the way he approaches the meetings and the practices and how quickly he learned.

"He can run, he can tackle and he does a good job of playing the ball."

Sample now has 47 tackles this season and is second on the team, trailing only linebacker Keith Kelsey, who has 51 tackles.

HOLLIMAN GETS AN EASY ONE

It didn't come until the last play, but safety Gerod Holliman picked up his nation-leading eighth interception against the Wolfpack.

And it was an easy one.

Holliman was playing center field for the Cardinals, knowing N.C. State was going to have to throw a Hail Mary into the end zone. He just stood there for the easy catch.

"It counts, right," Holliman said to his teammates, who after the game were giving him grief for the easy reception.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

***Louisville is now on a 22-game winning streak with Bobby Petrino as the head coach, dating back to a 2003 loss to Memphis. The Cardinals are 26-1 at home under Petrino.

***U of L's defense has held opponents to 1-for-8 on fourth down this season.

***The Cardinals had a streak of 17 straight quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown snapped late in the first quarter.

***U of L is bowl eligible for the fifth straight year and the fifth time with Petrino at the helm as head coach.

***•Kicker John Wallace is now second on the all-time list - just past Nate Smith - for field goals made. Wallace has 47 for his career and trails only all-time leader Art Carmody (60, 2004-07).

***Kristi Knop was named homecoming queen. She is the granddaughter of Otto Knop, whose No. 56 is an honored U of L football number (1949-52). He was inducted into the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979, the second induction class. Her father football Otto Jr. lettered at UofL from 1977-79.


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