Cards stay perfect, beat Temple, 21-12

The University of Louisville improved to 4-0 on the season by defeating the Temple Owls, 21-12 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday afternoon. <p> <b>UPDATED</b> -- Telfair, Johnson visit and photo.

The University of Louisville remained undefeated with a gritty victory over the Big East's Temple Owls, 21-12 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"Well we're 4-0, which is nice," Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino said. "It's a good team win. Our defense played really hard."

In it's first three wins of the season, the U of L offense, led by quarterback Stefan LeFors, set the tone and paced the Cards in victory.


LeFors knocked out (ITV)
Against the Owls, however, the Cardinal defense stepped up and held off the offensive minded Owls after LeFors went out with a head injury in the first half.

"He's alright," Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino said of LeFors. "I would anticipate that he'll play next week."

Before LeFors injury, the Cards offense performed as efficient as ever.

After receiving the game's opening kick off, LeFors directed the Louisville offense 64 yards in two plays, connecting with wide receiver J.R. Russell for a 55 yard touchdown strike just 55 seconds into the game.

Holding a 7-0 lead, LeFors struck again, this time hitting tight end Richard Owens for a 7 yards touchdown. LeFors and the Cards drove 80 yards in 14 plays to take an early 14-0 first quarter advantage.


Rascatti enters game (ITV)
Just before halftime, back up quarterback Justin Rascatti connected with tight end Ronnie Ghent for a 23 yard touchdown to give the Cards an important 21-0 lead heading to the break.

In the second half, the U of L offense behind Rascatti struggled to gain momentum, punting four of six times it had the ball and committing turnovers its other two possessions.

"It changed our rythem a bit," Petrino said of LeFors injury. "Basically I did a bad job of calling the game and not putting Justin in easy situations."

The Owls finally got on the scoreboard on the last play of the third quarter when Wal Washington connected with Phil Goodman from 26 yards. Jared Davis' point after attempt was blcoked by the U of L special teams and the Cards took an 21-6 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth period the U of L defense rose to the occasion and held off the Owls rally attempt, forcing a punt and a fumble on two of Temple's four fourth quarter possessions.

With 7:37 remaining in the contest, Mike McGann connected with Zamir Cobb from 33 yards out to narrow the Cardinal lead to 21-12.

After that score, the Cards averted a late Justin Rascatii interception and held the Owls offense out of the endzone in the game's final minute.

"It was a lot of fun," Rascatti said of the first extensive action his career. "But as you can see I didn't do my best. So I need to go watch film so I can fix my mistakes."

The Cards take the undefeated record on the road to Tampa where they'll face the South Florida Bulls next Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Cards Conference USA opener.

"We spent a lot of time on South Florida over the spring and summer since they are our conference opener," Petrino said.

Notes

The University of Louisville hosted three talented basketball prospects at today's game against Temple. Sebastian Telfair, Brian Johnson and Donta Smith each enjoyed a nice pregame tailgate with plenty of food and U of L hospitality.


Sebastian at PJCS (ITV)

The talented trio watched the first half of action from the stands behind the Temple bench near the U of L student section before departing the stadium shortly after halftime. All recruits appeared to enjoy their time at the game.

Stay tuned to ITV for a complete photo and video gallery of Telfair, Johnson and Smith's visit to the U of L - Temple game!

GAME STATS

Temple              0  0  6  6-12
Louisville         14  7  0  0-21

First Quarter
UL-Russell 55 pass from LeFors (Smith kick), 14:05
UL-Owens 7 pass from LeFors (Smith kick), 4:44

Second Quarter
UL-Ghent 23 pass from Rascati (Smith kick), 0:06

Third Quarter
TU-Goodman 26 pass from Washington (Davis kick blocked), 0:00

Fourth Quarter
TU-Cobb 33 pass from McGann (Price kick failed), 7:37

A-38,489.

                           TU      UL
First downs                27      21
Rushes-yards            30-53  43-187
Passing                   362     197
Comp-Att-Int          27-54-0 13-24-2
Return Yards              105      35
Punts-Avg.             6-37.8  6-40.3
Fumbles-Lost              2-2     1-1
Penalties-Yards          9-85  15-109
Time of Possession      31:05   28:55

Individual statistics

RUSHING-Temple, Ferguson 14-59, Washington 4-25, Holley 1-(minus-1), McGann 10-(minus-28), TEAM 1-(minus-2). Louisville, Gates 12-60, Shelton 16-51, Bush 6-42, Rascati 7-26, LeFors 1-6, Clark 1-2.

PASSING-Temple, McGann 24-45-0-304, Washington 3-9-0-58. Louisville, Rascati 8-16-2-97, LeFors 5-7-0-100, Bush 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING-Temple, Chuku 7-103, Cobb 6-98, Stubbs 6-78, Goodman 6-69, Ferguson 2-14. Louisville, Russell 5-99, Clark 3-52, Owens 2-12, Ghent 1-23, Tinch 1-7, Gates 1-4.


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