Orange Crush! Cards beat Cuse, 30-20

The Cards once again took to the road this weekend and defeated Syracuse, 30-20, in the Carrier Dome. News, notes and statistics from the victory. <P> <B>ITV Player of the Game: WR J.R. Russell</b>

Game Summary

For the second consecutive game, Louisville took their opening drive for a touchdown. Quarterback Stefan LeFors connected with junior wide receiver J.R. Russell for a 40 yard touchdown pass that gave the Cardinals a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

The Orangemen of Syracuse answered on the their next possession by using a strong ground game, as well as nicely timed passes. Running back Darryl Kennedy tied the score at seven on a 2 yard touchdown run.

A 48 yard field goal by Nate Smith, who turned in an impressive day both kicking field goals, as well as kick offs, with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter gave the Cardinals a 10-7.


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After Syracuse tied the score at 10-10, Louisville once again drove for a touchdown. With a third and goal possession at the Syracuse 1-yard line, senior fullback D.J. Kamer caught a pass from LeFors giving the Cardinals the lead, which they wouldn't surrender the remainder of the contest.

Louisville added another Nate Smith field goal to build a 20-10 halftime lead.

After receiving the second half kickoff, Louisville utilized powerful running by Eric Shelton to set up another score. True freshman Michael Bush caught a short pass from LeFors then bowled over Syracuse defenders to convert a 24 yard touchdown reception.

Syracuse then mounted a comeback, similar to what they did the previous weekend against North Carolina, closing the margain to 27-20. However, that would be as close as the Orangemen would come.

Nate Smith kicked his third field goal of the afternoon, this one from 37 yards, to give the Cardinals a 30-20 victory.

Quotes
Coach Bobby Petrino:
"Yes we did put the ball up in the air today. How many times was it? We came out aggressively in our game calling. We still wanted to establish the run, but it took longer than we wanted to, though we got Eric (Shelton) going in the fourth quarter."

"They dropped the safeties down to try to stop the run, so that left the corners in one-on-one coverage. We took a couple of shots at long balls in the second half and couldn't quite hit them."

"The difference in the game was to hit the long one after we had gotten the first down when we were backed up there in the fourth quarter. We wanted to give the cornerback a different look after having beaten him for the first down."

"The defense came up with some big stops and got the key turnovers. They did a very credible job against a good offense. I really like that Anderson kid. That is a very good offensive team with the running backs and wide receivers that they throw at you."

"We did a tremendous job on the kicking game with the kickoffs into the corner of the end zone, the field goals and the punt that changed the momentum by moving them back some."

J.R. Russell
"Third down is money down. That was the play we had to have to keep us going. I saw the cushion and knew I could beat the corner. I was asking Stefan (LeFors) during the week to just put it up there and let me catch it. I'm bigger than most defensive backs, so I can usually go up over them."

Tryone Saterfield:
"The turnovers were momentum changers. The coach had asked the defense to step up and put some pressure on them and make ourselves felt. On the first one, there was a stunt with Marcus Jones who had looped around and gotten into the backfield. I think the running back saw him coming."

Stefan LeFors:
"On the long first down completion (to Russell in the fourth quarter), I just threw it our there and let him go get it. He's doing that in practice all the time."

(On the first down to Russell on third and seven) "We saw they were playing man and giving him a cushion. He did a great job of driving him back and getting out there off the line quickly"

News & Notes

Running back Eric Shelton rushed for 138 yards to become the first back since T.J. Patterson in 2001 to rush for consecutive 100-yard games. Shelton had 151 rushing yards in Louisville's season-opening win against Kentucky on Aug. 31.

Wide receiver J.R. Russell has caught a pass in a team-high 13 straight games. He had his first reception of the day on Louisville's first drive, a two-yard pass from Stefan LeFors. His streak began Sept. 14 at Colorado State with one three-yard catch.

Russell recorded his first 100-yard receiving game. He is Louisville's first 100-yard receiver since Dontay Spellman had 128 vs. Army in 2001.

Quarterback Stefan LeFors opened the game completing his first six passes (6-for-6, 109 yards). He finished the game 16-for-25 with a career-high 266 yards in just his second start for the Cardinals. It marked his first 200-yard passing game.

Kicker Nate Smith booted a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, the second-longest of his career. He kicked a school record-tying 52-yard field goal in the Cardinals' double-overtime victory at Southern Miss in 2002. Smith finished with three field goals on the day giving him 34 for his career. He moved into a tie for 2nd place on the Cardinals' all-time list with David Akers.

With three extra points on the day, Smith now has 101 for his career. He needs 10 more to catch David Akers for second on Louisville's career list (111).

Defensive end Montavious Stanley recorded his first career sack for a loss of six yards in the second quarter. Stanley hit R.J. Anderson on the Louisville 44-yard line during Syracuse's second drive of the period.

With 129 kickoff return yards on the day, Broderick Clark moved into fifth place in school history with 1,087 kick return yards.

Statistics

Box Score


Box Score (Final) Louisville vs Syracuse (Sep 13, 2003 at Syracuse, NY) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Louisville.......... 10 10 7 3 - 30 Record: (2-0) Syracuse............ 7 3 10 0 - 20 Record: (1-1) LOU SYR FIRST DOWNS................... 18 22 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 39-185 41-217 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 266 229 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 25-16-1 30-19-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 64-451 71-446 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-6 1-18 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 4-129 4-111 Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 1-0 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 3-47.3 4-44.2 Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 3-2 Penalties-Yards............... 5-21 2-20 Possession Time............... 31:08 28:52 Third-Down Conversions........ 7 of 14 7 of 14 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 1 0 of 1 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 2-3 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-6 0-0 RUSHING: Louisville-SHELTON, Eric 24-135; LeFORS, Stefan 5-34; CLARK, B. 1-9; GATES, Lionel 4-9; BUSH, Michael 2-2; KAMER, D.J. 1-1; TEAM 2-minus 5. Syracuse-REYES, Walter 16-87; RHODES, Damien 11-71; ANDERSON,R.J. 9-36; JONES, Jared 1-12; BELTON, Thump 3-9; KENNEDY, Darryl 1-2. PASSING: Louisville-LeFORS, Stefan 16-25-1-266. Syracuse-ANDERSON,R.J. 19-30-0-229. RECEIVING: Louisville-RUSSELL, J.R. 6-133; CLARK, B. 4-48; TINCH, Joshua 2-48; BUSH, Michael 1-24; GHENT, Ronnie 1-7; OWENS, Richard 1-5; KAMER, D.J. 1-1. Syracuse-MORANT, Johnnie 8-141; JONES, Jared 5-47; REYES, Walter 2-17; RHODES, Damien 2-13; FONTENETTE, A. 2-11. INTERCEPTIONS: Louisville-None. Syracuse-SMITH, Anthony 1-0. FUMBLES: Louisville-None. Syracuse-ANDERSON,R.J. 1-1; RHODES, Damien 1-1; REYES, Walter 1-0. Stadium: Carrier Dome Attendance: 38550 Louisville Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg -------------------------------------------- SHELTON, Eric 24 138 3 135 0 20 5.6 LeFORS, Stefan 5 34 0 34 0 16 6.8 CLARK, B. 1 9 0 9 0 9 9.0 GATES, Lionel 4 9 0 9 0 5 2.2 BUSH, Michael 2 3 1 2 0 3 1.0 KAMER, D.J. 1 1 0 1 0 1 1.0 TEAM 2 0 5 -5 0 0 -2.5 Totals... 39 194 9 185 0 20 4.7 Passing Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sck ------------------------------------------- LeFORS, Stefan 25-16-1 266 3 40 0 Totals... 25-16-1 266 3 40 0 Receiving No. Yds TD Long ----------------------------------- RUSSELL, J.R. 6 133 1 40 CLARK, B. 4 48 0 25 TINCH, Joshua 2 48 0 25 BUSH, Michael 1 24 1 24 GHENT, Ronnie 1 7 0 7 OWENS, Richard 1 5 0 5 KAMER, D.J. 1 1 1 1 Totals... 16 266 3 40 Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 ----------------------------------------- MOODY, Brent 3 142 47.3 55 1 Totals... 3 142 47.3 55 1 Punts Kickoffs Intercept All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg --------------------------------------------- CLARK, B. 0 0 0 4 129 50 0 0 0 GLENN, Victor 2 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals... 2 6 6 4 129 50 0 0 0 Field goal attempts ---------------------------------------- SMITH, Nate 1st 01:43 48 yds - Good SMITH, Nate 2nd 06:18 19 yds - Good SMITH, Nate 4th 06:58 37 yds - Good Syracuse Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg -------------------------------------------- REYES, Walter 16 94 7 87 1 35 5.4 RHODES, Damien 11 74 3 71 0 28 6.5 ANDERSON,R.J. 9 45 9 36 0 12 4.0 JONES, Jared 1 12 0 12 0 12 12.0 BELTON, Thump 3 9 0 9 0 6 3.0 KENNEDY, Darryl 1 2 0 2 1 2 2.0 Totals... 41 236 19 217 2 35 5.3 Passing Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sck ------------------------------------------- ANDERSON,R.J. 30-19-0 229 0 42 1 Totals... 30-19-0 229 0 42 1 Receiving No. Yds TD Long ----------------------------------- MORANT, Johnnie 8 141 0 42 JONES, Jared 5 47 0 20 REYES, Walter 2 17 0 10 RHODES, Damien 2 13 0 8 FONTENETTE, A. 2 11 0 6 Totals... 19 229 0 42 Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 ----------------------------------------- CARNEY, Brendan 4 177 44.2 51 2 Totals... 4 177 44.2 51 2 Punts Kickoffs Intercept All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg --------------------------------------------- MORANT, Johnnie 0 0 0 3 94 35 0 0 0 SMITH, Anthony 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 GREGORY, Steve 0 0 0 1 17 17 0 0 0 CLAYTON, Marcus 1 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals... 1 18 18 4 111 35 1 0 0 Field goal attempts ---------------------------------------- BARBER, Collin 2nd 12:48 42 yds - Good BARBER, Collin 3rd 05:19 36 yds - Good FUMBLES: Louisville-None. Syracuse-ANDERSON,R.J. 1-1; RHODES, Damien 1-1; REYES, Walter 1-0.

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