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Louisville, which improved to 7-1 on the season, rushed for more than 300 yards in their 36-20 victory at East Carolina on Saturday afternoon. <P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/193691.html"><B>Cards enter Coaches Top 25 Poll</B></a>

Louisville turned to the run for the majority of the afternoon as they turned back the host Pirates of East Carolina 36-20 on Saturday afternoon.

Despite rushing for 305 yards, including Eric Shelton's 118 yards, the Cardinals had to fight off a stingy ECU team and didn't build a comfortable lead until late in the contest.

It wasn't until late in the first quarter that the Louisville offense found the end zone when Eric Shelton scored his seventh touchdown in three games to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.

From that point the two teams exchanged scores throughout the second and third quarters, including five field goals combined. The lone touchdown score during that span came on a 9-yard run by East Carolina's Marvin Townes.

With Louisville leading 16-13 midway through the fourth quarter, East Carolina drove to the Cardinals 33 yard line where they failed to convert a fourth down play. Louisville utilized a reverse to Robert Haskins on their first play following the exchange of possession, which the sophomore receiver turned into a 30-yard run, giving the Cardinals a first down on the Pirates 37 yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Stefan LeFors connected with receiver J.R. Russell for a 35-yard touchdown pass, giving the Cardinals a 23-13 lead.


Gates & Kamer celebrate (AP)
Again, after ECU failed to convert a fourth down possession, Louisville increased their lead to 30-13 when junior running back Lionel Gates scored on a 13-yard touchdown run.

East Carolina added a late touchdown when quarterback Desmond Robinson connected with Terrance Cooper on a two yard pass play to pull the Pirates within ten at 30-20 with 24 seconds remaining in the game.

Following an onside kick, Louisville seemed prepared to run out the clock, but ECU utilized all three of it's timeouts, giving the Cardinals multiple rushing attempts.

"We are going to fight to the end and we are going to call timeouts until the end," explained ECU head coach John Thompson of his decision. "Our job is to stop them, bottom line."

After the Pirates final timeout, senior T.J. Patterson broke free with a run up the middle and ran 42-yards to give the Cardinals the 36-20 victory.

Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors finished the game with 187 passing yards and added another 48 yards rushing.


Interception! (AP)
A trio of Cardinal defenders, Robert McCune, Brent Johnson and Rod Day, led the team with seven tackles. Cornerback Antoine Harris, a converted wide receiver, recorded his third interception of the season late in the first quarter.

NOTES:

  • Louisville's 305 rushing yards is the most single game total since the 2001 season when U of L ran for 328 yards at Tulane. The 305 yards is also 8th most in school history.
  • With his three receptions, tight end Ronnie Ghent has now had at least one reception in 33 consecutive contests.
  • T.J. Patterson's 42-yard run is the longest rush of his career.
  • Junior receiver J.R. Russell has now had at least one reception in 19 straight games.
  • Despite being listed as probable, sophomore receiver and kick returner Broderick Clark did not play against ECU.

    STATSITICS

    Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
    -----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
    Louisville..........  7  3  3 23  - 36
    East Carolina.......  0  3 10  7  - 20
    
    
    
    Scoring Summary:
    1st 03:17 LOU - SHELTON, Eric 3 yd run (SMITH, Nate kick)
              13 plays, 62 yards, TOP 5:09, LOU 7 - ECU 0
    2nd 12:54 ECU - BROADWELL, Cam 21 yd field goal
              5 plays, 52 yards, TOP 2:00, LOU 7 - ECU 3
        08:21 LOU - SMITH, Nate 42 yd field goal
              8 plays, 30 yards, TOP 4:33, LOU 10 - ECU 3
    3rd 11:50 ECU - TOWNES, Marvin 9 yd run (BROADWELL, Cam kick)
              9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:10, LOU 10 - ECU 10
        07:23 LOU - SMITH, Nate 29 yd field goal
              11 plays, 53 yards, TOP 4:27, LOU 13 - ECU 10
        03:37 ECU - BROADWELL, Cam 38 yd field goal
              12 plays, 49 yards, TOP 3:46, LOU 13 - ECU 13
    4th 14:51 LOU - SMITH, Nate 31 yd field goal
              10 plays, 62 yards, TOP 3:46, LOU 16 - ECU 13
        06:47 LOU - RUSSELL, J.R. 35 yd pass from LeFORS, Stefan
    (SMITH, Nate kick)
              3 plays, 67 yards, TOP 1:20, LOU 23 - ECU 13
        02:18 LOU - GATES, Lionel 13 yd run (SMITH, Nate kick)
              6 plays, 37 yards, TOP 3:01, LOU 30 - ECU 13
        00:24 ECU - COPPER, Terranc 2 yd pass from ROBINSON, Desmo
    (BROADWELL, Cam kick)
              9 plays, 77 yards, TOP 1:54, LOU 30 - ECU 20
        00:00 LOU - PATTERSON, T.J. 42 yd run
              3 plays, 50 yards, TOP 0:24, LOU 36 - ECU 20
    

                                       LOU      ECU
    
    FIRST DOWNS...................       26       24
      Rushing.....................       16        7
      Passing.....................        8       15
      Penalty.....................        2        2
    Rushing Attempts..............       45       37
    Yards Gained Rushing..........      310      168
    Yards Lost Rushing............        5        2
    NET YARDS RUSHING.............      305      166
    NET YARDS PASSING.............      187      291
      Passes Attempted............       28       42
      Passes Completed............       17       24
      Had Intercepted.............        0        1
    TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS.........       73       79
    TOTAL NET YARDS...............      492      457
      Average Gain Per Play.......      6.7      5.8
    Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      0-0      0-0
    Penalties: Number-Yards.......     6-46     4-33
    Number of Punts-Yards.........     2-83     2-88
      Average Per Punt............     41.5     44.0
    Punt Returns: Number-Yards....     1-11      0-0
    Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards.     3-67     4-67
    Interceptions: Number-Yards...      1-0      0-0
    Fumble Returns: Number-Yards..      0-0      0-0
    Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
    Possession Time...............    29:27    30:33
    Third-Down Conversions........  5 of 14  9 of 16
    Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 4   0 of 3
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      5-5      3-3
    Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0      0-0
    

    Louisville
    
    Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
    -------------------------------------------------
    SHELTON, Eric        24  123    5  118  1 29  4.9
    PATTERSON, T.J.       3   50    0   50  1 42 16.7
    LeFORS, Stefan        7   48    0   48  0 19  6.9
    BUSH, Michael         5   33    0   33  0 23  6.6
    HASKINS, Robert       1   30    0   30  0 30 30.0
    GATES, Lionel         5   26    0   26  1 13  5.2
    Totals...            45  310    5  305  3 42  6.8
    
    Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sck
    ------------------------------------------------
    LeFORS, Stefan         27-17-0   187  1   35   0
    BUSH, Michael           1-0-0      0  0    0   0
    Totals...              28-17-0   187  1   35   0
    
    Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
    ----------------------------------------
    RUSSELL, J.R.           5   77    1   35
    GHENT, Ronnie           3   31    0   21
    BUSH, Michael           3   13    0   10
    JONES, Tiger            2   18    0   13
    HASKINS, Robert         2   12    0    7
    TINCH, Joshua           1   25    0   25
    OWENS, Richard          1   11    0   11
    Totals...              17  187    1   35
    
    Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20
    ----------------------------------------------
    MOODY, Brent            2   83  41.5   51    1
    Totals...               2   83  41.5   51    1
    
                           Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
    All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
    --------------------------------------------------
    BUSH, Michael         0   0  0  2  37 20  0   0  0
    HASKINS, Robert       1  11 11  0   0  0  0   0  0
    HARRIS, Antoine       0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0
    RILEY, Jimmy          0   0  0  1  30 30  0   0  0
    Totals...             1  11 11  3  67 30  1   0  0
    
    Field goal attempts
    ----------------------------------------
    SMITH, Nate          2nd 08:21  42 yds - Good
    SMITH, Nate          3rd 07:23  29 yds - Good
    SMITH, Nate          4th 14:51  31 yds - Good
    

    East Carolina
    
    Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
    -------------------------------------------------
    TOWNES, Marvin       20   84    2   82  1 14  4.1
    ROBINSON, Desmo      10   55    0   55  0 14  5.5
    LEACH, Vonta          5   25    0   25  0  7  5.0
    TILLMAN, Robert       2    4    0    4  0  4  2.0
    Totals...            37  168    2  166  1 14  4.5
    
    Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sck
    ------------------------------------------------
    ROBINSON, Desmo        42-24-1   291  1   45   0
    Totals...              42-24-1   291  1   45   0
    
    Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
    ----------------------------------------
    COPPER, Terranc        10  142    1   30
    GOOD,Bobby              5   28    0   11
    TOWNES, Marvin          3   32    0   21
    HOURIGAN, Richa         2   52    0   45
    RIOS, Edwin             1   20    0   20
    ROACH, Kevin            1   14    0   14
    TILLMAN, Robert         1    6    0    6
    ROBINSON, Desmo         1   -3    0    0
    Totals...              24  291    1   45
    
    Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20
    ----------------------------------------------
    DOUGHERTY, Ryan         2   88  44.0   48    0
    Totals...               2   88  44.0   48    0
    
                           Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
    All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
    --------------------------------------------------
    TILLMAN, Robert       0   0  0  1  18 18  0   0  0
    FOX, Damarcus         0   0  0  3  49 30  0   0  0
    Totals...             0   0  0  4  67 30  0   0  0
    
    Field goal attempts
    ----------------------------------------
    BROADWELL, Cam       2nd 12:54  21 yds - Good
    BROADWELL, Cam       3rd 03:37  38 yds - Good
    

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