Cards v. Cougs post game notes

  • Louisville produced a school record 779 yards of total offense (the previous record for both was the 769 yards the Cardinals amassed in a 63-45 victory at East Carolina on Nov. 14, 1998. The Cardinals had five scoring drives of 75 yards or more.

  • The 66 U of L points were its most since the Cardinals beat Murray State 68-0 on September 9, 1990. The Cards' 34 first-half points were its most first-half points since tallying 38 points in the first half against Grambling on September 9, 1999 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Conversely, the 45 points allowed by U of L in the game were the most by an opponent since TCU beat the Cards 45-31 last season (10-19-03).

  • Louisville's 445 rushing yards were the fourth-highest in school history and third-best in Conference USA.

  • WR J.R. Russell extended his streak of consecutive receptions to 22 games with a catch in the first quarter. He caught a career-high nine passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. It's his fourth 100-yard game of the season and his career. He's only eighth player in school history to have four 100-yard games in a career. For the season, the Russell has caught 62 passes for 958 yards, the sixth highest season total ever for a Cardinal.

  • QB Stefan LeFors notched his third 300-yard game of the season. He now has 2,710 yards this season, which is the sixth-highest in school history. LeFors completed passes to 10 different receivers today.

  • Louisville's seven rushing TD's are the second-most for the Cards ever in a single game. The Cardinals' 31 touchdowns on the season is the second-most in school history and its most since 29 in 1998.

  • RB Lionel Gates set new career-highs for carries (23) and yards (140), marking the first 100-yard game of his career. He rushed for four TDs, becoming the ninth player in school history to run for four or more in a game.

  • RB Michael Bush rushed for a career-high 137 yards on a career-best 15 carries.

  • SS Brent Johnson recorded 12 tackles for the Cardinals, matching a career-high.

  • The Cardinals opened the game with an 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive. It marked the sixth time the Cards scored on their initial drive.

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