Allen, though, quickly made up for his mistake, taking the ensuing kick off 97 yards to tie the score at 7 just 25 seconds into the game.
"That was unbelievable," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said of the game's wild start. "I don't even know who recovered (the fumble on the kickoff), but for us to kick it off after we scored and them to run it back for a score is unbelievable. We had some missed tackles on that, but he had a nice run too."
The Cardinals scored again on their next possession with Bush's 5-yard run. U of L then forced a Panther punt deep in their own territory, resulting in a bad snap that sailed through the end zone for a safety and put U of L ahead 16-7.
U of L sophomore quarterback Brian
Brohm guided the Cardinal offense
to 467 yards.
"We'd like to get more points on the board early," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "When a fake (field goal) doesn't work, then you're stupid. I thought we also left one out there on Montrell's fumble and that makes you nervous. (But) our offense stayed poised and it was big to score there before the end of the first half."
Louisville scored on the first possession of the second half on Bush's three-yard run to put the Cardinals up 29-20. However, Bush injured his left foot on the play and didn't return to the game. Petrino said afterward that x-rays were negative. Bush, who has rushed for a school-record tying 20 touchdowns this season, will have an MRI Friday to determine the extent of the injury.
"Michael is alright," Petrino said. "After the game, he said he'd be ready for next week. The x-ray showed no break, so now it's just a matter of getting him ready for next week."
"I feel fine," Bush said. "It's just one incident. I don't feel like I'm out of the game plan (for next week). I just came up a little sore but I'll be okay. I should be back for Rutgers."
The Cardinals added 13 more points, and the defense shutout the Panthers in the second half. The win, U of L's sixth of the season, makes the Cardinals bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season.
Carmody made field goals of 46, 47, 32 and 36 yards. His four field goals matched the school single-game record set by Nate Smith in 2000. A sophomore, Cardmody has connected on 10-12 field goal attempts on the season.
"Those kicks (by Carmody) were huge and even though we had the wind behind us, he hit it really well," Petrino said. "He's been doing that for a couple of weeks in practice. Harry Douglas (holder) also did a nice job of getting a couple high snaps down for the kicks and it was good for us to see Art do that."
Next up for Louisville will be Rutgers next Friday night at PJCS>